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China War On Muslims Ignored By World

The Muslim world has reacted with silence over the continued persecution of Muslims in the western Xinjiang region where the government has cracked down on any attempt to further goals of Muslims for equality. The vast desert area bordering on central Asia contains more than eight million Muslim members of the ethnic Ughur population. According to the Procuratorial Daily, the Chinese government initially cracked down with severity in months leading up to last summer’s Olympic Games in order to avoid any evidence of dissident behavior in the nation. The paper estimates 1,296 people were arrested on suspicion of endangering state security during the first 11 months of 2008, and over one thousand have been placed on trial. Chinese authorities are trying to strike hard at the three forces of terrorism, separatism, and religious extremism.

The plight of Muslims living in western areas of China has gone relatively unnoticed on the part of the world Muslim press. Perhaps, it is too far away or it could be lack of knowledge which impairs tough minded investigation of Chinese policies toward minorities. Unlike the Tibetans, the Ughurs are not popular with the world press.

China Proposes Improving Relations With Taiwan

At a time when bombings rock the Middle East, the government of China has moved to utilize peaceful strategies of dealing with its 60 year conflict with Taiwan. Chinese President Hu Jintao proposed that mainland China and Taiwan “engage in contacts and exchanges on military issues” in order to establish a system of mutual military trust. He believes such interaction will stabilize the situation and prevent the outbreak of any violence. He also proposed the two entities could sign a treaty of peace. In a sharp break with prior rhetoric, President Hu said: “people on both sides of the Straits share the responsibility of ending the history of confrontation.”

The President of China said his nation was prepared to work with Taiwan to ensure it could once again become a member of international organizations. He basically made clear if Taiwan accept the concept of “one China.” He is willing to conclude economic agreements and work to further cultural exchanges.

Perhaps, the offer of President Hu is a model that Israel and Palestinians authorities might emulate. It begins with establishing military trust and from that point, genuine peace can arrive.

China Faces Employment Crisis

The economic crisis continues to spread throughout the world with nations encountering serious issues of being able to offer work to its workers and students. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, promised the government would do something to assist college graduates who face a terrible job situation that most probably will get worse before it gets better. “your difficulties are my difficulties,” he told students at Beijing University. He admitted the nation faced severe economic issues, but a priority was developing programs that would meet student needs. However, he also noted there were other issues to be resolved. “But, currently we are most concerned about two issues, migrant workers returning home and employment for graduates.”

Most probably, the issue of migrant workers may be the returning to farms and villages. This group could become a force that would threaten established law and order since they have lived the good life of being in a city and now must return to the misery of rural life in China.

China Still On Talk With Dalai Lama Is Provocative

The Chinese Communist government view of the world is that any nation which speaks to the Dalai Lama is, by definition, interfering in the internal affairs of the Chinese republic. President Sarkozy met with the Dalai Lama over the weekend, and, most probably, urged him to work for peace with the Chinese government. But, the mere fact, Sarkozy dared to speak with someone classified by the Chinese as an “unspeakable one” means France is on the road to destroying its relations with China. “The Chinese government firmly opposes and strongly protests to the action.” Of course, the “action,” consisted of speaking with someone. According to the Chinese version of events, they had good relations with France until Sarkozy began his hostile actions by having a speaking engagement with the Dalai Lama.

The Chinese government still does not grasp that in the modern world, no nation can tell other nations who they can speak with and who they can not speak with. One doubts if China will give President Sarkozy a veto on which nations China is allowed to trade with or receive delegations from to its country. The Dalai Lama wants peace with China, he accepts the concept China will govern his land, but only asked for extended local autonomy.

Tibetans Struggle To Discover Middle Road To Peace

The people of Tibet have lost control over their destiny as a people due to the Chinese invasion of their land about fifty years ago. Prior to the Chinese arrival, Tibet was ruled by a small clique of religious leaders, who had good intentions, but nevertheless were not advocates of democracy. Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has called together about 500 leaders of the exiled Tibetan community to discuss which road should be pursued in the future. The Dalai Lama has tried to achieve an agreement with the Chinese government which retains Tibet as part of China, but allows for local autonomy, a stance that is not necessarily supported by many young Tibetan exiles.

There is some sentiment among younger Tibetans to end the “middle way” approach of the Dalai Lama and fight for an independent Tibet. This is a noble goal, but virtually impossible to achieve. In reality, the only road is some variation of the “middle way.”

India Policy Toward Myanmar Focuses On China

India is a democratic nation but it supports the brutal dictatorial regime of Myanmar more out of fear and selfish economic reasons than concern for upholding the principles of democracy. During the 1990s, as China began making economic inroads into Myanmar, the government of India reached out to assume a role in developing the rich resources of their neighbor to the east. A combination of fear China would become dominant on its border, a desire to tap the resources of Myanamar and concern for insurgent groups in its own northeast regions who had links to Burmese rebels led India to give whole hearted support to an oppressive regime.

However, despite this abysmal record of supporting a dictatorship, India has afforded refuge to over 50,000 Burmese refugees who fled to avoid oppression at the hands of Myanmar’s rulers. There are some reports, India quietly supports democratic opposition groups in hope one day they can gain power. The people of Burma suffer because India and China engage in power games to assert control in their land. Such is the manner in which powerful nations gain wealth.

Really Sing In China–Or Else!

During the recent Olympic Games the world smiled at Chinese antics when nine year-old Lin Mioke was praised for her singing performance but it later emerged she was merely miming to a recording made by Yang Pelyi, aged seven, who was yanked because officials believed she did not look attractive enough to be allowed to sing. It appears miming is very common in
China and it has reached the point where it is difficult to determine who actually is playing a musical instrument or singing. A new directive issued by the Chinese government bans miming at an actual performance in order to ensure those who paid an admission price get what they paid for.

Zheng Jun, a singer who is rather famous, told the Shanghai based newspaper, Noon News, that less than 20% of Chinese stars really sang at their own concerts. “I once met a well-known singer” he said,”who didn’t even recognize his song as it was playing because it had been so long since he’d truly performed it.”

Now, how about the Chinese government banning bloggers from having to tell what the government wants told and be allowed to tell what they want to say?

China Rejects Dalai Lama’s Proposals!

Surprise, surprise, the Chinese government has flatly rejected proposals from the Dalai Lama aimed at resolving problems between the people of Tibet and Chinese leaders. In a statement issued on Monday, the government said, “the unification of the motherland, territorial integrity and the national dignity are the greatest interests of the Chinese people.” It made clear no concessions will ever be offered to Tibetan leaders. Chinese officials said there had been no progress with Tibetan representatives because “the Dalai Lama said on many occasions that when the People’s Liberation Army entered Tibet, Tibet was an independent country and that now Tibet is still an independent country which was illegally occupied.” It insists the Dalai Lama is defying China by refusing to accept that Tibet was never an independent nation and that Communist troops never invaded Tibet because that entity was always part of China.

The Dalai Lama has repeatedly indicated he has NO desire to fight for an independent Tibetan nation. He has repeatedly stated his willingness to have Tibet remain part of China but seeks greater local autonomy and respect for the traditions and values of the people of Tibet. One can argue endlessly if Tibet in the past was independent, but Tibetans are willing to accept the current status quo.

China Urges Obama To Veto Arms Sales To Taiwan

The Chinese government has increasingly grown wary of President Bush’s attitude toward Taiwan and is very concerned over a recent American decision to sell that country $6.5 billion of arms. A spokesperson for Foreign Minister Qin Gang, said: “We hope that the US side will abide by its promise to respect the ‘one-China’ policy and oppose Taiwan independence.” Chinese officials are reaching out to newly elected Barack Obama and urging him to void the arms sales after he becomes president and engage with China in discussing the future of Taiwan. “The Chinese government holds a positive and open attitude toward contacts with Obama and his team, since it is conducive to a stable transition and he healthy and stable development of Sino-US relations.”

It becomes clear with each passing day how world leaders are disgusted with George Bush and seek to work with a new leader who is interested in solving, not creating problems. China wants peace, not hostility with the United States and hopefully, Barack Obama can help create such a partnership.

Dalai Lama Plans Tibet Peace Strategy

The Dalai Lama insists the people of Tibet should be involved in deciding strategies to be used with the Chinese government in order to reach some form of accord that enables Tibetans to enjoy democracy. He said envoys from Tibetan communities would meet in India during the week of November 17 and would be joined in the discussions by representatives from other world groups which support the idea of democracy in Tibet. The Dalai Lama told the Japan Times that his representatives are currently in Beijing engaged in discussions with the Chinese government. He has decided to cease being the lone voice in any discussions with China due to the hostility felt by Chinese officials and will rely upon a group process to further negotiations.

The Dalai Lama once again made clear his goal is not to seek independence for Tibet, but to work with Chinese officials in order to establish the basis for democracy within the region. Preserving Tibetan Buddhism and its ideology are important goals and he does not see attaining such ends threatens China in any manner. He wants the Chinese government to understand Tibetan grievances and work with its leaders to peacefully resolve issues.