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Chinese Government Agrees To Discuss Tibet Issues

High level Chinese officials indicated a new willingness to discuss the situation in Tibet with representatives from the Dalai Lama. “In view of the requests recently made by the Dalai side to resume talks, the relevant officials of the central government will have consultation with Dalai’s private representative.” The Chinese officials stress any discussion will have to deal with ending any protests about the upcoming Olympic games.

The decision to talk with Dalai Lama epresentatives will not result in clearing up all points of dispute, but it certainly opens the door to pursue a path to peace and end current violence.

China Claims Tibetan Youth Threaten Peace!

The Chinese government continues its inept approach to confronting real issues in Tibet by attempting to create a smoke screen to cover up what must be done in that part of the world. The Dalai Lama and the vast majority of Tibetans want some form of local autonomy that would respect their culture and allow people a voice in determining their destiny as members of a shared culture. Instead of engaging in honest dscussion, the latest manifestation of silliness is attempting to sell the world the notion the Tibetan Youth Congress(TYC) is something analogous to al-Qaeda. Shucks, TV coverage even uncovered one of their most heinous crimes, someone cut off the ear of a local businessman!

There were no suicide attacks during the outbreak of violence in Lhasa. Most of the shooting was done by Chinese troops. There is no evidence of blowing up buildings or police stations despite claims of the Chinese government the TYC had explosives. Yes, businesses were burned, people assaulted, and there were demonstrations, but that is a long way from an attempt to overthrow the Chinese government.

China is run by a group of men who have been living within an authoritarian mentality for half a century. They are intellectually and emotionally incapable of engaging in honest discussion with those who disagree with their views. It is time for the Chinese govenment to invite the Dalai Lama to Beijing and initiate discussions which will result in more extensive local autonomy for the people of Tibet.

China Claims Dalai Lama Is Defender Of Serfdom

Jiang Yu, a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, denounced the Dalai Lama as one who represents the old feudal serf system of Tibet’s past and is only interested in returning to power so he can once again enjoy the benefits of oppressing the people of Tibet. His only goal, according to Yu, is restoring his “paradise in the past.” She accused the Dalai Lama of formenting recent riots in Tibet as part of his campaign to discredit the people of China who seek to help Tibetans by improving their lives. However, Ms. Yu said her government was more than willing to talk with the Dalai Lama. “Our door to conduct dialogue with the Dalai Lamas was open in the past and is still open.”

If the door is open, then both sides should walk through it and initiate the long overdue dialogue. That is, if the door is really open.

China Claims Tibetans Plan Suicide Attacks

Chinese officials claimed Dalai Lama supporters were planning to launch more attacks upon the innocent forces of China who have come to Tibet to mprove the lives of its people. “To ur knowledge, the nexdt plan of the Tibetan independence forces is to organize suicide squads to launch violent attacks,” said Wu Heping speaking for the Public Security Bureau.Wu insisted Tibetn terrorists “fear neither bloodshed nor sacrifice.” Beijing accuses the Dalai Lama of beng behind these potential acts of violence. Of course, the Dalai Lama has repeatedly urged his followers to pursue the path of peace and non-violence, but Chinese leaders prefer to demonize him as a force of evil.

Samdhong Rinpoche, speaking for the Tibetan government in exile responded to these silly charges by noting: “Tibetan exiles are 100 percent committed to nonviolence. There is no question of suicide attacks. But, we fear that Chinese might masquerade as Tibetans and plan such attacks to give bad publicity to Tibetans. There is absolutely no doubt in our mind that we want to follow the nonviolent path.”

Wu offered no details of how his government had learned of the existance of supposed suicide forces other than using the Chinese expression “gan su dui” which means, “dare-to-die corps.” He also claimed Chinese forces had turned up at least 176 guns, 356 knives, two actual hand grenades and some dynamite that Tibetans had in their possession.

Hopefully, if there is such a thing as the “dare-to-die corps” it will come prepared with more than two grenades and a few knives. Of course, no such group exists.

Peace Not Violence In Tibet Urges Chinese Dissident

Wang Lixiong, who has fought for Tibet rights over the years urged his government to recognize their policies to demonize the Dalai Lama and impose Chinese culture on Tibet have failed. Wang, and a group of writers, scholars, artists and lawyers, signed a petition calling on the Chinese government to tone down the rhetoric of anger against Tibet rebels and deal directly with Tibetan leaders in a peaceful manner. He fears “too many people are being inspired by propaganda now to hate the Tibertan people.” Wang Lixiong may be among the few Chinese dissidents who actually have met and talked with the Dalai Lama. He points out that Tibetan leaders are seeking local autonomy, not independence.

China is no longer a weak nation, it stands astride the world as a powerful force in modern times. Perhaps, the present generation of leaders are unable to escape the anger, fear, and uncertainty of life when China struggled in poverty to gain respect. Chinese leaders would become powerful figures to emulate if they entered into peaceful dialogue with Tibetans and created a new model of autonomy for ethnic groups within their nation.

China Blankets Tibet With Troops

Large numbers of Chinese troops have been sent to Tibet as its government, in essence, acknowledges the existence of widespread opposition on the part of people in Tibet to the continued presence of Chinese in their nation. Tourists and journalists are not being allowed into most areas of Tibet. Thousands of paramilitary troops abord at least 80 trucks were seen traveling along the main road winding through the mountains into southeastern Tibet. Others set up camps and patrolled streets in riot gear helmets and rifles in the town of Tiger Leaping Gorge. Further north, the town of Zhongdian was being guarded by soldiers who were prepared to use tear gas on any protest group.

The last remaining foreign journalists in Lhasa, Georg Lume of Germany and Kristin Kupfer of Austria were forced to leave in order to impose a blackout on news to the outside world. An offical with the exiled Tibetan government estimates at least 99 are dead and hundreds wounded. The Dalai Lama has publicly offered to meet with Chinese officials in order to work out a peaceful resolution of the situation.

Chinese televison is showing scenes of wild protests and burning on the part of Tibetans but there are no video clips about actions of Chinese troops to quell the riots.

China Admits Protests Spread To Provinces

The Chinese govenment has admitted that anti-government riots have spread to other provinces in Tibet. Armed police and troops poured into far-flung towands and villages in Tibetan areas to reassert control as sporadic demonsrations continued to flare. Foreigners were barred from traveling to many areas of Tibet and tour groups were cancelled. China insists the protests, which began with peaceful marches and escalated into more violent displays at anger toward China’s occupation of Tibet, were planned and directed from outside sources and placed the Dalai Lama as the main source of instigating the violence.

Foreign Ministy spokesperson, Qin Gang, said the government was suggesting foreign tourists stay out of Gansu and Sichuan provinces. “But, I shall assure you that our government is fully capable of maintaining social stability and ensuring the security of tourists.” According to the Bangkok Post, a telephone communication from a woman in Sichuan’s Aba county said “There are many, many troops outside. I’m afraid to leave the house” and she could hear soldiers shouting at protestors. The official Xinhua News Agency claimed protestors attacked “shops and government offices” in Aba but made no mention of any firing on the part of troops.

The comments by Chinese officials indicate protests have spread to many areas in Tibet. An Assoicated Press photographer was forbidden to get on a flight to Yunnan province and armed guards were stationed at check-in counters. The Chinese government continues insisting the Dalai Lama is a separatist leader. However, he has indicated a willingness to meet with Chinese officials in order to find a way to calm the situation in Tibet.

Hu Jintao Talks-Bush Listens

Accoding to the China Daily, President Hu Jintao, has a long telephone conversation with President Bush in which the Chinese leader explained to the American what really is going on in the world. Hu made certain Bush understod the protestors in Tibet were like those wild violent hippy protestors against the Vietnam War figuring George would shake his head in agreement. Hu made clear his government has tried desperately to maintain friendly relations with the separatist, violent Dalai Lama but he refuses to cooperate. He said China was willing to discuss the situation with the Dalai Lama if he would only cease urging an independent nation. Hu expressed appreciation for Bush’s support of China in opposing Taiwan declaring its independence. Bush made clear he would be at the Olympics and he would oppose any effort to have the games cancelled. After all, he has free tickets and they are in a good location so why blow the freebie.

Please let me make clear, the above is NOT FACTUAL but is manufactured by my brain since the China Daily never told its readers exactly what were the responses of George Bush.

China Protests Dalai Lama Medal Award

China’s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi summoned US Ambassador Clark Randt to make an official protest against the awarding of the Congressional Gold Medal to the Dalai Lama. Geoge Bush is the first sitting president to meet the exiled Tibetan leader. Jiechi argued talking with or giving awards to the Dalai Lama is interference in the internal affairs of China. He regards the Dalai Lama as a “secessionist” who uses religion to mask his political goals.

The Dalai Lama is more than a Tibetan because his exile has made him an international figure who has become involved in dealing with human rights issues throughout the world. Most probably, he will never return to his beloved Tibet and neither will the people of that country soon gain their independence. For many people, the caring and love and lack of anger so characteristic of the Dalai Lama is an inspiration.

I am somewhat confused about the Bush visit even though I think it was a wonderful gesture. President Bush has been complaining for weeks about the Democratic Party insulting our dear ally and friend, Turkey, by passing the Armenian genocide resolution, but he believes it is OK to insult China. Is the president once again demonstrating the incoherence of his foreign policy?

No Dalai Lama, China Warns Bush

China’s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi strongly denounced the Bush meeting with exiled Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama. He claimed the meeting will be a gross violation of the norms of international relations and could have “an extremely serious impact on relations.” A White House spokesperson, Dana Perino rsponded: “We in no way want to stir the pot and make China feel that we are poking a stick in their eye. We understand the Chinese have strong feelings about this.” Bush and Congress will award the Dalai Lama the Congressional Medal of Honor for his gallant fight for peace and the rights of Tibet. The Chinese government describes the Dalai Lama as a “separatist” because he wants an independent Tibet while China claims that area is part of the Chinese nation.

First, Turkey tells the American government which resolutions it can pass, and now China is telling our government who is allowed to visit the White House. I doubt very much if Turkey would allow America to determine what is said in their parliament anymore than China will allow the United States to decide who visits or does not visit government officials. China has relations with Iran despite the American government’s hostility toward that nation. Would China accept an American demand to cease relations with Iran and not allow any Chinese official to visit that nation? Obviously, they would correctly reject such a demand as interference in the internal affairs of China.