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Xinhua Article Claims U.S. Has Stimulated the Spread of Terrorism

Xinhua posted on its website an article titled, “Thought Brought by Reality—Why There are More and More Terrorists after Global Anti-Terror Efforts.” The article claims that there is no common standard in global anti-terrorism, the terrorist defined by one country is usually regarded as “hero,” “human rights fighter” in another country … The article concludes, “As the world’s sole superpower, U.S. intends to establish an international order that satisfies its self-interest by force in the name of “anti-terrorism;” using its own civilization to change other’s civilization; using its own value to control other’s value. As a result, it has even stimulated the spread of terrorism."

Source: Xinhua, July 29, 2008

NTDTV Audiences from Mainland China Send an Open Letter to U.S. Congress Regarding Eutelsat Incident

An open letter to U.S. Congress by tens of thousands of NTDTV (a Chinese TV station based in North America) audiences from Hubei Province of mainland China is published today on the website of NTDTV. The letter strongly asks U.S. government and BBG to ensure that “VOA,” “Radio Free Asia,” and “NTDTV” can be broadcast without the interference of Chinese communist regime. The letter says that they have been the die-hard fans of “VOA,” “Radio Free Asia,” and “NTDTV” because these media offered them the true information of freedom and democracy from the free world. They are astonished after learning that BBG is planning to move “VOA” and “Radio Free Asia” from Eutelsat to a satellite controlled by Chinese communist regime (and as a result, NTDTV’s contract with Eutelsat will be terminated). They are puzzled to ask, “Is American government helping Chinese communist dictators suppress free voice, not allowing Chinese people receive free information?”

Source: NTDTV, July 29, 2008

U.S. Reporter Denied Visa for Darfur Connection

The Chinese Consulate in San Francisco had denied a visa to Kendra Zanotto, 2004 Olympic synchronized swimmer and Bronze medalist. The 26 year old athlete was hired by the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad as a reporter to cover the synchronized swimming event.

The Chinese Consulate offered no explanation. But Ms. Zanotto believes the reason is her involvement in Team Darfur, an athletic group trying to end violence in Sudan.

In an interesting twist, some Chinese websites reported (apparently falsely) that the reason her visa was denied was because of an “immigration tendency”, a frequent reason given for U.S. visa denial to foreign visitors. As a result, the news was cheered by many Chinese as a sign for China’s standing up.

Source: Radio Free Asia, July 25, 2008

China Blames House Bill for Accepting Tibetan Immigrants

Beijing blames a U.S. House Bill 1077 for “interfering with China’s internal affairs”. The bill proposed an immigration act allowing 3000 Tibetans currently in exile in India and Nepal to move to the U.S..

Per China’s U.S. experts in the Social Science Academy, the so called “Tibetan Problems” can not be resolved by U.S. congressional resolutions and bills. They are China’s own problems and therefore have to be managed by China alone.

Source: Global Times (Huanqiu Shibao), July 22, 2008

Five Celebrity Movie Stars Labeled Ugly Five for Criticizing Rights Record

An article posted by Xinhua named Richard Gere, Bjork, Mia Farrow, George Clooney and Ben Affleck as the "Ugly Five". It charged the five actors with criticizing China’s human rights.

In addition, Gere was blamed for his friendship with the Dalai Lama; Bjork for shouting loud “Tibet!” at a Shanghai concert in March; Farrow was singled out for her leading role in linking Darfur with China; Clooney was attacked for linking the Beijing Olympics with human rights; Affleck was listed for his comment: “be careful of communist China invading Taiwan.”

Source: Xinhua, July 11, 2008

Outlook Weekly: Changes in U.S.-Sino Strategic Relationship

“In this new era, the U.S.-Sino relationship will be filled with conflicts, fights, and cooperation with no major ups and downs”, claimed by Niu Xingchun, a researcher from the Chinese Academy for Contemporary International Relations. The article was published in Xinhua’s Outlook during the visit to China of U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Niu summarized the following four changes in the Sino-U.S. relationship:

1. The U.S. has realized that China will grow to be a super power. It is a trend that no external forces can stop. The theory of China’s upcoming collapse has no market in the U.S. anymore.
2. What the U.S. cares about most is whether China will contribute to the current international order.
3. Even though there exist various types of conflicts between the U.S. and China, “peaceful competition and cooperation” has become the mainstream consensus in the U.S.; and
4. The U.S. has come to agree that China’s foreign strategic goal is not to challenge the U.S. in its hegemonic status in the world.

Source: Outlook Weekly, July 2, 2008

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