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Christian Whiton is a former deputy special envoy for human rights in North Korea for the George W. Bush administration. He is president of the Hamilton Foundation; a principal with DC Advisory, which is a public policy consultancy; and the author of "Smart Power: Between Diplomacy and War." The views expressed are his own.
(CNN)When I worked in a corner of the State Department where China's human rights transgressions loomed large, we had a sardonic saying: "Commies love pageantry." The joke was based on a trait Beijing exhibited time and again: an obsession with the symbolism of statecraft, which often exceeded the attention Beijing paid to substance.