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Posted on Mar 26, 2008
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A young Buddhist monk looks at a photographer while others surround foreign journalists visiting the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa. The government-managed visit by foreign reporters to Tibet’s capital backfired Thursday when monks disrupted the tour, screaming that there is no religious freedom and that the Dalai Lama was not to blame for Lhasa’s recent violence.

China has allowed a group of foreign journalists an escorted visit to Tibet. News reports from non-state sources are coming out of Lhasa for the first time since protests and riots began two weeks ago. One described part of the city as a “war zone.”

The Chinese government and exiled Tibetan leaders have widely divergent estimates of the number of civilians killed, and coverage of the demonstrations has differed in foreign and Chinese media.

A small band of monks briefly disrupted the journalists’ visit to a temple, but Tibetans were largely resistant to discussing the situation with reporters, according to the Financial Times.

Read a summary of news reports on the BBC.

Or, read a direct account by the Financial Times or the Associated Press.

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By Douglas Chalmers, March 27, 2008 at 3:12 am Link to this comment

US cops beat the shit out of Tibetans in front of the UN building, shot by a white free-tibet wOrrior

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By Douglas Chalmers, March 27, 2008 at 2:30 am Link to this comment

Hu, Bush Talk over Tibet, Taiwan Issues 

and also China Collects Ancient Tibetan Literature Overseas

“These documents cover history, religion, language and script, art, astrology, science and technology, literary works, social life and others. They offer very important, first-hand material for domestic researchers to study the history of the Tibetan Tubo Kingdom (about 629-840),” he said.

The Tubo Kingdom was founded by the Tibetan hero and statesman Songtsan Gambo. Songtsan Gambo introduced Buddhism to the kingdom…..

Songtsan Gambo is also best remembered for sending twice envoys to the Tang Dynasty (618-907) emperor to propose to Princess Wen Cheng whom he later married. The Tibetans and Hans had, through the marriage of their royal families, formed close economic and cultural relations, laying the groundwork for the ultimate foundation of a unified nation.

But turmoil broke out on the plateau following the collapse of the Tubo Kingdom in the ninth century….

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By Douglas Chalmers, March 27, 2008 at 2:26 am Link to this comment

So unbelievable that so many Westerners people blogging about the Lhasa riots still think that they have the right to tell China what to do. Not a word about Iraq and the US or precious Israel and Palestine.

And I notice that no-one has bothered complaining about the authorities in NEPAL who were routinely bashing Tibetans. That was supposedly Buhhda’s birthplace -  and a NEW democracy, uhh.

No doubt, Nepalese don’t want unruly Tibetans interfering with their elections (April 10) - so why isn’t there a tour of foreign journalists in Kathmandu as well? and also

Also in the news, the USA “accidentally” shipped nuclear missile fuses to Taiwan and “apologised” publicly right after they elected pro-China KMT party president Ma YingJeou this weekend. That was a ‘poison chalice’ if ever there was…...

George Bush supposedly “phoned” China’s president Hu today to “tell him” to go easy on Tibet. Perhaps it was actually Hu who phoned Bush to tell him where he could shove his nuclear missile fuses and ask him when the USA was going to start repaying some of its foreign debt?

Quote China Radio International: Chinese President Hu Jintao expressed his views on the Taiwan and Tibet issues to his U.S. counterpart George W. Bush during talks over the telephone held Wednesday, a statement released by the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.

During the talks, President Hu voiced his appreciation of the U.S. stance, repeated many times by Bush and his administration, that the U.S. adheres to the one-China policy…..

Talking about the recent Lhasa riots, Hu said they were by no means “peaceful demonstrations” or activities of “non-violence” as claimed by the Dalai Lama clique, but undisguised serious and violent crimes. 

No responsible government would sit by and watch when faced with this kind of violent crime, which gravely violated human rights, seriously disrupted social order, and seriously endangered the safety of public life and property, he added.

Hu said the Chinese government’s policy toward the Dalai Lama is clear and consistent, and the Chinese government has all along kept in touch with his side with great patience.

President Hu further reiterated the government’s willingness to continue contacts and consultation with the Dalai Lama, as long as he truly abandons advocating “Tibet independence” and stops activities aimed at splitting the motherland…..

Hu and Bush also exchanged views on the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula and other matters of mutual concern.

Well, that’s China’s view but note that they didn’t arrogantly presume that Hu “phoned” Bush or that he “told” Bush how to behave in Iraq or Afghanistan or remind him that that the USA was irresponsibly shipping nuclear weapons parts around the globe.

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