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Is There A Chinese Word For ‘Mistake?”

The Chinese government continues its stonewalling policy of denying there are any problems in Tibet rather than admitting mistakes were made and they will be addressed in the future. Such an approach would be welcomed by the world as evidence China is pursuing the path of democracy. Instead, Quan Bo, of the Chinese Mission to the UN in Geneva, once against insisted Tibet enjoys peace and prosperity under the benevolent rule of China. He insisted the Tibet issue was neither a religious or human rights one, but arose out of dissident groups which endeavor to create an independent Tibet. Bo was particularly upset at the “biased comments” of other delegates who were trying to transform the debate into one dealing with human rights.

According to Bo, “the progress and achievements made in Tibet are facts that cannot be written off by lies and libels.” As always any deaths were attributed to the “Dalai Lama clique” which wants an independent Tibet.

No one denies that many feudal aspects of Tibet life have been changed by China, no one denies there is now a more sophisticated system of education, but fundamental issues of human rights require Tibetans to made their own decisions and certainly most want the return of the Dalai Lama.

China Arrests Monks In Tibet For Acts Of Violence

The world has responded with concern and assistance after the Chinese earthquakes which devastated regions of the nation and left thousands dead. There was an ourpouring of love and warmth as anti-Chinese feelings began to vanish. Instead of building on those positive feelings toward China, the government has decided to once again engage in a public relaitons fiasco by resurrecting the Tibet issue which essentially has disappeared from the foreign press. Xinhua News Agency announced that 16 monks had been arrested for planning violent acts ranging from blowing p an electric substation to a post office to a fuel dump and to private homes. The monks, for some reason, willing confessed while being questioned in a police station.

Naturally, the Chinese government blames foreign propaganda for influencing the minds of the monks and causing them to become terrorists. Of course, the notorious “Dalai Lama clique” is charged with being behind the alleged attacks. Of course, no such attacks ever occurred and no one was killed or injured, but the Xinhua News Agency is certain the monks are guilty.

When will the Chinese government ever learn to move away from preaching hatred toward the Dalai Lama and work with him to bring peace to Tibet. He is clear in seekng conciliation and peace.

Bad Karma Hits Sharon Stone

Movie stars have won elections to the US Senate, to the House of Representatives and even the presidency on the assumption that acting somehow conveys to the actor a sense of knowing something about the world. Sharon Stone, who has enjoyed a somewhat disjointed career, was speaking with reporters at the Cannes Film Festival when she displayed her incisive mind by commenting the recent earthquake which killed over 60,000 people in China might have been due to “bad karma” over the country’s occupation of Tibet. “I’ve been concerned ab out how should we deal with the Olympics, because they are not being nice to the Dalai Lama, who is a good friend of mine. And, then all this earthquake and all this stuff happened, and I thought, is that Karma–when you’re not nice that the bad things happen to you.”

Some of the bad karma already is happening to Ms.Stone as her films are now banned in China and will probably result in small attendance in other parts of the world because people are shocked at her ignorance and inappropriate manner of speaking about a tragedy. Perhaps, the ban is a blessing for the Chinese people since they will not have a chance to watch another of her poor rendtions of acting.

New China Moves Quickly On Disaster Relief

In the days of rigid communist rule in China, a disaster was anything but a topic to be publicly discussed. The ordinary response, as in the famous Soviet Union nuclear disaster, was to hush things up and allow people impacted by the calamity to suffer in silence. The current Chinese Communist leadership has taken an aggressive and open stance to the horrible earthquake which devastated Sichuan Province. Within twenty-four hours, 20,000 troops had been sent in to help dig out those trapped in debris. The world immediately knew what was going on so that other nations could assist relief efforts. Premier Jen Jiabao flew to the area and became actively engaged in making certain relief efforts proceeded. Within a few days, about 100,000 troops were engaged in helping deal with the disaster.

The timely disclosure of information during the earthquake has not only lent a strong hand to those working in the stricken areas, but it sent a mesage to the world that China was taking steps to become an open society. Chinese government efforts will help restore its prestige to the world. If the Chinese government can now enter into productive discussions with the Dalai Lama, the public relations disaster of Tibet will shortly be forgotten.

Did CNN Apologize To China?

During the turmoil in Tibet, CNN showed videos which the Chinese government insist were incorrect such as claiming people were being loaded on police trucks when the video on closer examination revealed they were being placed in an ambulance. Yesterday, People’s Daily proudly announced, “CNN has finally apologized.” However, the Shanghai Daily believes no such apology was ever given by CNN. The actual statement from Jack Cafferty reads: “And the one thing I regret is that some Chinese citizens in China and Chinese Americans in this country felt like maybe I was insulting them. And that was never my intention. And, I am sorry for that…” He described the Chinese as “goons and thugs” in the broadcast.

The Code of ethics of the AmericanSociety of Professional Journalists says:

1. Show good taste.

2. Avoid stereotyping by race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, georgraphy, sxual orientation, disability, physical apearance or social status.

3. Admit mistakes quickly.

Did CNN apologize?

Behave Yourself Dalai Lama Say Chinese Negotiators

A meeting between representatives of the Dalai Lama and the Chinese government finally took place due to, according to the Chinese government, repeated requests made by the Dalai side,” According to the China Daily, representatives of the Dalai Lama “expressed their views and said they would report truthfully on what had been discussed at the meeting to the Dalai Lama. President Hu Jinto told Japanese journalists in Beijing, “Our policy toward the Dalai Lama is clear and consistent, and the door for dialogue remains open.

The tone of Chinese representatives was clearly that the onus for any problems lies on the head of the Dalai Lama and his group must make changes if there is to be any fruitful changes in China’s policies toward Tibet. According to Zhu Weiqun, the Dalai side has to live up to what they say and promise to end separatist activites and cease interfering with success of the Olympic Games.

At no point in reports of the discussions is any mention made by Chinese sources that perhaps, just perhaps, the Chinese government might need to institute changes in its policies towards Tibetans. Anyway, at least both sides are talking with one another.

Adidas Runs For Cover On Tibet Issue

In an interview published in Der Spiegel today, CEO Herbert Hainer launched into an attack on protestors who have endeavored to disrupt the Beijing Olympics. “It’s OK if people use an event like this to proclaim their political views, but it is my opinion that they do not have the right to disrupt the torch relay or to try to extinguish the flame.” His company is one of the prominent sponsors of the Olympic games. He said neither he nor his compnay had any guilty conscience and insisted China had a right to use security personnel to protect the flame. “If we had nothing to hide, then we wouldn’t be sponsoring anything. The Olympic games have been part of our brand for years. It is our goal to have over $2 billion in sales in China per year by 2010.”

Hainer’s essential argument is that in sports there will always be nations with whom one might disagree regarding their adherence to democratic values, but that lies in the nature of international sporting competition. He rejected calls by those who want his company to exert pressure on the Chinese government to enter into dialogue with the Dalai Lama. He regards selling sporting materials as a non-political activity and to once enter the slippery road of taking one stand will invariably result in being compelled to take many stands.

Mr. Hainer raises important issues as to is there ever a point at which a business organization should allow political or ethical issues to intrude upon its commercial activities. There is no question such considerations will not be seen in the forseeable future by Adidas executives.

China To Dalai-It’s You, Not Us!

The Chinese government has agreed to meet with representatives of the Dalai Lama, but has made it clear, they regard the source of all problems as stemming from refusal of the Dalai Lama to respect the intergrity of the Chinese nation. “it is hope that through contact and consultation, the Dalai side will take credible moves to stop activities aimed at splitting China, stop plotting and inciting violence and stop disrupting and sabotaging the Beijing Olympic Games so as to create conditionf for talk.” In other words, any problems in Tibet are caused by “separatist” elements led by the Dalai Lama. The Chinese government apparently does not regard any of its actions in Tibet as of concern to the process of creating a Tibet that can remain within the Chinese nation while still maintaining its own cultural traditions.

No one expects the Chinese government to openly acknowledge mistakes on its part. It is still too early in negotiations for China to shift its approach to one which allows the same type of autonomy as enjoyed in Hong Kong. In reaching a compromise which respects cultural differences in Tibet, the Chinese government is showing the people of Taiwan that it might be possible to have local autonomy within the confines of China.

Fighting Breaks Out In China Over Tibet

A Chinese policeman was shot dead while pursuing an “alleged riot leader” in the ethnically Tibetan part of western China. A riot had broken out in Qinghai’s Dari County incited by a “handful of people” alleged to be insurgent seeking “Tibetan independence” according to Chinese news sources. The supposed leader of Tibetan nationalists was approached by police officers when he fired, killing the policeman. In the ensuing exchange of gunfire, the supsect was killed.

Since outbreaks of violence in Tibet, there have been riots in many areas of China containing large numbers of Tibetans. The Chinese government has admitted jailing supsects and then sentencing them to prison terms ranging from a few to several years. This has only accentuated feelings against the Chinese government.

The Dalai Lama must be engaged in dialogue which would result in recognizing the cultural values of Tibetans while still including Tibet within the framework of the Chinese republic.

Is Chna Serious About Dalai Lama Talks?

A few days ago, the Chinese government expressed a desire to engage in serious discussions with representatives of the Dalai Lama regarding recent events in Tibet as well as its future. But, the state-controlled press continues to heap scorn on the Buddhist leader’s clique as the cause of violence in Tibet last month. “The Dalai clique has always been masters at games with words and the ideas that they have tossed about truly make the head spin,” blasted the People’s Daily. The leading government newspaper warned, “questions of sovereignty are beyond debate and splitting China is sure to fail.” It heaped praise on ethnic Chnese demonstrators who have defended Tibet policies and attacked the world’s media for insulting their nation. “Those who follow national unity are national heroes and those who split the nation are criminals to history.”

The Dalai Lama has made clear his intent is to establish a relationship with China in which local Tibet customs and traditions are respected. He has avoided seeking independence from China knowing full well going in that direction leads nowhere but to failure. The issue is whether or not the Chinese government is willing to engage in meaningful dialogue or is it simply holding talks in order to deflect pressure on the Olympic Games and its opening ceremonies?