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Can China Rectify All Of This Before The Beijing Olympics??

March 14, 2008

I think not! The blogosphere is lit up right now , and the eyes of the world are staring directly into a land they probably don’t know much about, or minimally, heard of in a whisper or two- Tibet.

Since the 10th of March, Buddhist Monks have been holding peaceful, non-violent protests for a variety of reasons. The date signifies the anniversary of the failed uprising against Chinese invaders/ occupiers in 1959, that is one reason. Another is that some monks are/ were seeking the release of monks arrested in October for celebrating the Dalai Lama being awarded the US Congressional Gold Medal.

As you’ve read in other news articles, the protests have escalated and it’s not only monks anymore, it’s lay people within the Tibetan community standing up as well. And why shouldn’t they? The repression they’ve felt firsthand has finally boiled over. You can only live in fear so long before that fear takes hold. That’s how most revolutions begin, a few people stand up and say “we’re sick and tired of being told how to live our lives, we’re sick and tired of our freedoms being taken from us, we’re sick and tired of losing our culture and religious practices and being forced to not believe the things we’ve believed our entire lives.”

Tibet is not the only front in this “war” against repression though, there are a few more. You may or may not be aware but there is a similar situation to Tibet, and it’s happening within the confines of The People’s Republic of China as well. Here’s a snippet I pulled from Wikipedia:

Following 9/11, China voiced its support for the United States of America in the war on terror. The Chinese government has often referred to Uyghur nationalists as “terrorists” and received more global support for their own “war on terror” since 9/11. Human rights organizations have become concerned that this “war on terror” is being used by the Chinese government as a pretext to repress ethnic Uyghurs. [15] Uyghur exile groups also claim that the Chinese government is suppressing Uyghur culture and religion, and responding to demands for independence with human rights violations. The one-child policy allegedly has had a program that coercively sterilizes Uyghur women since 1984. These include mass abortions of Uyghur children and forced termination of marriages between Uyghur people. Uyghur children who are born unauthorized are denied food and shelter by the government.[16] [17]

Many Uyghur in the diaspora support Pan-Turkic groups. Several organizations, such as the East Turkestan Party, provide support for the Chinese Uyghurs.

Though most Uyghur political groups support peaceful, secular Uyghur nationalism, there are some radical Islamist militant groups (such as the East Turkestan Islamic Movement and East Turkestan Liberation Organization) advocating independence from China. This has caused much confusion with regard to names and beliefs of Uyghur political groups. Often the Chinese government refers generally to East Turkestan nationalists as “terrorists“.

The Chinese government often imprisons Uyghur nationalists and has executed some individuals. On February 9, 2007, Ismail Semed was executed by the Peoples Republic of China for “attempting to split the motherland”[18]. In March 2006, Huseyin Celil, a Canadian Muslim religious leader was arrested and later convicted for “separatist activities” and sentenced to life imprisonment because of his alleged links to groups seeking independence for Xinjiang.

The name Xinjiang, which means “new dominion” in Chinese, is considered offensive by many advocates of Uyghur independence who prefer to use historical or ethnic names such as Uyghurstan, Chinese Turkestan or East Turkestan (with Turkestan sometimes spelled as Turkistan)

And then of course, you have the China link to the Khartoum regime in Darfur. Here’s a small bulleted list taken from sudanreeves.org that points out some interesting, yet damning evidence that China does indeed support genocide:

LEFT CIVILIANS IN DARFUR AT RISK
• China abstained from UN Security Council Resolution 1706 (August 2006), compromising international support for a critically needed peace support operation in Darfur.

SUPPORTED THE KHARTOUM REGIME
• China has repeatedly and uncritically supported claims of national sovereignty by Khartoum, emboldening the regime in its defiance of the UN and international community.

IGNORED ATROCITIES THROUGHOUT SUDAN
• In pursuit of Sudan’s oil riches, China has for many years ignored massive human rights abuses and atrocity crimes by the Khartoum regime throughout Sudan.

SUPPLIED THE WEAPONS
• China has been Khartoum’s leading weapons supplier over the past decade and more; many of these weapons have been used in Darfur.

GAVE THE NOD TO GENOCIDE
• China has sent the diplomatic signals which, in their tepid nature, convince Khartoum it can complete its genocidal counter-insurgency war in Darfur without serious consequences.

And don’t forget the Chinese governments support of the military junta in Burma/ Myanmar. Here’s a piece from a large document written by David Arnott in 1993:

Following the popular uprisings of 1988, the military high command judged that it did not have the capacity to guarantee control of the cities and at the same time continue its containment of the ethnic insurgencies. Tatmadaw modernization and expansion preserved the regime by enhancing the army’s capacity to control the cities and, in the civil war, to move from a strategy of seasonal combat to one of year-round occupation. In 1988 the Tatmadaw numbered 186,000. In early October of that year, arms supplies began to arrive from Singapore, and subsequently from Pakistan.102 Following a visit to China by Burmese defence officials in 1989, an arms deal of $1.4 billion was signed in mid-1990, and one for $400 million in 1994. The arms thus purchased allowed a major expansion of the armed forces, whose strength is currently estimated to be 400,000, with the stated goal of being a well-equipped force of 500,000.

There are other things too, how about the forced relocation of nearly 2 million people to make way for the building of a park to beautify Beijing for the Olympics? Thats their “own” people they’ve mistreated! Their own people!

Maybe it’s just me, but China has alot more on it’s plate than it thinks it does coming down the stretch here to the Beijing Olympics.

One Comment leave one →
  1. CCT permalink
    March 15, 2008 4:40 am

    The revolution, so far, includes killing and attacking innocent Chinese. The motivation of the Tibetan protesters is to ethnically cleanse Tibet of all non-Tibetans, period… regardless of how many generations they’ve been there.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/mar/15/tibet.china2

    “The residents are very angry. They are throwing stones at anyone who is Han [Chinese] or from other minorities like the Hui, who are Muslims. It seems like it’s ethnic – like they want to kill anyone not Tibetan. ”

    “”I saw three people assaulting a man – I was 50 metres away, but I think he was Chinese. They kicked him and then one man had a knife and used it. He was lying on the floor and the man put the knife in his back, like he wanted to see he was dead. ”

    http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0314/p99s07-woap.html?page=2

    “Later, a European traveler joined the group holed up in the hotel room. He claimed to have seen two dead Tibetans and said that he saw Tibetans attack Muslims and Chinese randomly. “They were aiming to kill Muslims and Chinese for a free Tibet,” he said. ”

    “The European traveler said he was hiding out with a Tibetan family but eventually got kicked out when he disagreed with their sentiment that all Chinese and Muslims should be removed from Tibet. A monk who was with the family asked him to leave, to avoid confrontation “

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