Archive for August 17th, 2009

Monday, August 17, 2009

Stern Hu hires Shanghai Lawyer

Stern Hu (胡士泰, Hu Shitai), head of Rio Tinto‘s sales team in China and currently under arrest for charges of of infringing trade secrets and of bribery, has opted for a Shanghai based lawyer, Duan Qihan, reports The Australian. He reportedly acts in line with advice from Chinese legal circles that using a company lawyer could be counter-productive.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Wu Sike corrects some Biased Views

Maybe you sometimes wondered why the Chinese foreign ministry employs a special representative for the Middle East. And if you’ve never heard of him before, his name is Wu Sike (吴思科), and he’s actually pretty busy these days. It’s not so much because he’s going to bring peace to the holy land, but to because he’s teaching the muslims a bit of history. And if the muslims didn’t know (some Turks I know are somewhat cross concerning the 7-5 incident), Wu Sike has news for them:

Islamic countries from government to the people, all understand and support the measures the Chinese government took to maintain stability.


He made his brave statement on a news briefing after his return to Beijing on August 11, after touring Qatar, Algeria, Syria, and Iran. Let’s hope that this very small and insignificant misguided minority which took to the streets in Turkey will act in a more informed way from now.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Tibet: Domestic Issue, Dialog Abroad

A three-day conference in Geneva called Finding Common Ground gathered more than 100 internationally-based Chinese and Tibetan scholars and writers. One of them was Yan Jiaqi 嚴家其, a Chinese political scientist and formerly director of the Institute of Political Research of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He was one of the participants who addressed the conference – and with one remark he called the glass half full. Listing what he sees as the Dalai Lama’s achievements in exile, he mentioned that dialog and unity between Tibetan and Han people has been initiated abroad. Abroad, anyway.

Only few participants still lived in China, writes While Beijing and the Dalai Lama both seem to agree that Tibet is a domestic issue, China’s government isn’t available for a dialog. Nevertheless, back in China, some 300 intellectuals apparently made twelve suggestions for dealing with the Tibetan situation.

The BBC’s China editor Shirong Chen (陈时荣) interviewed the Dalai Lama in Geneva on August 6. Both English and Chinese language transcripts are available on the BBC website.

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