Only the politically inept would:
- privately tell the Chinese that they’ll ratify the extradition treaty we have with them;
- have four (i.e. the number of death in Chinese numerology) government ministers (including the Prime Minister) publicly declare that the treaty is good for Australia and ought to be ratified ASAP; and
- back down within 24 hours when it becomes apparent that NOBODY will support ratification of the treaty – and cause the Chinese to lose more face than they otherwise would.
Yep, real smart.