Risky Geopolitical Game: Washington Plays ‘Tibet Roulette’ with China

April 15, 2008

Here is a cartoon drawn by Chinese netizen in China’s most popular online forum http://www.tianya.cn

It conveys a clear message: Dalai is a clown performing on the stage, while it is US govt and CIA that is manipulating him on the backstage

Dalai is a clown

Here is a well-written article from Global Search


Risky Geopolitical Game: Washington Plays ‘Tibet Roulette’ with China

Dalai Lama urges France to free Corsica

April 14, 2008

Dalai urges to free Corsica of France

If French govt urges China to free Tibet then why Chinese cannot urge France to free Corsica?

In this cartoon drawn by Chinese netizen from China’s most popular online forum (www.tianya.cn) Dalai Lama holds a French national flag with naked photo of French first lady and a slogan which reads “Free Corsica”

The original cartoon is found here


Tibet and Olympic Games

April 12, 2008


Friday, March 21, 2008
Tibet and Olympic Games

Events in Tibet have turned ugly. Once again we see the harm caused by Beijing’s heavy-handed bureaucracy, and its panicky, untrained soldiers used for crowd control. But even when combined with all of Beijing’s other alleged sins — Darfur, pollution, human rights and other issues — does Tibet justify the calls for a boycott of Beijing’s planned Olympic Games later this year?

Olympic boycotts are a clumsy and biased weapon. Moscow had its 1980 Olympics boycotted because of its intervention in Afghanistan. But the Western, including British, intervention today in Afghanistan, while weaker in its ferocity, is almost identical in its motives — support for an unstable government with idealistic goals but unable to cope with domestic insurgents. Would anyone use that to boycott the planned London Olympics? Hardly.

Hypocrisy taints most of the other accusations against Beijing. Take Darfur, for example. Beijing is criticized for weapons sales to a Sudanese government guilty of assisting attacks on defenseless villagers, and refusing to intervene politically to help prevent those attacks. Yet nonintervention in the affairs of other nations was once a proudly proclaimed Western principle, aimed to end all wars in the 20th century. Now China is criticized for obeying that principle.

As for selling weapons to governments behaving atrociously against their own peoples, that has long been standard Western behavior. During the East Timor, Papua and Aceh atrocities in Indonesia, Britain was busily selling Jakarta the military aircraft it wanted. The handful of brave British women who tried physically to prevent those sales were jailed. Few complained.

Western armies are also known to attack defenseless villagers at times, as in Indochina before, and now in Iraq and Afghanistan. True, those armies can claim they only attack people supporting the civil-war enemy, but the Sudan government can say exactly the same over Darfur. The cruelties of its attacks there have yet to match the defoliation and free-fire zone tactics of the United States in Indochina. Of all the Western nations, only the Scandinavians at the time had the moral courage to halt arms sales to the U.S. in protest.

China is criticized as the great global polluter and user of scarce resources. But in one almost completely overlooked respect it has done far more than any of the rest of us to overcome both problems. This is its one-child policy. If not for that policy, China today would have to feed, clothe and accommodate an estimated extra 300 million to 400 million people — more than the entire population of Western Europe. The strain on world resource supplies and the environment would have been unbearable.

But to do this Beijing has had to court severe unpopularity at home. And it now has to live with two unfortunate results — a serious male-female population imbalance and rapid aging of the population. No one thanks Beijing for making these sacrifices. On the contrary. Some Western conservatives see the one-child policy as yet another Beijing evil.

Meanwhile, Beijing’s impressive efforts to increase nuclear and hydro-power and so reduce dependence on polluting coal are criticized by our Western antinuclear, antidam progressives. China, it seems, just can’t win, no matter what it does. It is the six-ton elephant that everyone likes to bash.

Similarly with many other criticisms. Beijing should admit that policy mistakes were made in Tibet in the 1960s, and that the Han Chinese immigration there since has caused frictions. For cultural reasons Chinese do not blend easily with other peoples. Resentments flare up easily, as we saw before in the anti-Chinese riots of Malaysia and Indonesia.

But Beijing can also point out that some of its early troubles could have been avoided if the CIA and New Delhi hawks had not set out to instigate the original 1959 Tibetan rebellion. As for Tibetan independence, people forget that the strongest opponent was the Western-backed Nationalist Chinese government that ended up in Taiwan. Beijing simply inherited that Western-approved situation.

Hypocrisy dogs the criticisms of China over democracy and human rights also. China at least goes through the motions of providing trials and prison sentences for the occasional activist dissident it sees as dangerous. Nonactivists are largely ignored.

What were the U.S. and some of its friends doing when Latin American governments of the 1970s were arbitrarily arresting and torturing dissidents in the tens of thousands and throwing their broken bodies into the ocean or unmarked graves? Almost nothing. Their agents were busy providing lists of more dissidents to be tracked down.

The U.S. has an impressive track record of supporting dictatorships that it sees as friendly even if they suppress human rights, and working to overthrow democratically elected governments if it sees them as unfriendly.

Beijing has already moved to introduce democracy at the grassroots level. It plans to go further up, but there are limits. Does anyone imagine, for example, that its unpopular one-child policy would survive if China had free national elections?

Singapore is another Sinitic culture society that believes in a strong semi-autocratic government able to impose unpopular but needed policies as preferable to the Western free democratic model. Few see Singapore as the epitome of all undemocratic evil.

I do not want to whitewash all that Beijing does. During the Cultural Revolution and “ping-pong diplomacy” periods of the early ’70s, I saw at close quarters how unpleasant and unreasonable its officials can be. But you judge a nation by the direction in which it is traveling, not by the road bumps. And China is clearly moving in a direction of very considerable promise to us all. The Olympics, like ping-pong diplomacy, will push China further in that direction.

Gregory Clark was formerly China desk officer in the Australian Department of External Affairs, and is now vice president of Akita International University. A Japanese translation of this article will appear on: http://www.gregoryclark.net.

Tibet: The Truth (oppression, monks, nuns… you’re wrong)

April 12, 2008

A popular video from Chris D. Nebe, who is a German director, CEO of Monarex Hollywood

video titled “Tibet: The Truth (oppression, monks, nuns… you’re wrong)”

“study history, not the media. the truth is not to be found in the television broadcast.

— says Chris D. Nebe,

Riot in Tibet: True face of western media

April 10, 2008

A huge popular video in youtbue

titled as

“Riot in Tibet: True face of western media”

Chinese urged to boycott French goods

April 10, 2008

Chinese urged to boycott French goods

By Geoff Dyer in Shanghai and David Pilling in Narita

Published: April 10 2008 22:13 | Last updated: April 10 2008 22:13

Chinese consumers have been urged to boycott French goods in response to the raucous protests that accompanied the Olympic torch through Paris.

The appeal, circulated on internet chatrooms and bulletin boards, indicates the protests earlier this week have not only embarrassed the Beijing government, but also ignited a strong nationalist reaction among sections of the Chinese public.

Signs of fresh disagreement emerged on Thursday between the government and the International Olympic Committee over the human rights situation in China.

Jacques Rogge, IOC president, said that when China was awarded the 2008 games government officials promised it would “advance the social agenda of China, including human rights”.

He said: “We definitely ask China to respect this moral engagement.”

The protests that have accompanied the torch relay presented a “crisis” for the Olympic movement, said Mr Rogge, who has gone out of his way not to antagonise the host nation.

The Chinese government said the IOC should defend the commitment in the Olympics charter to avoid politics and “bringing in any irrelevant political factors”.

Beijing also said on Thursday it had arrested 45 “terrorist” suspects who had been planning suicide bomb attacks and the kidnapping of athletes. The suspects all come from the heavily Muslim province of Xinjiang on the north-western border.

During a visit to Japan, the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, struck a conciliatory note. He said the Chinese people deserved the Olympics “despite unfortunate events in Tibet”.

But he welcomed support for the Tibetan cause seen in this week’s protests. “It is their right to criticise. I have no right to say ‘Shut up’,” he said. He supported only non-violent protests, however.

The appeal to boycott French goods appeared on the internet on Wednesday and has spread widely among young Chinese. A web page bearing a petition appeared to have been blocked on Thursday afternoon.

Companies named in the campaign include luxury brands owned by LVMH, such as Louis Vuitton and Givenchy, and the cosmetics group L’Oréal, which has a large business in China.

The torch relay in London was badly disrupted and the route of the San Francisco leg was changed at the last minute to avoid protests, but it is the events in Paris that appear to have angered Chinese most.

Internet postings complained about the banner in support of human rights draped outside Paris city hall. A photograph of a man trying to grab the torch from a Chinese girl in a wheelchair drew many responses. The man wore a hat in the colours of the Tibetan flag.

Several foreign brands in China have suffered damaging firestorms of internet criticism in recent years. A campaign against Japanese companies three years ago had little lasting impact.

Indonesian officials said on Thursday they had cancelled an April 22 Olympic torch relay around Jakarta. After receiving a request from Beijing, they have changed the route to confine the torch to the vicinity of the main sports stadium.
Additional reporting by John Aglionby in Jakarta

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