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Chinese Foreign Minister Publicly Associates Taiwanese Independence groups with Tibetan protests

In a meeting with journalists on April 17 during a visit to Japan, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi stated, “I emphasize that the Tibetan issue is China’s internal affair. The Chinese government has already made great efforts (in resolving the Tibet issue), communicated with the world about the situation of Tibet, and organized foreign diplomatic officials and journalist to visit Tibet. It has already confirmed through investigation that the serious criminal riot in Tibetan area is produced at the Dalai faction’s organized instigation and by the collusion of Taiwanese independence group with Tibetan Secessionists.”

Source: Boxun, April 29, 2008
http://news.boxun.com/news/gb/china/2008/04/200804290219.shtml

What Tibetan Issue Is and Is Not? Headlines from Xinhua news

April 29: The “Tibetan Issue” Is Not a Religious Issue [1]
April 28: The So-Called “Tibetan Issue” Is the Product of Imperialists’ Invasion of China [2]
April 26: The “Tibetan Issue” Is Not a Ethnic Issue [3]

Source: Xinhua, April, 2008
[1] http://news.xinhuanet.com/politics/2008-04/29/content_8071115.htm
[2] http://news.xinhuanet.com/newscenter/2008-04/28/content_8067628.htm
[3] http://news.xinhuanet.com/newscenter/2008-04/26/content_8055913.htm

Li Congjun Appointed as Director of Xinhua News Agency

Xinhua April 25 news: Li Congjun was appointed as director of Xinhua News Agency. Li was born in September, 1949; graduated from Shandong University with doctor degree of literature in 1985. He has served as Party secretary and deputy director of Xinhua News Agency since August 2007. He was appointed as deputy minister of China Propaganda Ministry in February 2001.

Source: Xinhua, April 25, 2008
http://news.xinhuanet.com/newscenter/2008-04/25/content_8050886.htm

People’s Daily: Paula Dobriansky Ignorant Coordinator for Tibetan Issues

Following the publication of U.S. undersecretary of state Paula Dobriansky’s  article “The way Forward in Tibet” on April 21 in Washington Post, People’s Daily (overseas edition, circulating among overseas Chinese) published a commentary article to counter Paula’ Dobriansky’s argument of resolving the current Tibetan crisis through dialogue. The article, under the title “Ignorant Coordinator for Tibetan Issues,” repeated Chinese regime’s harsh rhetoric against the Dalai Lama and accused Paula Dobriansky of siding with Dalai Lama. It says Paula’ title of being the coordinator of Tibetan issues is a self-claimed entertainment that nobody recognizes. At the end of the article, the author questions: "This ‘coordinator’ who once attended 2007 Brussels ‘International Conference of Supporting Tibetan Organization’ does not even know Dalai Faction’s activities of sabotaging Olympics? … Is (Paula) cheating herself or cheating others?"

Source: Xinhua, April 23, 2008
http://news.xinhuanet.com/politics/2008-04/23/content_8032052.htm

China and Iran to Reach Agreement on a US$16 Billion Natural Gas Project

China.com.cn reports that negotiations between China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) and Iran’s national gas company are nearing the last stage of reaching an agreement on a US$16 billion natural gas project. This is the second big energy deal between the two countries in the last couple of months. According to the report, CNOOC will provide technical support and take care of factory construction, transportation, and sales for the exploration of the North Pars gas field of Iran. In return, China will be allowed to share half of the liquid gas produced. China will have the right to purchase one billion tons of liquid gas each year. The deal is effective for 25 years. Also reported by International Herald Leader (Xinhua), the United States has been applying pressure on China regarding the negotiations, but China is not afraid of the interference.

Source: China.com.cn, April 18, 2008, and Xinhua, April 22, 2008 http://big5.china.com.cn/economic/txt/2008-04/18/content_14973718.htm http://news.xinhuanet.com/herald/2008-04/22/content_8025512.htm

Asian Times: Is Wu Bangguo Replacing Li Peng as the Representative of Conservative Faction?

Asian Times reports that Wu Bangguo, Chairman of National People’s Congress, published an article in Qiushi magazine, a top publication of the Chinese Communist Party, with a hard-line stance. Wu states in the article that China will never follow the political system of Western countries, will never have multiples party to take turns for power, and will never adopt the “separation of powers” and parliamentary system. Wu’s article sets a tone that is in sharp contrast to the direction of executive system reform.

Source: Asian Times (Chinese), April 21, 2008.
http://www.atchinese.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=48998&Itemid=110

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