Tibet: “America’s Consistent Policy”


To ingratiate itself with the West, Poland allowed “Tibet independence” organizations to organize so-called protests activities in seventy towns and more than fourty schools. China’s embassies and consulates in Tokyo, Canberrra, New Delhi, Frankfurt, Brussels etc. were subjects to varying degrees of harassment and impacts.

Update, June 22, 2010: The original link to the article in Chinese is apparently no longer available.]

The above is a reference to the Tibet Initiative‘s flag-hoisting campaign in many countries, including Germany, on March 10. The author of the quoted article is Huang Shejiao (黄舍骄), China’s former ambassador in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Huang accuses America’s China policy for still rampant anti-China actions (国际反华势力在涉藏问题上的反华行径仍然十分嚣张) and quotes Kenneth Lieberthal as saying that undermining China’s unity and containing China’s development was a consistent U.S. strategy (一是利用西藏问题破坏中国的统一、牵制中国的发展,是新中国成立以来美国的一贯方针,或者说是美国的“国策”。美资深中国问题专家李侃如坦言,这是“美国一贯的战略”).

Huang provides no link or source for his Lieberthal quote. He may be referring to a Politico-moderated web chat on March 3 where Lieberthal said that

[it] is, I believe, a misconception to see America’s policy toward China as having toughened suddenly in 2010. President Obama came into office with a very pragmatic approach to China. He saw that U.S.-China cooperation (or at least our not undercutting each other) could be important to handling major global issues more effectively. Having no past experience with China, he determined to spend much of 2009 establishing the basis for a very good working relationship with Hu Jintao and other Chinese leaders. That entailed, among other things, postponing decisions that inevitably would raise tensions (such as Taiwan arms sales) where those decisions could be put back for a period of months without doing harm to other interests. But the U.S. informed the Chinese very clearly during 2009 that early in 2010 we would be making some of those decisions. For example in his November trip to Beijing in 2009, President Obama directly told Hu Jintao that Obama would see the Dalai Lama in early 2010. It is, therefore, incorrect to see these 2010 decisions as a change in U.S. policy. They, in fact, reflect the implementation of a consistent U.S. strategy — and one that the Chinese were well aware of during 2009.

Xinhua: NPC Tibetan Delegates, visit to U.S., March 20, 2009

5 Responses to “Tibet: “America’s Consistent Policy””

  1. Today I joined an intense debate on China’s human rights between a professor and two Chinese students dispatched by China’s Foreign Ministry. I’m really disappointed by the two young communists, who insisted on the US manipulation behind the Google’s withdrawal and denied the existence of internet police. Besides, they also attempted to justify China’s internet censorship and other abuse of human rights. How come such young well-educated men would be so stubborn? It scares me when I think of them going back to China and taking power. Frankly, I really don’t see any hope of political reform in China in the foreseeable future.


  2. Hehe. Try to contest Mary’s virginity in a discussion with the Pope. 😉



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