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Pelosi calls on nations to protest China’s hold on Tibet

March 21, 2008

From CNN – U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday criticized China for its crackdown on anti-government protesters in Tibet and called on “freedom-loving people” worldwide to denounce China.

“If freedom-loving people throughout the world do not speak out against China’s oppression in China and Tibet, we have lost all moral authority to speak on behalf of human rights anywhere in the world,” Pelosi told reporters.

“The situation in Tibet is a challenge to the conscience of the world.”

She made the comments during a meeting with the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, noting that she was voicing her personal opinion and not U.S. government policy.

Pelosi also offered words of support for the people of Tibet, saying it is time to shed light on what is happening there.

She arrived in northern India on Friday for talks with the Dalai Lama and his Tibetan government-in-exile.

Pelosi told the crowd at the temple in Dharamsala that it must be karma that brought her to India at such a difficult time. The Dalai Lama and Pelosi held hands as he escorted her around the temple.

“There’s a great relationship between the United States and His Holiness the Dalai Lama,” she said.

Pelosi is the first high-level U.S. official to meet with Tibet’s spiritual leader in Dharamsala in the aftermath of deadly clashes that broke out a week ago in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa. The clashes involved Chinese security forces and anti-Chinese protesters. There were also reports of Tibetans attacking ethnic Han Chinese who live in Tibet.

Pelosi’s visit was scheduled well ahead of the recent outbreak of violence. She is part of a U.S. congressional delegation in the country for bilateral meetings with the Indian government and to discuss climate change in New Delhi and Mumbai.

Chinese authorities insist they have acted with restraint in the clashes and killed no one. Instead, China says 13 “innocent people” were killed, some brutally burned, by the Tibetan rioters.

In India, Tibet’s government-in-exile said 19 Tibetans died in China’s Gansu province in recent days, raising the total death toll from the unrest to 99.

Over the last week, the violence has spread beyond Tibet into at least two neighboring Chinese provinces — Gansu and Sichuan — both with large Tibetan populations. Watch China’s restrictions on foreign media »

Beijing responded by mobilizing security forces and barring members of the international media from the region.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. dave permalink
    March 30, 2008 12:07 pm

    infact overseas Chinese oftern look from both sides, and western people don’t . Those arogant, ignorant westerns are brainwashed but they don’t know and don’t want to
    admit.

    read the documentary from many western scholars on chinatibet.info before your make unfounded conclution.

  2. Jon permalink
    March 22, 2008 6:20 pm

    Think LOGICALLY – Your screen name cracks me up. “Think LOGICALLY” thinks anything but LOGICAL. No one but ourselves make us to buy Chinese-made toys (and to that effect, other Chinese made goods). Why? Because it makes economical sense.

    Defective products are always annoying. The remedy, however, is not to shut down trade, but to improve regulation and inspection. After all, the defective rate of Chinese-made goods is not materially different from those made elsewhere in the world. What does this have to do with Tibet? Or is it that you just don’t like Chinese, period, like a racist would do?

  3. 1452 permalink
    March 21, 2008 11:53 pm

    the God is not only America’s God, but also belongs to the whole world.

    the God not only blesses America, but also blesses the whole world.

    the Buddha is not only Tibetan’s Buddha, but also belongs to the whole world.

    the Buddha not only blesses Tibetans, but also blesses the whole world.

    shame on you ignore the innocent lives being murdered by roiters, a real God and Buddha lover will pray for the innocent lives lost!

    the God and Buddha is watching from above of what you are doing!

  4. hypocrites permalink
    March 21, 2008 7:54 pm

    Yes, Pelosi is right, the US has lost all “moral authority” in the world because of the war in Iraq, Abu Grab, and Guantanimo Bay. It now has no right to point the finger at others and say what a bad country you are for abusing human rights. If US wants China out of Tibet, then China can say, US out of Iraq. At least China has historic claim to Tibet, but US has only lies of WMD’s to claim Iraq. As of now the death toll is higher in Iraq than Tibet. If Pelosi and the US wants to be a Moral Crusader for the world its got to lead by good example. Sad but true.

  5. Redfox888 permalink
    March 21, 2008 7:42 pm

    What a political grandstanding from Pelosi! Do you know Tibet was in slavery before the communists government took over the control? Dalai Lama was the overall head of the slavery government of Tibet since the spiritual leader was the leader back in those days. Don’t you see why he is strongly pushing for the autonomy in Tibet with him in control after he went to exile in India? He wants his privileges back which he lost after he went exile. “Free Tibet”, how ironic. Give me a break! Don’t let his Nobel Peace Prize winner title fool you. Go watch the video on YouTube if you want to learn more facts. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9QNKB34cJo

    The freedom-loving people shouldn’t tolerate the violent acts by the rioters during the unrest in Tibet. The freedom-loving people shouldn’t tolerate killings of Hans by the rioting Tibetans. What will the western governments do if they face similar riots? Remember Rodney Kings incident caused the riots in Los Angeles? Didn’t the police use force to crackdown on the rioters? Didn’t our government killed many people during the protests against Vietnam War? We shouldn’t allow the killings of innocent people, Hans or Tibetans. The riots have to be stopped.

    I don’t like the Chinese government in area of freedom of speed, press, and human rights, etc. The political reform in China is not fast enough. However, know the facts before commenting. I would like to see more unbiased reporting on the historic facts from CNN.

  6. randomaccess permalink
    March 21, 2008 5:40 pm

    No one will believe the propoganda. Here is the true story.

  7. SunshineAmerica permalink
    March 21, 2008 4:57 pm

    See the clips about this:

  8. Think LOGICALLY permalink
    March 21, 2008 1:53 pm

    ChinaTibet.org wants you to think that China is a happy land of peace-loving flower children, whose military aren’t jackbooted murderous thugs.

    I’ll bet it also wants you to think that lead in China’s murderous toys is actually GOOD for children, too, right? That the poisoned pet food was actually GOOD for pets.

    We don’t believe you, ChinaTibet. We KNOW that China is nothing but one human rights violation after another. We KNOW China murders innocents and imprisons those who object to totalitarianism and embrace democracy. WE KNOW THIS, and we know you lie.

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