From The Washington Post (link):
In years past, the Chinese government’s poor human rights record was only a problem for you if you happened to be Chinese. But as China’s power and influence in Asia grow, its hostility toward human rights is becoming a problem for non-Chinese, too. Propelled mostly by economic opportunism, China is fast becoming the friend of last resort for some of the world’s most isolated dictators and bad guys — in Asia and beyond.
April 23, 2006