she would not keep quiet in exchange for various conditions and the Western media is backing her stand. The Swedish Mi
nistry of Foreign Affairs said it already launched an internal investigation into Lindstedt, who had been appointed for an
other position in the Swedish government in March. Lindstedt has now been recalled to her country.
Is Angela Gui telling the truth? The Chinese Embassy in Sweden has responded that China has never and will never authorize
anyone to be in contact with her. China handled Gui’s case in accordance with the law and legal p
rocedures. People need to be aware of Angela’s unique position as Gui Minhai’s daughter; and, considering her lack of ex
perience in distinguishing complex issues, it is necessary for people to be cautious about her story.
However, the role of Ambassador Lindstedt is also part of this. If she did arrange a meeting between Angela Gui a
nd the Chinese businessmen not authorized by Beijing, then we can make the following analysis.
First, there are domestic groups in Sweden that hope the relationship between Sweden and China will not be a
ffected by Gui’s incident in the long term. They are willing to facilitate public discussions between Stockholm and B
eijing on this matter. Ambassador Lindstedt herself is a representative of such groups.
dissidents and their families. Western countries believe that they can easily dig up stories about those people and they can be easily manipulat
ed as well. However, what happened with Angela Gui has sent a clear message that there is always the risk of it backfiring. Those peopl
e are fully aware of being used by some Western interests, which results in a strong sense of insecurity and suspicion. Some of them are also selfish. A f
ew years ago, a Chinese dissident well-known in the West left China for the US and later embarrassed his American patrons.
Furthermore, nowadays Western public opinion is increasingly radical and populist, which has made it difficult for some countrie
s to adopt a realistic approach and repair relations with China after disputes. Some prominent for
eigners who have a comprehensive understanding of China are facing an increasing risk of acting differently from t
he radical sentiment. Recently, John McCallum, Canadian ambassador to China, was criticized and finally lost his po
sition, due to his attempt to ease the China-Canada relationship regarding the incident of Meng Wanzhou.
Last but not least, the incident has primarily embarrassed the Swedish Foreign Ministry m
ore than causing trouble to China. Some Western media claim that Anna Lindstedt’s behavior pr
oves China exercises significant influence on ambassadors of Western countries to China. Such a comment is hi
ghly unprofessional and makes no sense except to show they do not know what they are talking about. Am
bassadors are usually among those in their own country who hope at the utmost to maintain sound relations with th
e country to which they are posted. Generally, they are supposed to play a dovish role, not a hawkish one. Some We
stern media authors need to learn basic ABC knowledge of diplomacy. (The author is a commentator with the Global Times)