Chinese Relations Make Mockery of Foreign Policy

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I WOULD like to add my voice to Jonathan Mirsky's, who asks why the Government defers so slavishly to Beijing (23 February).

I was one of the pro-Tibetan demonstrators present last year when Chinese President Hu Jintao visited Downing Street. The police chose to move us along at the crucial moment, so when the presidential cavalcade passed we were crossing the road with our banners rolled up.

They then placed us next to a group of suspiciouslooking men in black suits with red flags who proceeded to beat drums to drown out the Tibetan slogans and jeer at us.

When Tv crews tried to interview us, we couldn't make our voices heard.

The arrogance of the counter-demonstrators and the support they received from our police was startling.

What happened to the Government's much-vaunted ethical foreign policy?

Urmilla Sinha, Brighton.

Pedalling chaos a blight on city

LAST week, I was walking down a central London side street when a cyclist came tearing down the middle of the pavement towards me. As he passed, I shouted: "What's wrong with the road?"

The young man suddenly came shooting back past me and spat at me before riding off the pavement and onto the road. Sadly, he is far from the only offender. Last summer, I was nearly run over by two policewomen cycling round a corner on the pavement. If the police do it, it is hardly surprising ordinary people think they can.

Alison Sutherland, SW7.

FURTHER to your report about Tube drivers suspended for reading or turning round while in their cabs (22 February), I see motorists doing worse at the wheel every day. They drink coffee, talk into mobiles, eat sandwiches - all of which distracts them from the road. I've even seen them jump the lights while engaged in one of these activities. …