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China's rule in Tibet « Previous | |Next »
March 17, 2008

China's image in the media is not just that of the booming capitalist economy needing lots of resources from Australia to fuel its expansion. This image is Australia's economic saviour. Nor is it the China dragon face, that appears with the Australian Government helping BHP-Billiton, which is playing the economic nationalist card, to prevent an "aggressive China" from gaining control of some of Australia's most valuable and strategic natural resources through the state owned Chinalco acquiring a 9% stake in Rio Tinto.

China's other media face is the totalitarian face of repression exemplified in the current cackdown on dissidence in Tibet. China's 57-year rule of Tibet has been marked by a heavy hand ever since China sent troops into Tibet in 1950 to "liberate" the region and officially annexed it a year later.

tibet.jpg Moir

The anniversary of the failed 1959 uprising sparked an outpouring of frustration at decades of brutal Chinese rule that refuses to allow peaceful resistance to Chinese rule in favour of greater cultural autonomy and an end to repression in Tibet. This is China's human rights face.

Foreign journalists are being restricted from traveling to Lhasa, and the precise death toll remains unknown.But we do know that protests have spread into different Tibetan regions of China, and they have been with heavy violent hand, and that the Chinese government has attempted to manage the news flow out of Tibet, releasing extensive footage of the violent protests on official television, but none of the authorities’ brutal response.

Far from being grateful to Beijing for the benefits of modernisation and economic development, many Tibetans bitterly resent the government and the Han Chinese migrants who have flooded into Tibet and who dominate commerce. China has imposed its rule harshly and refused to yield to Tibetans the autonomy, especially in matters of religion, that they theoretically now enjoy.

Few Tibetans or their allies – are calling for full independence from China. Like the Dalai Lama, all the important foreign powers acknowledge Chinese sovereignty over Tibet but want China to respect the human rights and the unique culture of its Tibetan population.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 6:49 AM | | Comments (9)
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Odd that a global firm such as BHP-Billiton would play the economic nationalist/protectionist card in its attempted takeover of Rio Tinto.

Nan,
the China dragon face discloses the nexus between commercial and political power in Australia. BHP is trying to make a national interest case, which is what Woodside Petroleum did to get Costello to knock back the hostile takover bid from Royal Dutch Shell in 2001.

Hence the flag covered nationalism from BHP-Billiton.

Gary,
image is the right word as China is trying to use the Beijing Olympic Games to promote its peaceful rise as a global power.

The Economist, whose correspondents crop up in some very odd places, currently has one in Lhasa and he says he is the only Western one with official approval to be in Tibet.

His latest report, dated yesterday, is at http://www.economist.com/daily/news/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10871821

Interesting report Mike. Last week China was waving anti-terrorist credentials using the Chinese Muslim population, this week they've got Tibetans trashing local Muslim Chinese businesses. Awkward. It kind of reminds me of Cronulla.

Mike,
thanks. The best I have read.

According to this account what were are dealing with Chinese attempts to annihilate a religion, a race, a culture that has been made easier and given new impetus with the opening of the high speed rail link.

The important thing of genocide is not that it aims to wipe out an entire population but that there is a clear intent to reduce and restrict that population both in their number and also in their cultural practise. The case also includes charges of terrorism and crimes against humanity, which includes religious persecution which has been widely reported in Tibet. It also includes forced disappearances and arbitrary execution, apartheid and racial discrimination and then the prevention of reproduction, which has received less attention in the past but is shocking for those who have gone through it – forced sterilisation, and late abortions.

Nan,
BHP-Billiton and Rio Tinto have been blackballed from selling iron ore into the lucrative Chinese daily spot market, in a dramatic escalation of their battle to extract more value from the world's most powerful steel industry.The boycott is being orchestrated by industry arms of the Chinese Government. .

Neither BHP Billiton nor Rio Tinto have been able to send a single spot shipment into China since January 1.

A lot of people are getting bored with the dalai lama swanning around the world being treated like royalty and scooping up money while his people (cough cough) live a very different life. Dalai Lama inc makes a good living out of it.
Perhaps the people could move forward with a new face bro.

Clearly folks still have not learnt the innate genocidal program in Marxian political ideologies.