March 16, 2008


Dalai Lama condemns 'cultural genocide' in Tibet (David Eimer in Beijing, Gethin Chamberlain and agencies, 16/03/2008, Daily Telegraph)

He called for an international investigation into China's crackdown on demonstrators in Tibet, which witnesses said had left more than 100 people dead.

"Some respected international organisation can find out what the situation is in Tibet and what is the cause," he told reporters in Dharmsala, the town in northern India where Tibet's government-in-exile is based.

"Whether the (Chinese) government there admits or not, there is a problem. There is an ancient cultural heritage that is facing serious danger.

"Whether intentionally or unintentionally, some kind of cultural genocide is taking place."

Fears of another Tiananmen as Tibet explodes in hatred: The Olympics, just months away, will not stop Beijing cracking down on riots that may have left more than 30 dead (James Miles of The Economist in Lhasa and Michael Sheridan in Hong Kong, 3/16/08, Times of London)
The rioters appeared impervious to increasingly shrill calls for order issued by the Tibet autonomous regional government, which set a deadline of midnight on Monday for them to surrender.

By yesterday afternoon, China still had not regained control of the centre of Lhasa and as world attention focused on its reaction to the uprising, its leaders, gathered for a self-congratulatory meeting in Beijing, faced the “Tiananmen dilemma” – whether to use overwhelming force.

China is conscious that with the 2008 Olympics just five months away it could face a new public relations disaster on a par with the Tiananmen Square massacre, in which hundreds died when the party sent in tanks to crush pro-democracy protests in 1989.

If we think of George W. Bush as having corrected the mistakes of his father--experienced vp, annual tax cuts with no increases, removing Saddam from power, no Souters, etc.--then we have a here the opportunity for him to correct GHWB's inaction at the time of Tiananmen. At a minimum we should demand withdrawal of Chinese forces from Tibet and recognition of statehood for Tibet and Taiwan as well as a referendum in Hong Kong.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 16, 2008 7:10 AM
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