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March 22, 2008

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.

China Vows to Crush Tibet’s Independence Movement

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.

China Claims Wide Support for Tibetan Crackdown

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.

Chinese Media: ‘Crush’ Tibet Protests

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.

“SPLIT THE MOTHERLAND”
The official media of the northwest region of Xinjiang warned against outbreaks of unrest there inspired by Tibetan protests.
“No matter whether it’s Tibetan independence, Xinjiang independence or Taiwanese independence, their goal is all the same — to create chaos and split the motherland,” said a commentary on the official Xinjiang news Web site (www.tianshannet.com).
Civilization Campaing To Meet Olympics
All parts of XJ launch various civic morality activities, to meet Beijing Olympic Games with good moral quality and civilized society.
Governor denies use of lethal force in Lhasa riot, indignant over Dalai’s lies
Tibet’s governor has denied the use of lethal force in dealing with Friday’s violence in Lhasa and said that he is furiously “indignant” over the Dalai clique’s distortion of what had happened. He made the comments at a press conference here on Monday.“Throughout the process, [security forces] did not carry or use any destructive weapons, but tear gas and water cannons were employed,” Qiangba Puncog, chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Regional Government, said.EU ministers, Olympic committees oppose boycott of Beijing Olympics

Wanted list as China claims self-defence

What others say …

China shows its brutal side in Tibet

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.

China ups Tibet death toll,fears unrest may spread

KANGDING, China, March 22 (Reuters) – China said 19 people died in riots in the Tibetan capital last week and official media warned against the unrest spreading to the northwest region of Xinjiang, where Uighur Muslims bridle under Chinese control.
Eighteen were burnt or hacked to death in the Lhasa violence, Xinhua news agency said. It has repeatedly quoted officials as saying separatists backed by the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, engineered the protests.
But China’s handling of the unrest has been met by mounting international concern, overshadowing the run-up to the Beijing Olympic Games in August the host wants to a celebration of its arrival as a world power.

Bush Silent, but Others Speak Out on Tibet Crackdown

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.

Tibet crisis militarizes Nepal

Tibet crisis raises tensions over Taiwanese elections

Pro-Tibet march through capital

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.

They stopped outside China’s embassy to sing the Tibetan national anthem and chant slogans backing the Dalai Lama.

China to Canada: Butt out

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.

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25 Comments
  1. March 24, 2008 11:05 am

    Yes. No one, no government is perfect. Yes, China has its own history of atrocities. But we live in today’s world. We love peace, and we should work hard for peace. That’s precisely why we need to stop the violence in Lhasa. Read the Lhasa unrest documentary at http://TalkTibet.org (disclaimer: it’s from CCTV. So use your own judgement).

    Regarding Taiwan, this is what Ms. Rice said, “As we have stated in recent months, we think that Taiwan’s referendum to apply to the United Nations under the name Taiwan is a provocative policy,”

    People in Taiwan have overwhelmingly rejected the idea, and elected a new president by a landslide the day before yesterday.

    Ken Young, please help Tibet, China, and the world stop the violence, not to provoke it.

  2. Ken Young permalink
    March 24, 2008 1:40 am

    It’s time that we, members of free world, stand up to stop our politicians from being pressured by mongers constantly to trade Tibet & Taiwan for China’ market. To wit:

    *Peace-loving Tibetans want to keep their culture & life style, PRC sent in tanks & machine guns since 1959.

    *Taiwan [the only true DEMOCRACY in the entire Chinese history] wants to return to UN, Ms. Rice spoke out, on behave of PRC, to stop it.

    *Taiwan is not allowed to join WHO.

    *Often time Taiwan’s leaders are not allowed to step on US soil.

    In order to save more lives & have long lasting peace in the region, Washington needs to redefine that outdated ONE CHINA policy as follows:

    There is only One China on earth which consists of Tibet, Taiwan, Sinkiang, PRC[if not vanish as USSR did] & many other ethnic groups.

    Furthermore, PRC represents Chinese Communist Party only & does not represent the entire China. In other words, PRC is not equal to China & neither China equals to PRC.

    PRC has no right to interfere with other ethnic lives!

  3. March 23, 2008 6:00 pm

    Thank you Howling Winds, I visited your page. We share many similarities and common approaches. We cannot forget that we exist as the result of dreams, realized and broken. Sadly, the world’s current condition is a reflection of the broken ones.
    I will read your novel with great enthusiasm.

  4. March 23, 2008 5:45 pm

    BossKitty…. What an excellent statement! “All countries should own up to the dark sides of their histories if they really want to move forward.” So very true.

    And for us as individuals as well. When our present conditions rest upon the atrocities of the past we have responsibilities to mitigate the effects of our ancestors actions. We are beings that exist in the present, past and future. We are comprised of the past, and have power in our present actions to modify the results of past actions and create the future. In that way we have great responsibility and great power.

    That is what the novel, ‘Changing History’, is all about. A happenstance meeting of seven international travelers in the mountains of modern day Tibet taking shelter from a snowstorm with a traveling Buddhist monk and nun leads to the exploration of the problems of Tibet/China along with a hard look at the connections of past, present and future in the shaping of our human condition. http://www.Changing-History.com

  5. March 23, 2008 2:41 pm

    Howling Winds, Thank you for sharing your experience. Your first hand description of conditions helps balance the story. After researching more about what the Chinese Government is saying, I see “cherry picking” of historical events. Yes, Tibetans practiced slavery, as did most countries of the era. Tibet then moved into a feudal system for control of agriculture, again, most countries did the same. Buddhism has evolved into different factions, just like Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Yes, historically, all religions have experienced bloody infighting, some still do. China wants to remain secular, OK, that does not include suppression of religions or philosophies. China has its own history of atrocities under its emperors and current Communist regime but chooses to whitewash that. All countries should own up to the dark sides of their histories if they really want to move forward.
    I do agree that Tibet represents a cultural and territorial World Heritage Site. That should be an acceptable solution to current events, even help the Olympics. China chooses not to see the bigger picture or admit to being like everyone else, historically.

  6. March 23, 2008 1:45 pm

    During our first day in Lhasa, we were approached by Tibetan students in the Barkor marketplace who told us directly and without hesitation (with great risk to their well-being), about the crimes of the Chinese. Then when biking through the country over the next several weeks, we heard the same thing over and over. The people love the Dalai Lama and the Chinese have made it a crime to even own a picture of him.

    Prior to the Chinese invasion of Tibet 60 years ago, Tibet had a history of at least 1300 years of independence from China. In 821 China and Tibet ended almost 200 years of fighting with a treaty engraved on three stone pillars, one of which still stands in front of the Jokhang temple in Lhasa. Since the invasion, China has engaged in detention, torture and killing in an attempt to suppress the will and history of the Tibetans.

    Sitting on the roof of the world, for over 1000 years the Tibetans had studied Mind in their monasteries and came to an understanding of our place in the world that has (and perhaps) never will be surpassed. The Tibetan culture that brought about these studies and knowledge has been viewed by the Chinese as a direct opposition to the ideology of the Cultural Revolution.

    In these struggles of Tibetans seeking to live and worship freely in their country, China has a tremendous amount of power, prestige and natural resources at stake. Their goal is to destroy and assimilate Tibetans and Tibetan culture until it is merely a quaint artifact from the past. Perhaps the World can pressure China to allow Tibetan autonomy. We can all see that this will be a long and bloody struggle if it were to happen. There are many countries around the world that are involved in territorial disputes and pressuring a world giant like China to give up territory is a very hard prospect for most nations to pursue.

    Whenever you suppress people hard enough and they eventually speak out and address their anger toward those who represent the oppressors. Hence the anger of the Tibetans toward the Han Chinese who are occupying their country. The world needs to see the crimes of the Chinese, confront them and speak out for the Tibetans. If we do not the entire world will lose a great tradition of wisdom and knowledge.

    Tibet is the headwaters of most all the major rivers of Asia, which supplies water to 1/3 of the Earth’s population (1/2 of Asia). The Chinese are trying to completely destroy the Tibetan culture so that they have free access to the minerals and water resources of the country. This is clearly genocide. We are all World Citizens and our problems and their solutions are global. This is becoming increasing clear and I believe will be more so in the coming decades. Artificial national boundaries separate us and cause us to think in an ‘us against them’ mentality. We are all joined by our humanity, by our common needs and by the Water molecules that comprise our bodies. The care and protection of Water is a global issue that all humans (as well as all life on our planet) must face.

    Tibet should be declared a World Heritage Site; the Buddhist tradition should be allowed to flourish, the study of Mind encouraged and fostered, and the waters and resources protected for all humanity. We are all in this together. We all share WATER. And we are all humans and will live and die as a race. Throughout our history we have forever warred for territory, power and resources. Let’s create a new World Heritage Site on the roof of the world dedicated to all World Citizens! http://www.Changing-History.com

  7. March 22, 2008 7:30 pm

    Why don’t you watch this video from YouTube? “Peaceful demonstration” or riot, you decide.

    http://www.talkchina.org/forums/showthread.php?tid=5

  8. Bob permalink
    March 22, 2008 6:23 pm

    Talkchina.org, ok lets see for ourselves. The CCP should let in independent foreign journalists and let in the red cross. If violence is one sided then accurate reports will prove your assertions. Keeping the area closed only makes it look like CCP authorities are hiding something.

  9. March 22, 2008 5:47 pm

    Bob, it’s not a peaceful protest. Per eye witness, it’s a calculated targeted violence against ethnic groups of Han Chinese and Muslim Hui minority in Lhasa. And it’s not even done by the majority of Tibetan people over there. It’s from a small group of people who want to sabotage the Olympics and split the country. I’m an American, and I’m happy to see that China IS gradually becoming free and democratic.

  10. Bob permalink
    March 22, 2008 5:34 pm

    Steven you raise some good points. No country is all bad or all good. I don’t believe the Dalai Lama is seeking independence and certainly don’t believe he is behind violence in Tibet. The problem is the CCP can’t stand even peaceful protests and all this rioting just reminds us of the repression of freedom in China and Tibet. The west knows that China will never let Tibet be independent but we hope to see the repression and autocratic rule end. As the Chinese are fond of saying seek harmony. Lets see some harmony without the point of a bayonet.

  11. Steven permalink
    March 22, 2008 4:33 pm

    What you guys discussed here includes the following issues: (1) Is current Chinese goverment democratic? (2) Who should be condemed in the Tibetan riot? (3) Should the other countries help Dalai to seek independence of Tibet?

    These issues are different.

    For (1), my opinion is that the current chinese goverment is not as democratic as the chinese people desired. For(3), you have to know some history about chinese history, or at least, you should ask some common tibeten people. For the history, do you know how does the tiberen spiritual leader position ‘Dalai’ come from? The spiritual leader position ‘Dalai’ was first introduced in the Qing Dynasty, when the first Dalai was generated by the tibet monks and offitially appoint by the Qing Dynasty. The Qing Dynasty collided in 1912. The next government is the Republic of China, which is now in Taiwan only. The current Dalai is the 14th and was offitially apointed by the Republic of China.

    Why does Dalai want independence now? Why did not previous Dalai want independence? Dalai was both the political and spiritiual leader of Tibet since the Qing Dynasty. After the People’s Repulbic of China inherited the sovereign of Tibet from the Republic of China in the 1950s, the government freed the slaves in Tibet, which violated the interests of Dalai, who is the respresentive of salve owners. That’s why Dalai is actively seeking independence now, although he is now saying that he only want “more freedom on religion and culture” ranther than independence.

    About (2), is riot in a non-democratic country good? Are those rioters in a non-democratic country heros? We witnessed paris used lots of polices to deal with the riot last year, and everybody (including I) said that’s necessary. But when a riot happens in a non-democratic country, when some innocent people are killed by rioters in a non-democratic country, what has the medium said? We cannot say whatever a non-democratic country does is wrong just because it is not democratic. WE have to keep the 3 issues above seperate.

  12. jimmy permalink
    March 22, 2008 4:20 pm

    When talking about tibet, please don’t blame chinese or even china, the true murder is Chinese Communist Party (CCP). CCP != China.

  13. Bob permalink
    March 22, 2008 3:22 pm

    Talkchina.org you wouldn’t know the truth if it bit you on the behind. You are a slave to a corrupt Communist system that steals villagers land and rewards party hacks. I must admit that the propaganda has become more sophisticated since the days of calling us “running dogs”. Nancy Pelosi doesn’t need to be brainwashed on your version of history. Since I am from a free and open country I will say that I do not like seeing the Han Chinese killed in riots either. Americans are fans of the Chinese just not fans of the Central committee and your corrupt Communist system. China will become free and democratic you can’t stop it.

  14. Bob permalink
    March 22, 2008 3:09 pm

    Hey Anonymous how about these videos showing Chinese soldiers shooting Tibetan pilgrims?

  15. Bob permalink
    March 22, 2008 3:01 pm

    Jeffrey on the one hand you say the US condemnation is deserved but on the other hand you say it is an internal affair? Internal affair is PRC propaganda speak. You crack me up saying Bush needs to be careful. Bush is a F*****idiot and can’t be accused of being careful. America is still a free country and I can criticize my President but no one in the PRC can criticize Hu Jintao, Win Jiabao or the central committee without getting free room and board in the pokey or worse. What oppression in the USA? Jeffrey you are sounding more and more like a PRC shill. We have a black Senator running for president. Does a Tibetan have a chance to be president in China?
    As to using less Chinese products America is a strong country we can make our own products plus India is perfectly willing to fill any Chinese vacuum and probably with better quality.
    You are allowed to post on this public board please point me to a free forum in China—oh thats right there are none.

  16. Anonymous permalink
    March 22, 2008 2:51 pm

    you may want to watch this about tibet.

  17. Anonymous permalink
    March 22, 2008 2:48 pm

    now almost all the news agencies are claiming that many monks are killed but they don’t have the proof because their reporters are not there. but those news angencies forgot one thing: everybody has cameras and internet access.

  18. Anonymous permalink
    March 22, 2008 2:44 pm

    in any country those rioters shall be arrested, or killed on the spot. can’t understand why some people are still condemning the reaction of chinese government.

    also note that the riot happened just a few days before taiwan election. Dalai is to incite the killing so that the pro-indepedent candidate in taiwan could win. unfortunately only the monks there are killing innocent civilians.

  19. March 22, 2008 2:37 pm

    Before we condemn China, we have to get the truth and ask ourselves. Why did somebody start the unrest right before the Olympics? Who’s behind the riot? Should we allow a small number of slave owners go back to the slavery system? Let’s get the truth first.

    The truth is that most Tibetans don’t want to go back to the old slavery system. This is a coordinated effort both inside and outside Tibet to distort the fact, and sabotage the Olympics.
    Unfortunately some of our media also followed those people without investigating, and getting the fact and truth first.

    Should people like Nancy Pelosi get some Chinese history education before open their mouths?

    James Miles, of The Economist, witnessed what happened in Lhasa around March 18. He said “What I saw was calculated targeted violence against an ethnic group, or I should say two ethnic groups, primarily ethnic Han Chinese living in Lhasa, but also members of the Muslim Hui minority in Lhasa.” See http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/03/20/tibet.miles.interview/

  20. March 22, 2008 2:29 pm

    Before we condemn China, we have to get the truth and ask ourselves. Why did somebody start the unrest right before the Olympics? Who’s behind the riot? Should we allow a small number of slave owners go back to the slavery system? Let’s get the truth first.

    The truth is that most Tibetans don’t want to go back to the old slavery system. This is a coordinated effort both inside and outside Tibet to distort the fact, and sabotage the Olympics.
    Unfortunately some of our media also followed those people without investigating, and getting the fact and truth first.

    Should people like Nancy Pelosi get some Chinese history education before open their mouths?

  21. Jeffrey permalink
    March 22, 2008 2:17 pm

    Bob, China and the rest of the world would like to see us get out of Iraq and stop our involvement in the mass killing, but what good has their condemnations done?

    The PRC does not operate like the US. Bad press? I don’t think it would cause them to blink an eye. They will do as they see fit. There will be life after the olympics & a boycott and/or serious condemnation from the US would only make future relations worse, and the US has already been placed in a bad position worldwide by the Bush administration.

    And a boycott of Chinese products? Are you serious? What would that do to a US economy that is so dependent on Chinese merchandise? Are you ready to pay substantially more for things as we go through a recession? China has more to say about what we do than we do about them.

    The US can address China’s oppression after it addresses it’s own repression both at home and abroad.

  22. Jeffrey permalink
    March 22, 2008 1:45 pm

    How exactly does Bush, McCain, the US, Great Britain, etc. condemn China and/or call for a boycott regarding actions in Tibet (in what is essentially an internal problem) while the US is an invading, occupying force in Iraq?

    China has recently been cultivating ties with the world while the Bush administration continues to alienate everyone. The hypocrisy of a US condemnation (even though deserved)is absurd. If people are willing to boycott the Beijing olympics, why not boycott competition with US athletes?

    A boycott would accomplish nothing more than further damaging relations with China and the rest of the world. China will deal with this situation as they choose, regardless of popular opinion. A boycott would only lead to retaliatory boycotts down the road.

    Bush needs to be very careful, as sometimes events like this can cause very serious repercussions.

  23. Bob permalink
    March 22, 2008 1:28 pm

    Sceptic you don’t get it. The west doesn’t expect China to give up Tibet, but would like China to stop jailing, beating and killing innocence people in Tibet. Next we would like to see the repressive PRC regime stop jailing, beating and killing dissenters in all of China. The only thing these hard core central committee party hacks understand is bad press. The other thing they understand is revenue. If we don’t buy Chinese goods or don’t attend the Olympics they lose revenue. China will always act in her self-interest the challenge is to make her understand that repression of her people is not in her best interest.

  24. Sceptic permalink
    March 22, 2008 12:54 pm

    The world has more than just the Tibetan issues, and China has a veto power in the United Nation. Time to have a reality check. Anyone thinks China will give up Tibet for the Olympics is an idiot. It’s like giving up your kids so you can throw a party. It’s not going to happen. If the world does boycott China in the Olympics, you can expect no cooperation from China on the North Korean issue, no cooperation from China on the Iranian issue, and no cooperation from China, period.

    So, how much do you love Tibet? Do you love it enough to send 10% of your income from now on? Not bloody likely.

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