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Chinese chequers! The Middle Kingdom's mandarins have wisely decided to hold talsk with the Dalai Lama's aides,so that they can defuse the pro-Tibet protests that have spread worldwide.There are perhaps two reasons why the Chinese are apparently relenting so quickly.


Firstly,the Olympics are just round the corner,might very well see a boycott by top world leaders-which would be a mjor loss of face for the Communist leadership and if they are held without a dialogue in place between the "Dalai clique",protests at the Olympics by athletes,which China will be unable to stop,will draw not only worldwide attention but will also be seen by China's brainwashed billion+ citizens,something the PRC shudders to think of.Secondly,the Chinese know that the Tibetan youth are getting frustrated with the Dalai Lama's "Gandhian" philosophy and an armed uprising/guerilla movement armed and funded by the west will be the last thing it wants to happen,something that might also inspire the Muslim areas of China,which can easily draw upon tea,sympathy and support from the international Islamic movements,Osama et al.Not to mention Falun Gong waiting on the sidelines.So talking to the "Dalai clique" at this moment will defuse China hopes the global protests and allow the Olympics to take place as a magnificent coming of age for China as a global military,economic,cultural and sporting superpower,"master of Asia" in general and China in particular!

China 'to meet Dalai Lama aides'
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world ... 15586.html

Nick Mulvenney, Reuters
Friday, 25 April 2008

China is to hold talks with envoys of the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism whom it blames for a wave of unrest, state media reported today, as the Olympic flame arrived in Japan.

The move comes after concerted pressure from the West on China to talk to the Dalai Lama.

It also marks a sharp change in tack for Beijing, which has stepped up its vilification of the Dalai Lama since anti-government protests hit Tibet and rippled across ethnic Tibetan parts of China in the past weeks.

"In view of the requests repeatedly made by the Dalai side for resuming talks, the relevant department of the central government will have contact and consultation with the Dalai's private representative in the coming days," the official Xinhua news agency quoted an unnamed official as saying.

A spokesman for the Dalai Lama, who lives in exile in India, said he had not received any communication from China about a meeting and China's Foreign Ministry said it had no details.

China denounces the Dalai Lama, who fled Tibet after a failed 1959 uprising against Communist rule, as a traitor and has accused him of orchestrating the unrest, a charge the 72-year-old Nobel laureate denies.

But Tibet has become a flashpoint for anti-China protests that have disrupted the Olympic torch relay around the world and has led to calls for state leaders to boycott the Beijing Games, which open on Aug. 8.

"It is hoped that through contact and consultation, the Dalai side will take credible moves to stop activities aimed at splitting China, stop plotting and inciting violence and stop disrupting and sabotaging the Beijing Olympic Games so as to create conditions for talks," the official was quoted as saying.

Recent official denunciations of the Dalai Lama had usually referred to the Dalai "clique", rather than Dalai "side".

The United States and France have urged Beijing to hold talks with the Dalai Lama, while British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said he would meet the Tibetan leader when he visits Britain in May.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte urged the Chinese government on Wednesday to meet the Dalai Lama.

"Public vilification of the Dalai Lama will not help defuse the the situation," he told a U.S. Senate hearing.

Reporters were allowed into Tibet on Friday and there was a heavy troop presence lining the road between the capital Lhasa and Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet.

Japan called for calm but braced for trouble with tight security on Friday, as low-key protests began ahead of its leg of the torch relay, following emotional scenes at other venues.

The flame is meant to transmit a message of peace and friendship, but its journey has been largely turned into a political event and the torch has been granted the sort of security usually reserved for state leaders.

The flame's arrival in Nagano was greeted by right-wing activists in trucks roaming the streets, displaying huge Japanese flags and blaring "go away".

In Hanoi, Vietnam state-run radio reported that a U.S. citizen of Vietnamese origin had been expelled on accusations of planning anti-Chinese protests at next week's Olympics torch relay in Ho Chi Minh City.

Reclusive North Korea, for its part, vowed to "astonish the world" with pomp, ceremony and safety during its stage of the relay on Monday, Chinese state media reported.

The Olympic torch is supposed to enter Tibet in early May to ascend Mt Everest and is to travel to its capital Lhasa on June 19, legs China has vowed to see through, despite the tensions.

But Beijing has also been under pressure from abroad to resume dialogue with envoys of the Dalai Lama as a way of achieving stability in Tibet, a remote, mountain region which Communist troops entered in 1950.

The Dalai Lama says he is seeking meaningful autonomy for the strategic border region, but China denounces that as a sham and says he is bent on splitting the country.

The United States welcomed the announcement of talks.

"If the Chinese are now planning to resume such dialogue, we would see this as a very positive development," the U.S. embassy in Beijing said in a statement.

The Communist Party boss in Tibet has called the Dalai Lama "a jackal in Buddhist monk's robes, an evil spirit with a human face and the heart of a beast".

But before the protests soured relations, China and envoys of the Dalai Lama had been engaged in a tentative dialogue process, though several rounds since 2002 had yielded little progress.


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This move to meet the aides is to find out the future leaders of the movement and preemptively snuff them out -- the aides should refuse to substitute for the Dalai Lama, or someone acting as the DL's messenger should meet with the commie thugs. What other intent can the CCP have for the one they refer to as the "jackal in monk's robes"?


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Well said Rye.What the "jackal in monk's robes" should do is to send his oldest members of the clique to unsettle the Chinese! The Chinese revere a person the older he is and to face the ancient "wise men of Tibet",who were born in an independent Tibet,who well know what atrocities the Chinese have committed will blunt the fangs and douse the breath from the mouth of the dragon.If the Chinese insult the "wise men",then they will be exposed for what they are and incur the everlasting wrath of the Tibetan youth.

What the Tibetan youth should now do is to quickly build up "Free Tibet" movements in every country and across India,where there is almost universal sympathy for the Tibetan cause,that will help finance it and support it in every way.The Tibetans have to prepare and plan for the long struggle.The firststeps are being taken in their "journey of a thousand and more miles" fo freedom.Their cause is just and to help them is a must,if only to help safeguard India from the lust of the dragon.


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NAGANO, Japan (AP) - Thousands of riot police are lining the streets of Nagano for the Japan leg of the Olympic torch relay with helicopters hovering overhead.


http://www.wivb.com/Global/story.asp?S=8226849


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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Friday issued a travel alert for China, citing a higher risk of attacks within the country in the near future, including possibly at the Olympic Games in August.

http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/ ... 8120080425


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Torch supporters, protesters mark Japan relay
Apr 26 2008, NAGANO, Japan
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Nagano residents were put off by the tight security and rival crowds. "This torch relay is no longer about the Olympics," said retiree Kazuo Tamai. "There are so many riot police and officers around that local residents are very disappointed."

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The flame, which travels next to Seoul, is meant to transmit a message of peace and friendship, but its journey has been largely turned into a political event and the torch has been granted the sort of security usually reserved for state leaders.


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Dalai Lama back in India, Tibetans tell China to stop media attacks
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The Dalai Lama returned Saturday to India as the exile Tibet government told China to stop attacking the spiritual leader following Beijing's offer to hold talks to defuse the Tibetan issue.

The spiritual icon arrived in the Indian capital from a two-week US trip where he sought Washington's help in improving the situation in his homeland and met followers.

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His return came after China's official Xinhua news agency said on Friday government officials would meet "in coming days" with one of his envoys.

But on Saturday, China's media kept up its attacks on the Dalai Lama with the state press accusing him of destabilising the Himalayan region.


"The vilification of His Holiness must be stopped by the Chinese authorities because these attacks hurt the sentiments of Tibetan people very deeply," exile Tibet government spokesman Thubten Samphel told AFP.

The continuation of the vilification was "unnecessarily provocative," Samphel said by telephone from Dharamshala.

"Instead of defusing the situation, it is making it more tense," he said. "This attempt to demonise His Holiness will not work."

The Chinese "must stop this campaign, they must stop repression (in Tibet) and they must tackle the real causes" of the unrest in Tibet.

China's People's Daily on Saturday reported only briefly Beijing's talks offer as it published scathing articles on the Dalai Lama, one of which denounced him as "the chief ringleader of activities to sabotage the normal religious order of Tibet."

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Violent rioting against Chinese rule erupted in the regional capital Lhasa on March 14, and quickly spread across huge areas of the Tibetan plateau, casting a shadow over the Beijing Olympics in August.

China had hoped the Games would be symbolic of its rising status but instead they have has become a target for critics of Beijing's rule over Tibet and its human rights record.

Anand Ojha, a political analyst at Delhi University, said the talks invitation may prove hollow.

"Who says China has blinked? It's Chinese chequers as this invitation takes out the wind from the Tibetans' campaign of protests ahead of the Olympics which was a becoming a matter of huge concern for China
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China Maintains Criticism of Dalai Lama
Campaign Continues Despite Offer to Meet Tibetan Spiritual Leader's Envoy


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The news of possible talks sparked some debate in Chinese on-line discussion forums, but the number of postings was relatively small.

"This shows the government is soft," one person wrote. "It sends a very clear signal to the outside world that if you have power overseas, then you can come to China to mastermind a riot. So I strongly oppose dialogue with Dalai."

Another person wrote that the move was simple pragmatism: "Now we have to stabilize the situation. After the Olympics, no one will care about the Dalai Lama."


Heheh, it does show an interesting weakness in the Beijing govt's position that was not previously obvious. Beijing is worried about anything that could stoke up populist sentiments beyond its control, which could then prove to become headaches for its brittle authority.

This is something that we Indians should take note of, when formulation policy responses to China.


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Torch protests planned for Seoul

The Olympic torch will be guarded by 8,000 police officers as it is paraded through the South Korean capital Seoul on the latest leg of its world relay.

Human rights groups have said thousands are preparing to protest over China's forced repatriation of North Korean refugees and its crackdown in Tibet.


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South African religious leaders, who took part in the Ubuntu-Tibet Freedom Day event in Cape Town, have called on the Chinese government to negotiate unconditionally with the exiled Tibetan religious leader, the Dalai Lama.


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Self-immolation attempt at torch relay in South Korea
Seoul, April 27:

A man on Sunday attempted to set himself on fire on the fringes of the Olympic torch relay in South Korea to protest the deportations of North Korean refugees from China, the Yonhap news agency reported Sunday.

The middle-aged man covered himself with a flammable liquid in the capital Seoul, witnesses said. Before he could set himself on fire he was taken away by police.

The man claimed to have fled North Korea several years ago.

The Olympic torch relay continued Sunday in Seoul under strict security.


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North Korea out to 'astonish' with Olympic torch relay
Apr 28 2008, SEOUL

The Olympic torch will be paraded through the streets of Pyongyang to fawning masses on Monday with North Korea promising its main benefactor China an "astonishing" show certain to be free of protest.

The torch began its two-day journey on the divided Korean peninsula on Sunday where a frenetic and at times violent pro-Beijing rally in the South Korean capital by thousands of flag-waving Chinese students left many Seoul residents angry.

In Seoul, two Chinese were arrested on suspicion of throwing rocks at South Koreans protesting against Chinese treatment of Tibetans and North Koreans fleeing their homes for sanctuary. More than 8,000 police guarded the flame on its journey.


North Korea, which the United States and others say has one of world's the worst human rights records, does not allow rallies that anger Pyongyang's leaders. Rights groups said the North imprisons or executes anyone who steps out of line.

The global torch relay ahead of the Beijing Games in August has prompted protests against China's rights record in Tibet as well as patriotic rallies by Chinese who criticise the West for vilifying Beijing.

The isolated North, which rarely holds international events, has told China it is proud to host the relay. Its official media said the torch bearers include one of the heroes from its 1966 soccer World Cup team and a women's marathon champion.

China's Xinhua news agency quoted a North Korean official as saying the torch relay will "astonish the world".

When North Korea hosts an honoured state visitor, it sends hundreds of thousands of its citizens into the streets of Pyongyang. Dressed in their finest clothes, they wave bouquets of pink and purple plastic flowers and cheer on cue when the guest passes by.

In South Korea, newspapers on Monday were critical of the violence carried out by a few of the Chinese students.

Thousands of Chinese students were bussed in from all parts of South Korea, provided with flags, T-shirts and banners as they shouted pro-Chinese slogans as the torch made its way through Seoul, while many South Koreans turned away.
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Internet message boards in one of the world's most wired countries were flooded with comments saying the pro-Beijing display was in bad taste and soured the appetite for the Olympics.

"Kick all the Chinese out this country," read one message. Another said "China has no right to host the Games."

The torch next goes to Vietnam and Hong Kong.


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China plays true to form and the so-called talks with the Dalai Lama's envoy are nothing but eye-wash for the world community,to try and stop the global demonstrations .With this continuing criticism of the Dalai lama,they only expose their hypocrisy and fascist nationalism,the PRC this century's version of the Nazi party.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/ap ... t.politics

China ridicules Dalai Lama, despite 'talks'Tania Branigan in Beijing
The Guardian, Monday April 28 2008

The Chinese Communist party's official mouthpiece has poured fresh scorn on the Dalai Lama, only two days after the government's abrupt announcement that it would meet his aides within days.

Tibetan exiles had greeted the announcement warily and the Dalai Lama's nephew, Khedroob Thondup, a member of the Tibetan parliament-in-exile, yesterday attacked it as a "ruse" designed "to deflect pressure and give false assurance to western leaders".

Yesterday's People's Daily commentary claimed: "The Dalai clique have always been masters at games with words and the ideas that they have tossed about truly make the head spin ... Those who split the nation are criminals to history."

The renewed attack came as a leading Tibetan official launched an extraordinarily frank condemnation of the handling of recent protests in Tibet.

Bai Ma, chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference committee in Qinghai province, said: "It is regrettable that authorities in Lhasa failed to take firm action to control the situation during the first few hours of the March 14 riots ... They did not have enough police. They had guns, but they could not open fire without permission from above."

He told the South China Morning Post that the situation at the Drepung and Sera monasteries in Lhasa remained tense because of the patriotic education programme targeting monks. "The heavy-handed and arbitrary tactics [of the government] only create more animosity."

The Olympic torch relay also continues to provoke controversy, with Hong Kong this weekend barring a Danish artist, Jens Galschiot, and his two sons who had planned to protest over human rights violations when the torch arrives this week.


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The CCCP/PLA have turned into Talibans of the Muddle Kongdom...

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The other is Wang Qianyuan, a newly arrived student from China at Duke University in North Carolina who turned up in the middle of a videotaped shouting match during a pro-Tibet campus rally on the day the torch passed through San Francisco. She is now viewed as a traitor. "This traitor hurt the feelings of the entire Chinese nation. She deserves the death penalty!" another chatter wrote, referring to Wang.

"This just shows that Chinese people have lived too long in a world with unbalanced information," said Zhou Xiaozheng, a sociologist at People's University in Beijing. "After listening too long to only one side of the story, we have developed zero tolerance for a difference of opinion.

"In this mind-set, you are either on our side or you deserve to be stepped on forever."

For Wang, 20, it has proved a rude awakening. When she moved to North Carolina for her freshman year, she thought she had escaped limits on speech and actions.

"I never expected something like this would happen to me in the States," Wang said in a phone interview. "If they can shut me up, it will be just like another Cultural Revolution. People who try to speak up will be labeled as traitors. It's just a vicious cycle."

So what did the slender, ponytailed woman do to create so many enemies that within hours videos and pictures were posted on the Internet with the word "traitor" across her forehead, along with her telephone and personal identification numbers and directions to her home in China?

According to Wang, she merely sought to encourage dialogue between hundreds of flag-waving Chinese students and a couple of dozen pro-Tibet demonstrators carrying pictures of the Dalai Lama who were shouting at each other.

Wang was betraying her motherland just by standing on the side of the students holding the Tibetan flag. It didn't help that she also wrote "Save Tibet" on the back of a fellow student. Wang said she did so on condition that the student would talk to the other side.

"I think the Chinese and Tibetan sides were both very emotional," said Wang, who hopes to study psychology and economics. "The Olympics can come and go. Those problems and issues will remain. I just hope people can start to think from a different perspective."

On the other side of the world, Wang's parents are paying the price for their daughter's freedom in America.

Since their personal information was exposed on the Internet, they have gone into hiding. An Internet photo shows what appears to be a bucket of feces on the doorstep of their home in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao.

A strongly worded apology letter, said to be from Wang's father, a Communist Party member, appeared on Chinese websites begging forgiveness. "Wang Qianyuan will always be our daughter," it read. "She wants to tell everybody in this clear-cut political issue she is wrong. . . . Please give her a chance to make amends."
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IOC is again blinded by greed


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Majority of Koreans are Buddhists. Tibetans need all the help from Buddhist countries. S Korea should come out in strong support of Tibetans.

It is truly regrettable to see that Chinese citizens are abusing the generosity of host countries. Chinese living in S Korea threw rocks at S Koreans. Very ungrateful behavior, I must say.

Also Vietnamese should come out in large numbers to protest Chinese aggression against Vietnam during upcoming torch relay. China is in illegal occupation of Vietnamese territory.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7372469.stm


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Protestors In Nepal Demand UN Probe Into Human Right Violations In Tibet


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TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura reiterated on Sunday calls for China to increase transparency over Tibet, saying it was difficult to believe there was no suppression of human rights there.


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Majority of Koreans are Buddhists.


Err...most of SKoreans are now converted X'ians & also boast of some of the finest rabid EJs (cue Afghanistan, Talibs,) . Buddhism is reduced ot a minority there. The opposition to the torch is more so becoz of their hatred towrads China than anything else.


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Boss, stop 'malishing' and read here:

U.S. State Dept's Background Notes on Korea

Put together, Buddhism & Christianity do not amount to more than 50% of total population. The vast majority still hold to Confucianism & Shamanistic beliefs.

Then again why should anyone believe th U.S. S.D., they're all EJ's themselves, aren't they?


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perhaps you haven't been malishing ...
ROK is a defacto EJ country...

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ROK Prez is an EJ

A vast majority of ROKians who claim to be 'athiest' are actually plain X'ians..
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Confusedism & shamanism are fringe elements in ROK religious composition now...[/url]


anyway, my last port on this issue...lets talk Tibet


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Nepal deports U.S. Everest climber for Tibet banner

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KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal deported a U.S. national and banned him from climbing in the country for two years, after he was found carrying a pro-Tibet banner on an expedition to the Everest last week, an official said on Tuesday.

Nepal, which regards Tibet as part of China, has restricted access to Mount Everest between May 1 and 10 and posted armed soldiers to discourage protests against the Olympics torch when it is taken to the summit by Chinese authorities next month.

The ascent of Everest is the highlight of a torch parade that has been dogged by protests and counter-protests over Tibet on its journey around all five inhabited continents to raise the curtain on August's Beijing Games.

The Everest flame is separate from the globetrotting torch, which passed through the streets of the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, on Monday and is due to be paraded in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday.

Nepal has also asked climbers not to carry any non-essential items on expeditions to the 8,850 meter (29,035 feet) peak, the world's tallest.

But security forces frisking mountaineers at the Everest base camp found a pro-Tibet banner in one of the bags of William Brant Holland. It was not clear what the banner said.

Holland was deported on Monday. Tourism ministry spokesman Prem Kumar Rai said he had also been banned from any climbing in Nepal for two years.

Nepal has seen almost daily anti-China protests which police initially broke up with beatings. But, of late, they have been using little force in the face of criticism from rights groups such as the Amnesty International.

Beijing, a key donor to impoverished Nepal's economic development, has urged Kathmandu to prevent Tibetan protests.

More than 20,000 Tibetans have lived in settlements across mountainous Nepal since fleeing their homeland after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959.

(Reporting by Krittivas Mukherjee; Editing by Valerie Lee)


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Boss, stop 'malishing' and read here:

U.S. State Dept's Background Notes on Korea

Put together, Buddhism & Christianity do not amount to more than 50% of total population. The vast majority still hold to Confucianism & Shamanistic beliefs.

Then again why should anyone believe th U.S. S.D., they're all EJ's themselves, aren't they?

Only 50% are buddhists.


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The CCPs want to play divide and rule with the Tibetans, when they ask for a "private consultation"...that will open the door for the lying CCP to claim all sorts of nonsense about what the Dalai Lama's representative tells them in private. The CCP thugs must learn to negotiate in good faith IN PUBLIC -- their moronic games to play politics and screw a revered figure like the Dalai Lama is not going to win the CCP lowlives any new friends.

Hope there are flies on the wall during this meeting with the Chinese, so that the CCP game plan can be figured out beforehand.

Tibet has already been shown to the world, dear CCP jokers, get on with the program.

http://www.indianexpress.com/printerFri ... 03198.html

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Cherish dialogue but don’t show it to the world, China to Dalai Lama

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Posted online: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at 1709 hrs IST

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Its not in interest of PRC to increase the number of Tibetian political players .They have already seen its effect when caught off guard by recent uprisings in Tibet by Tibet Youth Congress members .


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Acharya wrote:
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Boss, stop 'malishing' and read here:

U.S. State Dept's Background Notes on Korea

Put together, Buddhism & Christianity do not amount to more than 50% of total population. The vast majority still hold to Confucianism & Shamanistic beliefs.

Then again why should anyone believe th U.S. S.D., they're all EJ's themselves, aren't they?

Only 50% are buddhists.


New Christian president of S. Korea wants to destroy buddhism.

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_art ... 60090ade06


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The monk's protest and others like it signal a growing rift between a Christian president, nicknamed "the Bulldozer," and a Buddhist community fearful not just of the costs of such growth but of rising antagonism against Buddhism.


Says it all. Rising antagonism doesn't come from one person, but the Korean community (i.e. the average person).


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Whats wrong folks? Why the persisitent dragging Skorea into Tibet thread? I will ban the next person for doing so for thread derailment.


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The Kangaroo Court justice of CCCP/PLA sentences more Tibetians.

China punishes six monks, 24 others for Tibet riots

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Beijing (PTI): Handing down the first sentences in Tibet riots, China on Tuesday jailed 30 people, including six monks, for their alleged role in the worst anti- government protests since 1989 in Lhasa as it asked the Dalai Lama to create suitable conditions for the proposed talks.

The Intermediate People's Court of Lhasa in Tibet's capital sentenced 30 people to jail terms ranging from three years to life in prison for their role in the deadly riots in the Tibetan capital in mid-March.

The court sentenced three persons to life imprisonment for their alleged role in the riots that left 20 people dead and 1,000 injured and prompting a massive security crackdown by Beijing in the Himalayan region.

Basang, a monk from Doilungdeqen County in Lhasa, was sentenced to life for his active role in the mob violence. Of the five monks who followed Basang, two were sentenced to 20 years and the other three to 15 years imprisonment, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Jolted by the riots, China poured military personnel into the restive region and blamed on the Dalai Lama, living in exile in India, for the unrest and trying to disrupt the upcoming Beijing Olympics. The 72-year-old Tibetan monk has condemned the violence and denied any role in it.

Earlier, the spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Jiang Yu asked the Dalai to "cherish" the opportunity of dialogue with it and create suitable conditions after the Tibetan spiritual leader said the effort would be meaningless if it was just "to show to the world".

"We hope the Dalai could cherish this opportunity, recognise the situation and change his position, to take concrete measures to stop criminal acts of violence, stop disruption and sabotage of the Beijing Olympics, and separatist activities, so as to create conditions for the next step of talks," Jiang said.


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