China blasts Pelosi on Tibet: The Swamp
 
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Posted March 24, 2008 7:30 AM
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by Matthew Hay Brown

Happy Easter, Madam Speaker: China’s state-controlled media lit into Nancy Pelosi on Sunday for meeting with the Dalai Lama last week in India.

The House speaker was the first major foreign official to call on the exiled Tibetan leader since the outbreak of violence in the capital city of Lhasa earlier this month.

“We insist that the world know the truth about what is happening in Tibet,” Pelosi said during the meeting Friday. “If freedom loving people throughout the world do not speak out against China’s oppression in Tibet we have lost all moral authority to speak on human rights anywhere in the world.”

In commentary published Sunday in the China People’s Daily, the official Xinhua News Agency labeled the California Democrat a “muckraker of her own hypocrisy,” saying she “challenged her own conscience” when she condemned “China’s legitimate actions against violence in Tibet, but turned a blind eye to merciless rioters.”

Xinhua complained that “ ‘Human rights police’ like Pelosi are habitually bad tempered and ungenerous when it comes to China, refusing to check their facts and find out the truth of the case.”

In fact, access to the facts in this case has been sharply limited by the refusal of the Chinese government to allow independent observers into the restive areas. Witnesses say demonstrations for Tibetan independence earlier this month turned to violent confrontations with authorities, with rioting, arson, looting and attacks on ethnic minorities.

Beijing has put the death toll at 18; the exiled Tibetan leadership says the number is closer to 100.

A Pelosi spokesman told the Associated Press on Sunday that the speaker condemns the Chinese government’s crackdown and calls on it “to begin a substantive dialogue and to allow journalists and independent monitors into Tibet to find out the truth.”

U.S. affection for Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, is a perennial sore spot for the Chinese government. Beijing objected last fall when he was received by President Bush and awarded a Congressional Gold Medal; Chinese officials consider him an enemy of the state.

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Pelosi is ridiculous.

Do you recall the FBI using tanks on a group of flaky religious fanatics, ending with the death of about a hundred?

Do you recall the American National Guard shooting nearly fifty people in the streets of Detroit?

Did you know that when the U.S. assumed control of Hawaii, that virtually the entire native population signed a petition for their independence and took it to Washington and no one even talked to them?

Did you know the U.S. was using "water torture" in the Philippines, and lots of bullets, in its efforts to put down rebellion after it took over from Spain?

What do you call what the U.S. is doing in Iraq? A million dead. Three million refugees.

And then there was Vietnam, a modern holocaust of three million souls.

China's behavior here has been temperate by comparison.

And Tibet is as much part of China as New Mexico and Hawaii are part of the U.S.


Welcome to china
then you will know what has happened.
(don`t believe any western news.)


Is she endorsing the criminal and terrorist activity of looting, killing, burining and property damage done by the violent protesters?


The best way for conscientious Americans to protest is to boycott the games on TV. Give NBC such a low-rating that the Chinese will be embarrassed.

We may not be able to stop buying China's products - thanks to the "global economy" - but that doesn't mean we have to spend pleasant summer evenings in front of the tube watching amateur athletes do whatever it is they do.


yes , welcome to chengdu, sichuan province, people's life there is peaceful.


China would have more credibility in this argument if they didn't ban media from the troubled area. No rational person believes a word that comes from the Ministry of Truth a/k/a China People's Daily.


Any crackdown on terrorist and criminal by western world is action of democracy, the same done by China is oppression, clearly double standard and hyprocracy


Nancy Pelosi told the world: "against China and the CHINESE in Tibet". I just can't believe such racist speech was said by the leader of the House. Just imagine a black/indian leader said "against the White in American", what will be media's comment!


A tip - The Manchu's conquered Tibet in early 17th century after taking over the whole China. The first time ever independence was demanded by 13th Dalai Lama in 1921, following the independence of Mongolia backed by Russia (then SSSR). However, the independence supported by British East India Company abolished after the Nationalist resumed the control. Most reports are biased or ignorant of Chinese history.


John Chuckman how does your hatred of America justify a crackdown by a brutal dictatorship in China?

If it's OK to slaughter separatists in Tibet by the hundreds, will your nation do the same the next time there are protests in Quebec? Is your government lining up to kill the Tibetan protesters in your very own city?

http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,23425614-23109,00.html


http://www.citynews.ca/news/news_20891.aspx


Did you go down to the Protest and explain the error of their ways to the Tibetan protesters? Did you explain to them how "temparate" the Chinese government has been in shooting their country men and women?


Well, I'm not the best versed in the China/ Tibet topic, so I can not make any educated comments, other than to say that China's restriction on the media makes it impossible for educated people to believe anything that they say.


Bush the Manchurian candidate has deliberately laid the country low.
Bush delivered a one two punch. First he sold out our energy
independence to Saudi Arabia. Second he got us in to a protracted
and costly and needless war which necessitated our selling debt
to China. On top of all tha Bush created the largest entitlement
program in history. He has been pissing away our money, our
freedoms and our sovereignty. Even though we were attacked
on Sept 11th by Saudis, Osama is Saudi, and the homicide bombers
in Iraq are Saudis, Bush's only response is to get on his
knees and beg the Saudi princes to have mercy. And now that
China is brutalizing Tibet, Bush who was so quick to
criticize a worthless dictator in Iraq and begin a war
over things such has Hussein's civil right record, is
scared crapless to say "boo" to China. Why? Well the
fall of Bear Stearn nearly toppled the economy. If we threatened
to boycott the Olympics over Tibet, China could threaten to
call in all their markers on our debt. There would
literally be a run on the bank as other nations followed the
Chinese lead, and we would have the great depression. In
my personal opinion Bush and Cheney can assert Mission
Accomplished in two areas. One: their oil and corporate
buddies have record profits. Two: the foreign masters
who have purchased Bush and Cheney's souls have the US on the brink
of ruin. Heckuva job W. In my opinion.


I don't know what to make of the posts by those with Chinese names. They seem to be written by the Chinese government.

"The Manchu's conquered Tibet in early 17th century after taking over the whole China. "
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So what's the point here? To me, that's an admission that Tibet is a slave state.
The poster from Canada needs to look in the mirror and ask himself why the French and English settlers did to the indigenous population the same thing he is accusing the U.S. of doing.

I believe in independance for:
Ireland
Hawaii
The Phillipines
Tibet
etc.

America should do more to restore the sovereignty of our original tribes.

Isreal should give back the land they stole and allow the right of return.

I know that makes me an idealist who believes in freedom and independance, but I can live with that.


Isreal should give back the land they stole and allow the right of return.
Posted by: Bruce Y
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Oops, I mispelled that first word. How clumsy of me. Now I'll be called an anti-semite who can't spell.


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