A senior Chinese diplomat, on a visit to Hungary on Thursday, defended the government’s detention of artist and activist Ai Weiwei.
Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying made the comments after talks with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, although Fu said Ai was not raised during their discussions.
“There are rules and laws in China that need to be applied just like here,” Fu said. “And individuals, maybe they are your friends, maybe they agree with you more than others, but that should not make (them) … above the law.
“It is very condescending for the Europeans to come in to tell China that some people are beyond the law,” Fu said.