How China Spins Information To Save Its Image
What China says …
Special report: Dalai’s separatist activities condemned
BEIJING, March 22 (Xinhua) — More Chinese communities in foreign countries have condemned the sabotage activities in Tibet incited by the Dalai Lama clique and the recent assaults on Chinese embassies and consulates by “Tibet independence” forces.
A commentary in the “People’s Daily” Saturday accuses the Dalai Lama of plotting recent anti-government protests in Tibet in hopes of undermining the upcoming Beijing Olympics and splitting Tibet from China.
The official Xinhua news agency Friday released a new total for those it called “innocents” killed during the violence, updating the number from 13 to 18. The report said one of the dead was a policeman and the others were civilians.
Xinhua reported separately that countries around the world have voiced support for China’s handling of the Tibetan riots. Xinhua listed 15 countries that have made various statements reiterating their support for China on the issue. But there was no mention of the many countries that have been critical.
BEIJING (AP) — The flagship newspaper of China’s ruling Communist Party called Saturday for efforts to “resolutely crush” anti-government demonstrations by Tibetans, while Beijing urged people to turn in those on a “Most Wanted” list of 21 protesters.
As Chinese troops smothered Tibetan-heavy areas to avert additional unrest, U.S. presidential hopeful John McCain, a Republican, and House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, joined a growing international chorus of criticism against the crackdown.
What others say …
The authoritarian crackdown by the Chinese state on the people of Tibet is in full swing. Since foreigners and journalists are now banned from the country and Tibetans can be jailed for speaking to foreign media, there’s little anyone outside China can do now to influence events. The People’s Liberation Army will do what it does, and all expressions of public dissent in Tibet will be ruthlessly crushed — again.
WASHINGTON — China’s violent crackdown on protesters in Tibet is having powerful political reverberations in Washington, where the White House is weighing how far to go in condemning the Chinese government, even as it defends President Bush’s decision to attend the Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Hundreds of campaigners have marched through London in a noisy demonstration against China’s continued crackdown on protesters in Tibet.
The group, which included many exiled Tibetans, marched from Regent’s Park to Trafalgar Square waving placards.
There are always two sides to every story, I just don’t agree with the side China has taken. I do have a special place in my heart for the Dalai. I met him many years ago after a lecture. Nowhere in his talk did he intimate that he advocated the actions we see today. Diplomatic support is very different than violent protest. The Dalai truly embodies the “Middle Way” and does not fit the description described by China’s media. I long for a peaceful solution to this crisis that includes freedom of religion and cultural integrity.