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Officials that aided Dalai Lama investigated in 2014 [People’s Daily]

Posted in China, Corruption, CPC, Dalai Lama, Tibet on March 8, 2015 by Zuo Shou / 左手

January 28, 2015

Several officials who participated in the illegal underground “Tibetan Independence” organization, provided intelligence to the Dalai Lama clique and assisted activities that would harm national security, were put under investigation in 2014, authorities in the Tibet Autonomous Region said Tuesday.

A total of 15 officials were punished by the Communist Party of China (CPC) for violating Party and political discipline in 2014, said Wang Gang, an official with the Party discipline inspection commission of Tibet.

Six “typical” cases of Party members and civil servants violating discipline have been announced in Tibet and 45 officials who abandoned their positions and neglected their duties have been severely punished, said Wang.

Some officials failed to take a firm stand on issues related to the Tibet question and some grass-root officials in the region were found to be seriously corrupt, said Ye Dongsong, head of an inspection team of the CPC discipline commission in November 2014. Ye suggested that the Tibetan regional government focus on neutralizing separatists and maintaining social stability, cracking down on corruption and strictly monitoring projects in the region…

Excerpted; full article link: http://en.people.cn/n/2015/0128/c90785-8842047.html

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“China urges U.S. to correct mistakes on Tibet”: on Feb. 2014 Obama – Dalai Lama meeting [Xinhua]

Posted in China, Dalai Lama, Obama, Tibet, US imperialism, USA on February 25, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

BEIJING, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) — Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Qin Gang on Saturday evening urged the United States to correct its mistakes after President Barack Obama met with the Dalai Lama.

“We once again urge the U.S. side to correct mistakes,” Qin said in a press release.

He said the United States should stop conniving and supporting anti-China, secessionist force which pursues “Tibet independence,” halt interference into China’s internal affairs, and adopt measures to offset negative influence, in order to avoid further damage to the China-U.S. relations.

Qin pointed out that Tibet is an inseparable part of China’s territories and that the affairs of Tibet are totally internal affairs of China.

Qin said the U.S. side has done serious damage to China-U.S. relations by allowing the Dalai Lama to visit the country and meet with the U.S. leader despite objection of China.

He said such a wrong move gravely interfered in China’s internal affairs, seriously violated the U.S. commitment of recognizing Tibet as part of China and of not supporting the “Tibet independence,” and gravely violated basic norms governing the international relations.

“Facts have proved that the Dalai Lama is definitely not just a religious figure, but a political exile who has long engaged in anti-China secessionist activities in the name of religion,” he said.

Qin said the Dalai Lama has never stopped secessionist activities though he proclaimed not to seek “Tibet independence.”

He accused the Dalai Lama of attempting to pursue independence in a disguised way by advocating the so-called “middle way” and a “Greater Tibet,” which in fact is nonexistence in history.

“This is what the Chinese government and people will never accept,” Qin said.

He said the central government of China has always kept the door open for contact and discussions with the Dalai Lama.

“If the Dalai Lama really wishes to achieve progress in contact and discussions, he must reflect on his own words and deeds in a thorough way and stop all activities of separatist and destructive nature,” Qin said.

Qin said the Chinese people have the biggest say on the situation in Tibet.

Since the peaceful liberation of Tibet more than 60 years ago, Tibet has experienced tremendous changes. Serfs of the old time Tibet have long become the master of their own destiny while unprecedented progresses have been achieved in all fields, he said.

“These are facts that won’t be denied by anyone without political bias,” Qin added.

Article link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-02/23/c_133135816.htm

Chinese defence paper warns of US “hegemonism” [World Socialist Website]

Posted in Afghanistan, Australia, China, CPC, Diaoyu Islands, Iraq, Japan, Libya, Nukes, Obama, Pentagon, PLA, Serbia, Syria, Taiwan, Tibet, US imperialism, USA, Xinjiang, Yugoslavia - former FRY on April 27, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

By John Chan
20 April 2013

The Chinese defence ministry issued a major white paper on Tuesday, in what amounts to a response to the aggressive US “pivot” to Asia. Entitled, “The Diversified Employment of China’s Armed Forces,” the document warns of the danger of US “hegemonism.”

Confronted by the Obama administration’s efforts to undermine China strategically, as well as diplomatically and economically, Beijing is being forced to rethink its military doctrine, and prepare for a potential nuclear war instigated by Washington.

As part of the “pivot,” the Pentagon’s Air/Sea Battle strategy envisages a massive bombardment using conventional weapons of China’s basic command and communications infrastructure and missile forces to cripple the Chinese military. Aided by key allies such as Japan and Australia, the US would blockade the Chinese mainland by cutting key shipping routes through South East Asia for energy and raw materials from Africa and the Middle East.

For the first time, Beijing’s latest white paper stresses the protection of China’s maritime territories, overseas investments and shipping routes. “With the gradual integration of China’s economy into the world economic system, overseas interests have become an integral component of China’s national interests,” it states. “Security issues are increasingly prominent, involving overseas energy and resources, strategic sea lines of communication (SLOCs), and Chinese nationals and legal persons overseas.”

Without naming the US, the paper refers to a country that “has strengthened its Asia-Pacific military alliances, expanded its military presence in the region, and frequently makes the situation tenser.” Japan, the principal US Asian ally, is specifically accused of “making trouble” over the disputed Diaoyu/Senkakus islands in the East China Sea.

The paper points to “signs of increasing hegemonism… and neo-interventionism.” This is a reference to the repeated military interventions led by the US, in particular since the late 1990s, from the bombing of Serbia to the invasions of Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003, the violent toppling of the Libyan regime in 2011, and the mounting intervention in Syria.

The paper also nominates threats to China’s “national unification.” Among them are “terrorism, separatism and extremism”—that is, separatist movements among national minorities such as Tibetans and Xinjiang’s Uyghur Muslims that could be exploited by the US and other imperialist powers. At the same time, the paper warns that “Taiwan independence” forces and their activities are still “the biggest threat to the peaceful development of cross-Straits relations.”

China continues to maintain a large military presence along its coastline facing Taiwan, including hundreds of thousands of Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) troops and an estimated 1,000 tactical ballistic missiles. The Obama administration, although aware of the extreme sensitivity of China’s claims over Taiwan as its integral territory, has begun selling billions of dollars of weapons to Taiwan. The US is also including Taiwan in its Asia-Pacific anti-ballistic missile network, which is part of the Pentagon’s preparations for a potential nuclear war against China.

The white paper refers to the first ever large-scale overseas evacuation mounted by China. During the Libyan war in 2011, some 35,860 Chinese nationals were pulled out with the assistance of Chinese warships and air force transport planes. As a result of the US- and European-led “regime change” operation, billions of dollars’ worth of Chinese investments were lost in Libya.

Yue Gang, a former officer in the PLA General Staff, noted on Sina.com that China has huge economic interests at stake. Total Chinese investment overseas has reached $US500 billion, and is projected to reach $1 trillion by 2020. He said 81 million Chinese travelled overseas each year, half a million seamen were working around the world, and China operated a merchant fleet of 3,300 ships—the fourth largest in the world. As 55 percent of China’s energy production depended on imports and 93 percent of its exports relied on sea shipment, protecting China’s maritime routes was a vital question.

Yue noted that China’s military had only begun to face these tasks and lacked sufficient aircraft carriers or amphibious assault ships, as well as large transport planes capable of the “strategic lifting” of forces to distant regions.

In an effort to counter the mounting US threat, China’s military spending has steadily risen during the past decade, from $20 billion in 2002 to $114 billion this year. China has made some breakthroughs in military equipment. It is testing two prototype stealth fighters, the only nation to do so, apart from the US.

However, the US military budget of more than $680 billion dwarfs China’s. Moreover, the US possesses more than 5,100 nuclear warheads, compared to China’s estimated 240-400. The US has 11 nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, while the Chinese navy has just one conventionally-powered carrier, and will take years to form a functional battle group with warplanes and escort warships. The US also has military bases and alliances throughout Asia and around the world.

The US media has focused on the fact that the white paper makes no mention of China’s long-standing “no first use” nuclear warfare policy. Beijing’s longstanding pledge not to launch a first nuclear strike has been reiterated in all previous defence white papers. Its omission from the latest indicates deep concerns that the US is developing the capacity to knock out China’s entire nuclear arsenal.

The US has never relinquished its “first strike” nuclear war doctrine. Moreover, it is clearly constructing the anti-ballistic missile systems to enable it to invoke that doctrine with impunity, by neutralising any Chinese counter-attack with nuclear weapons.

The Chinese white paper is another sign that Beijing is being compelled to respond to the Obama administration’s “pivot” that is aimed at preventing China from becoming a future threat to American global domination. Washington’s aggressive policies have dangerously inflamed flashpoints in Asia such as the Korean Peninsula and are fuelling an arms race throughout the region that can only lead to conflict and war.

Article link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/04/20/chin-a20.html

“Self-immolation Guide”: desperate insanity of the Dalai clique: bylined article [Xinhua]

Posted in Anti-China propaganda exposure, China, CIA, Dalai Lama, Tibet, Tunisia on March 8, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

BEIJING, March 6 (Xinhua) — The China Tibet Online, a multi-language media website dedicated to providing news stories on Tibetans living in China, has recently published a bylined opinion article on the “Self-immolation Guide,” produced by the Dalai Lama clique.

Following is the full text of the article in English:

“Self-immolation Guide”: desperate insanity of the Dalai clique

By Yi Duo

Recently, the Dalai clique published a “Self-immolation Guide” on the Internet, openly inciting Tibetans within the Chinese border to “carry out self-immolations according to the plan and procedures.”

The “Self-immolation Guide” demonstrates a sober attitude in scheming and arranging the cruel actions of self-immolations, which makes it stand out among the…propaganda of the Dalai clique…

The book is published in the name of one person only for the “Tibetan government-in-exile” to avoid public condemnation toward its overt manipulation of self-immolations. The alleged author of the “Instructions” is Lhamo Je, who had been a “member of parliament” for two terms in the “parliament” of the Dalai clique and now still has an important position in its “educational system.”

The “guide” consists of four parts. The first part is an ideological mobilization which advocates the idea that self-immolators are “great and honorable fearless heroes” and that “both male and female heroes” should be ready at all times to sacrifice for the “just cause.”

The second part gives detailed instruction on the “self-immolation preparation,” including “picking important days and places,” “leaving written or recorded last words,” and “asking a couple of trustworthy people to help record videos and take photos.”

The third part introduces “self-immolation slogans” and instructs the self-immolators to shout “Free Tibet, let the Dalai Lama return to Tibet, and release political prisoners” and so forth, and asks them to print out the slogans into leaflets to scatter them on the spot so as to increase the impact.

The fourth part illustrates “other non-violent activities” such as “shouting loudly the campaign slogans at schools and other populated places,” “making public speeches,” and “filing petitions to the central government,” and points out that “it is very important to launch various activities in political, economic, religious and cultural fields.”

No matter from which perspective, this “Self-immolation Guide” can…be regarded as “a remarkable piece of writing,” for it is tantamount to a “confession” of the Dalai clique which has committed the crime of manipulating self-immolations.

[While] the head of the “Tibetan government-in-exile” Lobsang Sangay has asked the Chinese government to show evidence of the Dalai clique’s manipulation of the self-immolations, and “welcome” the Chinese government to send groups to Dharamsala to search for evidence, they have now made public the evidence by themselves.

The reliability of the evidence lies not only in the source of the writer, a senior official of the Dalai clique, but also in the confirmation of every item of the contents listed by previous self-immolations.

In fact, almost every self-burning happened just like what the “guide” had planned — some people videotaping the scene, some people shouting separatist slogans, inciting and gathering others to stop the government from taking rescue actions.

Sometimes the Dalai clique was able to hype the burning cases with photos and personal data of the self-immolators obtained [within] minutes after the incidents.

The contents of the “last words” shouted by some self-immolators are exactly the same as in the “guide.”

According to Lorang Konchok, who has pleaded guilty of intentional homicide, he acted on the instructions of the Dalai clique to make use of his status and influence in the temple, and incited, instigated and coerced others to burn themselves with the help of his nephew.

Before the self-burning happened, Lorang Konchok recorded the individual and family information of the self-immolators and took photos [of] them. Once the self-immolation was committed, he sent the information immediately to the Dalai clique via a cell phone.

The “guide” aims to “standardize and systematize the self-immolation behavior so as to manipulate it like an assembly line in the future,” and reach the goal to be “more efficient” as set down by the Dalai Lama.

The “guide” also gives a slap in the face to some Western forces. In order to contain and split China, for many years these forces have set [up] the Dalai Lama as a “non-violent” model that represents struggle [sic].

After the self-immolation incidents, they completely disregarded the facts, denied the crimes committed by the Dalai clique, and accused the policy made by the Chinese government of causing the self-immolations. Furthermore, they even showed sympathy for and “concern” to those criminals who have been sentenced to jail in line with Chinese law to encourage the self-immolation manipulators.

The publication of the “guide,” which openly admitted the crime of the Dalai clique’s inciting and scheming self-immolations, its political motivations as well as its future plans for continued manipulations, has not saved the [face] of [the] Western masters.

Why did the Dalai clique publish the “Self-immolation Guide” at this moment? The reason is that the extremists among them feel desperate.

According to the Canadian Sing Tao Daily, the Dalai clique once instructed [their] followers earnestly and tirelessly, “Suppose we resort to arms to achieve our objective, we need guns and ammunition in the first place, but who will sell them to us? If we find the seller, where can we get the money ? Even if we have money and get guns, how can these guns be transported to China and through which country’s border? The CIA once air-lifted guns for us, which happened in the past and will never happen again.”

The Dalai clique drew a lesson from its own failures: That seeking “Tibet independence” through violent activities publicly did not work, and it is better to adopt the “Middle-way Approach,” which can deceive the world [by seeking] “Tibet independence” indirectly. However, this political plot has not made any progress since its [emergence], and even the channel of contact and talk with the central government was blocked by themselves.

Up to now, the scheme of manipulating self-immolations has been worked out by racking their brains as “the highest form of non-violent struggle,” which will be doomed. All of these make some extremists more and more impatient, so they had to publish the “guide,” hoping this wicked fire can [bring about] some “achievements” before it [is] extinguishe[d].

Another reason for the publication of the “guide” is that self-immolations have not achieved the effect in the international community as the Dalai clique had expected. Even if some Western powers always support the Dalai clique, they dare not take such a huge risk of losing political reputation or moral legality to openly support manipulating self-immolations, which is a disguised form of violence and terrorism.

The head of the “government-in-exile” lamented, “There was a self-immolation in Tunisia which was labeled the catalyst for the Arab Spring. How come we have been given less support than what we witnessed in the Arab world?” reported the New York Times on Feb. 3.

A comment from the Chinese News Net revealed the truth, “In fact, the self-immolations of Tibetans have rarely received support from the international community.”

It is hard to imagine that how the international community can support such brutal and inhumane acts. The Chinese government does not create conditions to encourage Tibetans to self-immolate. Hence it cannot be condemned.

Western countries all understand the background of self-immolations, so they are already doing the “Tibetan government-in-exile” a big favor by not condemning them.

The Dalai clique attempted to prompt more self-immolations through publishing the “guide” in order to beg for more international compassion. This act has actually made the international community recognize the ferocity and insanity of the Dalai clique clearly, and urged some Western powers to hold back when supporting the Dalai clique.

The “guide” published by the Dalai clique was an attempt in political blackmail, against the Chinese government, but it turned out to be in vain.

If plotting “Tibet independence” failed in 1959 through the military confrontation and armed rebellion, how will it be possible by inciting several poor people to burn themselves?

As a matter of fact, through the joint efforts of all levels of local governments at the [spot] of the incidents, the frequency of self-immolations has been curbed and the evidence of the Dalai clique’s role in manipulating such acts has been made clear. Many criminals, whose acts are detested by the local people, have been brought to justice.

All of these fully show the unpopularity of the Dalai clique in China and the popularity of the Chinese government The government will win the battle of anti-self-immolation as long as it does not hold unrealistic hopes from the Dalai clique, nor expects some Western forces to be kind, but keep the situation under control on the basis of its own work.

The Dalai clique’s fantasy that every self-immolation will exert some pressure on the Chinese government will be highly counter-productive. On the contrary, every self-immolation case that occurred was an additional bloody crime the Dalai clique committed on its own ethnic Tibetans.

Some people from the clique including the plotters of the “Self-immolation Guide” told the public repeatedly that self-immolation is a kind of “peaceful protest” and expected to get the same attention as the vendors in Tunisia. [These people should] teach [them]selves by following the guide [and self-immolating, as] netizens have called for. If [they] dare not burn [them]selves, please stop the folly as early as possible.

Just as Lu Xun, a famous Chinese writer, said…– people who are alive…have no right to persuade others to die. So [the instigators of self-immolation ought to “practice what they preach” if they] believe it is a good idea to die.

Article link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/indepth/2013-03/06/c_132213731.htm

Edited by Zuo Shou

Beijing’s mayor and deputy resign [People’s Daily]

Posted in Beijing, China, CPC, Tibet on July 26, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

July 25, 2012

Beijing’s mayor and his deputy have resigned from their posts following the 34th session of the Standing Committee of the 13th Beijing Municipal People’s Congress.

The resignations of Guo Jinlong and Ji Lin were accepted by the committee during the meeting on Tuesday morning.

Wang Anshun and Li Shixiang have been appointed as deputy mayors, with Wang as acting mayor.

On July 3, Guo Jinlong was elected secretary of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC). Ji Lin was appointed deputy secretary.

Guo, born in July 1947, was elected to the post at the first plenary meeting of the 11th CPC Beijing Municipal Committee.

Guo, a native of Nanjing in east China’s Jiangsu province, joined the CPC in 1979. He worked for many years in southwest China’s Sichuan province and Tibet autonomous region before serving as Party secretary of east China’s Anhui province from 2004-07.

His political career in Beijing began in November 2007, when he was appointed vice secretary of Beijing’s CPC Municipal Committee and acting mayor.

Article link here

“What’s behind Western media’s ‘truth’ of news?” – “Houla Massacre” and other corporate media bullsh*t [People’s Daily]

Posted in Capitalism crisis early 21st century, China, China-bashing, Corporate Media Critique, Iraq, Libya, Media cover-up, Media smear campaign, Tibet on June 8, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

une 06, 2012

Edited and translated by People’s Daily Online

The “Houla Massacre” in Syria, which claimed more than 100 lives, including at least 32 children, shocked the world. At present, the tragic event has not been ascertained but many Western media have blamed the Syrian government. Many Western countries immediately announced to expel the Syrian ambassadors.

The truth behind the attack on Houla town needs time to be further investigated. However, viewing…events in recent years, the truth was often not what the Western media had reported.

For example, before the Iraq war, the Western media had hyped up that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction but the facts proved that it was fictitious . Then, [at least] hundreds of thousands of Iraqi people died in the war. Before the financial crisis, the U.S. media still advocated that the U.S. system is superior, the U.S. economy is powerful and the U.S. credit is 3A. However, when the crisis came, the world economy suffered a lot. The riots that happened in Lhasa and Urumqi in China on March 14 and on July 5 respectively are in fact violent crimes but the Western media reported them as “cruel suppression by Chinese government”.

These facts have proved that the usual trick of the Western media is to distort and selectively take advantage of the facts to serve their subjective purpose.

Take the Libya issue as an example, the reports of Western media never mentioned how many innocent people were killed and wounded during the NATO air strikes. The Western media are actually the spokesperson of the Western hegemonic interests and will do anything extreme in order to safeguard the interests of Western capital in the world. The hypocritical behaviors of Western media are conspicuous in recent international affairs. The truth has become unclear under their concealing.

Many people believe the lies made up by the Western media but rarely pursue the truth…[i]t is increasingly difficult to reach an agreement on the truth. The negative social phenomenon is the result of the malicious instillation [sic] of some media. These media lack basic value judgment and standard of right and wrong and constantly send wrong messages to the public. Some tabloids, for example, like to flaunt the banner of “pursuing truth” to find someone to speak for them and serve them. Moreover, some media even tie their interests to the Western countries and make propaganda in the daily reports. In this regard, our society should not keep silence any more but should form a corrective mechanism.

The current China is a diversified society, and when an incident occurs, people want to know the truth as soon as possible. But the reality is that the course of approaching the truth is becoming harder in this increasingly noisy field of opinions. Especially, since the Internet has become very developed, people tend to believe every piece of news, though many of them are false news or baseless guesses.

Therefore, the news media’s social value and responsibility are even more important in the age of the Internet. The news media ought to shoulder the social responsibility of showing the truth to the public but should not deliberately create meaningless sensations or even lie to attract attentions [sic]. Regarding the principle of reporting the truth, Western media are not honest at all. Chinese media should have their correct adjustments and standpoints.

A real and diversified world should have more than one voice. Therefore, Chinese media should play a more important role on the international stage and make detailed inquiries about the “truth” reported by Western media. Only in this way will the truth not be manipulated…

Read the Chinese version: 有必要追问西方媒体的“新闻真相” [http://bjrb.bjd.com.cn/html/2012-06/01/content_92509.htm], source: Beijing Daily, author: Chang Shi

English article link: http://english.people.com.cn/90777/7838138.html

“Why Western leaders should refrain from meeting with Dalai Lama”: on Cameron – Dalai Lama schmooze [Xinhua]

Posted in Beijing, Cameron, Capitalism crisis early 21st century, China, Dalai Lama, Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao, Tibet, U.K. on May 20, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

by Liu Chang

BEIJING, May 16 (Xinhua) — For many in China and Britain, it is a dark moment for China-Britain relations when Prime Minister David Cameron chose to meet with the Dalai Lama despite strong Chinese opposition.

The move not only tears open an old wound that has healed to a large degree in the past few years as the two countries have been working hard to shelve political differences and build a constructive partnership in the face of the global financial crisis.

It also reverses the positive momentum in the bilateral relationship carefully fostered by friendly high-level exchanges of leaders of the two countries in the past couple of years.

China has long made it clear that the Dalai Lama, who has for decades been engaged with activities aimed at separating Tibet from China, should never be hosted by leaders of other countries.

Any meeting, private or official, is interpreted by Beijing as a kind of endorsement for the anti-China secessionist and a blatant interference in China’s domestic affairs, which will inevitably lead to strained bilateral relations.

For Western leaders who cozy up to the Dalai Lama, their political calculations are pretty simple.

They do want to build a positive relationship with China, a promising export market and an increasingly credible partner in international affairs. But too often they also fall victim to the incorrect assumption that giving audience to the Dalai Lama could prove their moral clarity and help score easy political points at home.

The calculations are dead wrong because essentially the Dalai Lama is never what he claims to be.

Furthermore, they are wrong also because Western leaders cannot have it both ways when they have to choose between a sound relationship with China and unnecessary provocations like meeting with the Dalai Lama.

For Cameron, he has to bear in mind that China would not sit still while its core interests are trespassed on.

It is impossible for China to buy any excuses of such meetings, which should not happen under any condition, even though the British government claimed that it was a “private” occasion and Cameron is free to meet with anyone he chooses.

Also, there will never be a happy ending when a country works with China to seek economic and trade benefits on the one hand while on the other hand crossing over the line from time to time on issues concerning China’s core interests, including the issue of Tibet.

China has always held a sincere attitude in cooperating with Britain as well as other Western nations, especially in this time of eurozone debt crisis and global economic slowdown.

Meanwhile, President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao and other Chinese leaders have expressed on many occasions their confidence in the European economy and pledged to help revive its sluggish recovery.

The British leader needs to know that turning a deaf ear to China’s protests would only backfire in the end, overshadowing the development of bilateral ties and cooperation, which is even more important to Cameron’s political future.

The damage on China-Britain ties has been made. And the key to restoring the bilateral relations to normality is now in the hands of Cameron and his government. It is highly advisable that proper actions be taken as soon as possible so that negative ramifications can be eliminated once and for all.

Article link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/indepth/2012-05/16/c_131591592.htm