The Dalai Lama has launched a fierce attack on Chinese rule in his Tibetan homeland, describing its people’s lives as “hell on Earth”. Five decades of Chinese rule had caused “untold suffering”, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader said, accusing Beijing of creating a climate of fear. He also repeated his demand for Tibet’s “legitimate and meaningful autonomy”.
The same time a Chinese high official announced that China will never be a …democracy as the westerns understand it! So what type of democracy they are planning? My name is dictatorship but I call myself democracy?
Chinese climbers bearing the Olympic flame have reached the summit of Everest, the world’s highest mountain.
Chinese television showed the team of climbers, carrying special high-altitude torches, reaching the summit at 0920 local time. Huddled in the snow they unfurled flags and cheered for the cameras. Correspondents say China is hoping the dramatic feat will counter some of the damaging publicity from the protests during the torch’s international relay.
So the Chinese brought the Olympic flame where there is no air, no freedom to move and breath …just like Tibet!
Chinese state media has renewed its criticism of Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, as two of his envoys prepare to meet Chinese officials.
The Tibet Daily repeated accusations that the Dalai Lama had masterminded anti-Chinese riots in Tibet in March. This is a charge he denies. The Tibetan government-in-exile said his envoys would convey his suggestions for bringing peace to Tibet.
Sunday’s talks will be the first such contact since the protests. Western governments have been pressing China to renew dialogue with the Dalai Lama. There have been six meetings between China and the Dalai Lama’s envoys since 2002, but no breakthrough.
The Tibetan envoys “will convey His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s deep concerns about the Chinese authorities’ handling of the situation and also provide suggestions to bring peace to the region,” a statement from the Dalai Lama’s office in Dharamsala, India, said.
There has been no official comment from China about the talks. A spokesman for the Dalai Lama told Japan’s Kyodo News agency that the envoys had arrived in Hong Kong and that the meeting would take place in the southern city of Shenzhen.
That’s for the ones who believed that the Olympic Games will change something in China!
Chinese officials will hold talks with the Dalai Lama‘s representatives, state media says, in the first meeting since rioting broke out in Tibet last month.
Xinhua news agency quoted an official as saying a meeting would take place “in coming days”. Beijing has consistently blamed what it termed a “Dalai clique” for fomenting unrest in Tibetan areas of China.
But the Tibetan spiritual leader insists he has no political role and played no part in the protest. Xinhua quoted an unnamed official as saying the government had taken into account “requests repeatedly made by the Dalai side for resuming talks”.
They are definitely trying to stop him from his earthly activities …permanently!
China has urged its citizens to be calm amid further anti-Western protests in the country, focused on French supermarket chain Carrefour.
The official Communist Party newspaper, the People’s Daily, said patriotism should be expressed rationally. The protesters have been angered by disruption of the Olympic torch relay in Paris and London.
They also accuse the West of supporting Tibetan separatists, and the Western media of bias. The official Xinhua news agency said more than 1,000 people carrying banners had gathered in front of a Carrefour store in the city of Xian, and there were also protests in Harbin and Jinan. Xinhua added that police were monitoring the demonstrations in the three cities, which remained peaceful.
I love it when they say …rational. I suppose there are some things you can do ‘rationally’ in China …breath!!!
Finland‘s P.M. Matti Vanhanen said he will not boycott the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games in China. Vanhanen said Finland has a policy of keeping politics and sports separate.
I’m sorry Mr. Vanhanen for the cynicism but what do you believe will hurt the Chinese more, if you don’t go or if George W. Bush, Sarkozy or Brown don’t go? Actually if you do go and the above don’t, you will become China’s alibi!
A major Buddhist temple has withdrawn from plans to host Japan‘s opening stage of the Olympic torch relay.
Zenkoji Temple, in the city of Nagano, had been due to serve as the starting point for the parade on 26 April. An official said the monks were worried about safety but also linked the decision to concern over recent unrest in Tibet.
Meanwhile the torch has arrived in Thailand in preparation for a parade through the capital city, Bangkok. The relay has been dogged by protests over Tibet, with chaotic scenes in London, Paris and San Francisco.
What more do they need to understand that Tibet must be free?
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