Archive for April 9th, 2009

Thursday, April 9, 2009

French-Chinese Relations in Quotes

1. Xinhua Net, April 1, 2009

France fully recognizes the importance and sensitivity of the Tibet issue and reaffirms its adherence to the one-China policy and the position that Tibet is an integral part of the Chinese territory, in accordance with the decision made by General Charles de Gaulle, which has not changed and will remain unchanged. Based on this spirit and the principle of non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, France refuses to support any form of “Tibet independence”.

2. Wall Street Journal China Blog, April 9, 2009

Now, it would seem, comes the cash. […..] What matters for France “is not how many goods China buys, but to keep long-term friendly cooperation with China,” Raffarin is quoted as saying. Stay tuned for the shopping list.

Related: Jean-Pierre Raffarin, Parliamentarians in Beijing, February 11, 2009

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Back from North America: Tibetan Delegation’s Press Conference

The following are excerpt translations from two Chinese news articles, reporting on a press conference by Shingtsa Tenzinchodrak (新杂 单增曲扎), deputy director of the Tibet Autonomous Region’s People’s Congress Standing Committee, in the Tibet Office of the Great Hall of the People, after his delegation’s return from North America. The articles were published on the same day, March 27.

1. 环球网 (Huanqiu Net, referring to Chinanews material)

At the press conference, Shingtsa Tenzinchodrak pointed out that the Dalai Lama was using his religious status to wantonly spread untrue information about the situation in Tibet. Shingtsa Tenzinchodrak said that because many people didn’t understand Tibet, they only listened to one side, therefore, they had no real understanding and knowledge of Tibet, including historical aspects.

Shingtsa Tenzinchodrak gave an example and said that on their North American tour, they were often asked: ‘Don’t the common Tibetans have human rights now?’. The delegation then explained the real situation, for example, that the 95% of people in old Tibet basically had no personal freedoms and owned no land, therefore they did not have any personal freedoms and other rights. It was because of the cruel, feudal serfdom system that the serfs were attached to their masters, that slaves could be treated like property and be used as gifts to other people, therefore, there was not any personal freedom.

2. 中新网 (chinanews.com)

A journalist asked about an American website which recently published a video which came from the Tibet government in exile and was about the March 14 incident. “The material contained police forces beating local Tibetans. As a local Tibetan, how do you [the delegation] evaluate this? Also, there have been some demonstrations abroad, supporting ‘Tibetan independence’. As local Tibetans, how do you look at such matters? Do you hope to become independent?”

Shingtsa Tenzinchodrak replied, “as everyone knows, on March 14, some rioters committed vandalism and arson. Eighteen people lost their lives in this, including a baby girl who was less than one year old. The vandalism and arsonists endangered many lives, properties, houses and shopping centers were also looted. I think everyone still has these pictures clearly on his mind. But because some people turn right and wrong upside down, fabricate, speculate, spread such false images on the internet through irregular channels, it makes masses who don’t know the truth believe they are genuine.

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Shingtsa Tenzinchodrak said that for the matter about “independence”, he had never read words like “Tibetan independence” in a historical context. “Just as I said before, in the fifty years since 1959, the central government’s preferential policies and the strong support from all places have made the lives of the common Tibetan people very happy, the economy has undergone colossal [翻天覆地, fan tian fu di, to overturn the skies and the earth] changes, do you think the Tibetan people still want independence?”

Shingtsa Tenzinchodrak said, “I believe that those who want ‘Tibetan independence’ are a very small minority of people. Daydreaming like they do is impossible.”

Shingtsa Tenzinchodrak expressed that so-called “peaceful demonstrations” should be carried out in accordance with the relevant legal provisions. If someone believed that last year’s outrageous acts were ‘peaceful demonstrations’, this wasn’t appropriate. Among the people who took part in so-called ‘peaceful demonstrations’ abroad and in China’ there were some didn’t understand Tibet’s real situation, and others simply wished Tibet bad.

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Related: The Tibetan Firewall, April 6, 2009

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