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State Department Warns Loose Lips Can Hurt In China

The Unied States State Department has warned Americans traveling to China for the upcoming Olympic Games they may discover while in the supposed privacy of a hotel room, people are listening into their conversations. The State Department warning suggests tourists can be under surveillance even when resting in a hotel bed. The State Department comment drew angry responses from the Chinese government. Foreign Minister spokesperson, Qin Gang, said: “There is no special arrangement which is beyond the security measures widely employed in accordance with international rules at public locations, hotels, and offices in China.” However, the State Department insists there is rmote technical monitoring of hotel rooms which might be directed at specific people.

Qin insists “the warning by the US bureau is irresponsible.” On the other hand, it might pay to whisper or keep the water running when engaged in a conversation about anything political in China. I wonder if public toilets are under long range surveilance.

Handful Of Lawless Monks Create Problems Says China

The mayor of Lahasa, Doje Cezhug, assured the world the so-called demonstrations in his city were caused by a handful of monks working in coordination with some lawless elements connected to the Dalai clique. However, it appears the “handful” has been able to stir up thousands of Tibetans who marched and demonstrated in Lhasa as well as in other cities in provinces such as Sichuan, Qinghai, and Gansun. Initial reports indicate at least 80 people are dead and dozens more wounded as monks and other protestors torched police stations and attacked scores of business establishments. A resident of Aba county in Sichuan said he witnessed a clash between monks and armed police which resulted in the death of at least one policeman while police vehicles were burned,

Monks are leading many of the demonstrations and the Dalai Lama warned the world a process of “cultural genocide” as now taking place in his homeland as Chinese authorities are clamping down on protestors. It appears there has been extensive torching of Chinese run businesses and some reports of beating of Chinese nationals in Lhasa. An apparent fury of latent anger has burst through years of being compelled to remain silent.

Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, announced his opposition to any form of boycott which would “penalize innocent athletes.” Which comes first, innocent Tibetans or innocent athletes?

Tibet Violence Escalates And China Uses Force!

The Chinese government on the eve of staging the Olympic Games is facing a huge public relations disaster as violence continues in Tibet. Fighting between protestors, who were shouting, “Free Tibet” and police and army units, has resulted in at least four deaths and hundreds injured. Demonstrators set fire to shops and cars as police opened fire on them while all monasteries were reported surrounded by hundreds of soldiers in order to halt monks from participating in action against Chinese authority in Tibet. A Han woman told reporters: “It was chaos everywhere. I could see fires, smoke, cars and mortorcycles burning.” A tibetan guide who refused to give his name said police in riot gea were backed by armored vehicles and were blocking major intresections in the city. The US embassy in Beijing has received reports from Americans in Lhasa of gunfire and rioting.

The open resentment of demonsrators has undoubtedly shocked Chinese officials who continue believing their rule over the Tibetan people is welcomed by one and all. A Tibetan demonstrator told a reporter, “I have a mesage for Tibetans abroad: don’t stop supporting us. If you stop, it makes the risks we’re taking useless.”

China has two choices: continue present policies which are resented by Tibetans or move in a direction of offering the people of Tibet genuine local autonomy. If China uses excessive force it risks creating conditions that might spark a boycott of the Olympic Games and damage its image in the world for a decade.