Archive for the ‘Dalai Lama’ Category

China Hosts Vast Spy Network, Computer Invasion Force

March 28, 2009

A vast electronic spying operation has infiltrated computers and has stolen documents from hundreds of government and private offices around the world, including those of the Dalai Lama, Canadian researchers have concluded.

The New York Times

In a report to be issued this weekend, the researchers said that the system was being controlled from computers based almost exclusively in China, but that they could not say conclusively that the Chinese government was involved.

The researchers, who are based at the Munk Center for International Studies at the University of Toronto, had been asked by the office of the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan leader whom China regularly denounces, to examine its computers for signs of malicious software, or malware.

Their sleuthing opened a window into a broader operation that, in less than two years, has infiltrated at least 1,295 computers in 103 countries, including many belonging to embassies, foreign ministries and other government offices, as well as the Dalai Lama’s Tibetan exile centers in India, Brussels, London and New York.

The leader of these Chinese hackers says there “is always a weakness” on networks that allows cyber break-ins. 

The researchers, who have a record of detecting computer espionage, said they believed that in addition to the spying on the Dalai Lama, the system, which they called GhostNet, was focused on the governments of South Asian and Southeast Asian countries.

Intelligence analysts say many governments, including those of China, Russia and the United States, and other parties use sophisticated computer programs to covertly gather information.

The newly reported spying operation is by far the largest to come to light in terms of countries affected.

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China Shuts Down YouTube After Video Shows China Police Killing Protester — Google Clueless

March 24, 2009

A video that appears to show police fatally beating a Tibetan protester was a fake concocted by supporters of the Dalai Lama, China said Tuesday — the same day the video-sharing network YouTube said its service had been blocked in China.


The video has been posted on YouTube in recent days.

A spokesman for Google, which owns YouTube, said he couldn’t comment on the Chinese government‘s reason for the block.

“We are looking into it and working to ensure that the service is restored as soon as possible,” spokesman Scott Rubin said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

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Here’s part of the New York Times’ report:
“The instant speculation is that YouTube is being blocked because the Tibetan government in exile released a particular video,” said Xiao Qiang, adjunct professor of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, and editor of China Digital Times, a news Web site that chronicles political and economic changes in China.

Mr. Xiao said that the blocking of YouTube fits in with an apparent effort by China to step up its censorship of the Internet in recent months. Mr. Xiao said he was not surprised that YouTube, which also hosts videos about the Tiananmen Square protests, whose 20th anniversary is coming up, and many other subjects that Chinese authorities find objectionable, is being targeted.

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China says Internet crackdown to be “long-lasting”

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 Internet: Do You Really Believe China Cares About Porn, Public Morality?
“Unafraid” of Internet, China appears to block YouTube

In this Tuesday March 10, 2009, file photo, Tibetan spiritual ... 
In this Tuesday March 10, 2009, file photo, Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, speaks to the media on the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule that sent him into exile, in Dharmsala, India. The South African government said Tuesday, March 24, 2009, that the Dalai Lama is not welcome until after the 2010 football World Cup, for fear tensions over Tibet would overshadow all other issues. Organizers said earlier that a peace conference scheduled in Johannesburg on Friday has been indefinitely postponed because the government had barred attendance by the Tibetan leader, who has clashed with China. Tibet’s government-in-exile said South Africa was acting under pressure from China, but South Africa’s government denied it. South Africa is China’s largest African trading partner.(AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia/file)

Chinese PM Accosted by Protesters Over Tibet in London

February 1, 2009

China’s Prime Minister Wen Jiabao came face-to-face with Free Tibet protesters in London today, an incident bound to embarrass both China and the British government. 

Protesters carrying Tibetan flags chanted “China Murderers,” and “China Out of Tibet,” as Wen, on a three day trip to Britain, arrived at the embassy.

Human rights activists have been angry at Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown and China since before last summer’s Olympics.  Brown is under fore for not pressing China on the issue of Tibet.

China is seen by some as a violator of human rights in Tibet.

“Gordon Brown and other leaders failed to press the Chinese authorities to respect human rights ahead of the Olympics,” said Kate Allen, director of Amnesty International UK.
“The result was a Games that took place against a backdrop of repression. He must not miss this opportunity to speak up for the rights of people in China.”


Five protesters were arrested after trying to approach Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao during a Free Tibet group demonstration.

Several people vaulted barriers as he arrived outside the Chinese Embassy in London amid a noisy demonstration.


Supporters had greeted Mr Wen with dragon dancers and firecrackers as he visited as part of his UK tour.

Police arrest a pro-Tibet protester outside the Chinese embassy, ... 
Police arrest a pro-Tibet protester outside the Chinese embassy, during a visit by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, in central London February 1, 2009. The Chinese Premier arrived in London on Saturday in the latest leg of a European tour aimed at tackling the global financial and economic crisis and improving relations between the trading partners.REUTERS/Andrew Winning (BRITAIN)

The Chinese Prime Minister had earlier met Tory leader David Cameron and shadow foreign secretary William Hague.

The focus of the meeting had been on the global financial downturn, with the UK and China both keen to boost their economic ties.

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A pro-Tibet protester runs past a police cordon outside the Chinese Embassy in London.

A pro-Tibet protester runs past a police cordon outside the Chinese Embassy in London.

China’s Prime Minister Wen Jiabao passed our compensation money to earthquake survivors last week to start the Lunar New Year.  This photo was taken last year when he visited earthquake survivors.

China’s Tibet action sparks plea

January 29, 2009

The Tibetan government-in-exile has appealed to the international community to intervene in a Chinese security crackdown in Tibet’s capital.

Eighty-one people have been detained and nearly 6,000 questioned in the past 11 days, Chinese state media reported.


The Tibetan Daily said the campaign in Lhasa was targeting criminals.

But the leaders-in-exile say they are concerned that China’s “hardline policies” may lead to a repeat of last year’s deadly anti-Chinese riots.

The centre of Lhasa has been under heavy security since last March, after peaceful protests turned violent following a military crackdown.

China said at least 18 people were killed during the unrest. Independent rights groups say about 200 people were killed and at least 1,000 are still missing.

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Chinese paramilitary policemen patrol past the Potala Palace ... 
Chinese paramilitary policemen march past the Potala Palace in Lhasa. China has launched a clampdown in the Tibetan capital, investigating thousands of people and detaining dozens, ahead of the anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan uprising, a rights group has said.(AFP/File/Teh Eng Koon)

China to mark defeat of Tibetan rebellion

January 19, 2009

Tibet‘s Communist Party-controlled legislature has voted to create a holiday to mark China‘s defeat of a pro-independence uprising 50 years ago in the Himalayan region, calling it a day of liberation from feudalism, state media reported Monday.

By TINI TRAN, Associated Press Writer

The 382 legislators attending the session unanimously voted to designate March 28 as “Serf Liberation Day,” the official Xinhua News Agency said, citing Legqog, director of the Standing Committee of the Tibetan Autonomous Regional People’s Congress. Like many Tibetans, Legqog uses a single name.

The politically sensitive date marks the flight of Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, into exile in India as Chinese troops attacked in March 1959. On March 28 of that year, Beijing announced the dissolution of the Tibetan government and the establishment of the Tibet Autonomous Region under Communist rule.

China says Tibet has always been part of its territory, while many Tibetans say their land was virtually independent for centuries.

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Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama speaks to the press ... 
Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama speaks to the press at the EU Parliament in Brussels. China lacks the moral authority, including over the question of Tibet, to be a true superpower, the Dalai Lama said in December 2008 during a European tour that has angered Beijing.(AFP/John Thys)

China: Redefining “Superpower” to Mean Economic and Military Strength Without Human Rights

January 2, 2009

Human rights abuses, kangaroo courts, poor safety standards and a seeminingly callous disregard for human life in China means that this great nation is redefining the word “superpower.”

The Dalai Lama, Tibet’s religious leader, pointed this out in Europe early in December 2008, but few paid much attention.

China lacks the moral authority, including over the question of Tibet, to be a true superpower, the Dalai Lama said. 

“Because of its very poor record on human rights and religious freedom and freedom of expression and freedom of the press — too much censorship — the image of China in the field of moral authority is very, very poor,” he said.

“The sensible Chinese realize China should now pay more attention in this field in order to get more respect from the rest of the world,” the Nobel peace laureate said.

Ever wonder why so many schoolchildren were killed in last year’s earthquakes in China?  The schools were built poorly, so poorly that they collapsed upon the first quake.  Many were poorly built because of goernment corruption: the builders paid communist officials to ignore poor building practices and shoddy materials.

Why does China have such a high number of deaths in mining?  Because mine safety standard are very weak and regulation and inspection is worse — where they exist at all.

So how does China hope to gain this superpower status?  By emulating the actions of a superpower, of course.

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Chinese ... 
In this photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Hu Jintao, center, Premier Wen Jiabao, 4th left, and other Chinese top leaders attend a New Year tea party hosted by the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009. From left are, Zhou Yongkang, Li Keqiang, Li Changchun, Wen, Hu, , Wu Bangguo, Jia Qinglin, Xi Jinping and He Guoqiang.(AP Photo/Xinhua, Liu Weibing)

China is expanding its military and has grown to own much of the U.S. in terms of property and wealth and American debt.

File photo shows Chinese amphibious tanks and marines storming ...
China proving here it is a superpower and master of Taiwan.  File photo shows Chinese amphibious tanks and marines storming a beachhead in an amphibious assault drill in China’s Shandong Peninsula. (AFP/Xinhua/File)But some of those “human rights” and “moral authority” issues discussed by the Dalai Lama are foreign and indecernable to the Chinese.

China’s recent poisoned milk scandal and the subsequent trial of  Tian Wenhua, chairwoman of the now-bankrupt Sanlu Group, are good examples.

Melamine is poisonous.  Sanlu put melamine into milk.  For the Chinese government, case closed.

Except in China, workers put melamine into all kinds of food products for years.

Melamine, which is poisonous to humans in great enough concentrations, had been routinely mixed into food products in China for years — and other similar tainted substances for decades. 

“Many companies buy melamine scrap to make animal feed, such as fish feed,” said Ji Denghui, general manager of the Fujian Sanming Dinghui Chemical Company, which sells melamine. “I don’t know if there’s a regulation on it. Probably not. No law or regulation says ‘don’t do it,’ so everyone’s doing it. The laws in China are like that, aren’t they? If there’s no accident, there won’t be any regulation.”

Ji Denghui made that statement in 2007 to New York Times reporters  David Barboza and Alexei Barrionuevo.

China is able to get away with this kind of callous disregard for truth, honesty and its own citizens because the government controls the media, the legal system, and everything else.  The people only “vote” for representatives selected by the communist government which works tirelessly to stay in power by keeping order — not by obeying the kinds of basic laws and rules for human dignity most Westerners would expect — and take for granted.

John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Soldiers of Chinese navy special force attend an anti-piracy ... 
Soldiers of Chinese navy special force attend an anti-piracy drill on the deck of DDG-171 Haikou destroyer in Sanya, Hainan province December 25, 2008 in this photo released by China’s official Xinhua News Agency. The fleet – two destroyers and a supply ship – would have about 800 crew, including 70 special operations troops and will join in the multi-national patrolling of the Gulf of Aden and waters off the coast of Somalia, the official Xinhua news agency said. Picture taken December 25, 2008. REUTERS/Xinhua/Cha Chunming

100-yuan notes are counted at a bank in Shanghai. The US Treasury ...


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2008: China Hoped Only For Olympic Glory; Wound Up with Chaos in Tibet, Earthquake, Troubles

December 28, 2008

The year 2008 promised China just one big event, but instead of one, the country got four.

2008 was meant to be all about the Beijing Olympics – the giant sports day that this country had been planning for more than a decade.

But in March came big event number one, and it had nothing to do with sport.

By James Reynolds
BBC News, Beijing

In the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, Tibetan monks demonstrated on the anniversary of the Dalai Lama’s escape into exile in 1959.

These protests escalated into the biggest disturbances in Tibet for more than 20 years.

The demonstrations brought into relief the profoundly different ways in which Tibet is seen by China and the West.

For China, Tibet is an inalienable part of the Chinese motherland which has been transformed from a medieval, feudal backwater into a more equal society.

For many in the West, the people of Tibet are occupied and oppressed by a hostile country which denies Tibetans the freedom of worship.

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China Cracks Down In Tibet, 59 Arrested, Police Confiscating “Forbidden Songs”

December 25, 2008

After almost a month of quiet, Chinese police have started a bloody crackdown in Tibet.

No violence was seen from Tibetans but China said it was a “crack down on the spreading of rumors.”

China and Tibet have been at odds since riotion roiled Tibet prior to last summer’s Beijing Olympics. 

In early December while on a trip to Europe, Tibet’s spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said that China lacks the moral authority, including over the question of Tibet, to be a true superpower.  Analysts tell Peace and Freedom that Chinese officials have been trying to find a way to punish Tibet since.


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Chinese authorities have arrested 59 people in Tibet accused of spreading rumors and inciting sentiment against the state and public safety, state-run media reported.

Xin Yuanming, deputy director of the Lhasa City Public Security Bureau, announced the arrests Tuesday, saying police had uncovered 48 cases of planning and instigating violence against authorities in Tibet, Xinhua news agency reported Thursday.

The Public Security Bureau deployed a group of 108 police officers to “crack down on the spreading of rumors,” Xinhua said.

It was not clear when the arrests took place.

The special police unit also works to crack down on illegal downloads from the Internet and the dissemination of reactionary songs electronically.

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The police have detained 59 people in Tibet on charges that they sought to foment unrest by spreading ethnic hatred and by downloading and selling banned songs from the Internet, Chinese state media reported Thursday.

The detainees, none of whom were identified, are accused of acting at the behest of the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader whom the government blames for encouraging separatist sentiment in heavily Tibetan areas.

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama speaks to the press ... 
Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama speaks to the press at the EU Parliament in Brussels. China lacks the moral authority, including over the question of Tibet, to be a true superpower, the Dalai Lama has said, angering Beijing.(AFP/John Thys)

By Andrew Jacobs
The New York Times

Since Dec. 4, public security officials have been sweeping the markets of Lhasa looking for compact discs that contain “reactionary songs,” according to the China News Service. Those who distribute such songs, the report said, “hope to spark violence and damage Lhasa’s political stability.” Lhasa is the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China.

Although news reports did not say whether the detainees were formally arrested and charged, they are accused of threatening national security by advocating for an independent Tibet and by expressing disdain for the ethnic Han migrants who now dominate commerce in Lhasa and other Tibetan cities.

Such Han residents were the primary target of rioting last March that left at least 21 people dead and traumatized Beijing. “These rumormongers,” according to the Web site, “seriously undermine the image of the party and the government and harm the public’s sense of security.”

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French embassy in Beijing ‘under cyber-attack’ after Nicolas Sarkozy meeting with Dalai Lama

December 11, 2008

The website of the French embassy in Beijing has apparently come under cyber-attack after President Nicolas Sarkozy outraged the Chinese government by meeting the Dalai Lama.

By Richard Spencer
The Telegraph (UK)

French embassy in Bejing 'under cyber-attack' after Nicolas Sarkozy meeting with Dalai Lama

France has gone into diplomatic overdrive since Mr Sarkozy’s meeting with the Dalai Lama to soothe China’s hurt feelings Photo: AFP

The authorities in Beijing issued a stern denunciation of the meeting last week, cancelled an EU-China summit and said trade with France might suffer.

A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry rejected any suggestion that the Chinese government might approve of the cyber-attack, reported to have made the embassy’s website inaccessible for several days.

“From the perspective of the Chinese government, China is against the hacking of the websites of the embassies of other nations,” its spokesman, Liu Jianchao, said.

“We have not seen any questions or concerns raised by France.”

Nevertheless, relations between China and France remain at a low.

France has gone into diplomatic overdrive since the meeting to soothe China’s hurt feelings.

Mr Sarkozy called China “one of the greats of the world” on Monday and stressed he supported “one China”.

On Tuesday, his foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, who was appointed in part due to his work on human rights, weighed in.

“We did not want to cause offence to China, to the Chinese people or to Chinese leaders,” he told a French parliamentary committee.

The cyber-attack is believed to have taken the form of mass attempts to access the site simultaneously, largely at night, disabling the system.

There are numerous informal hacking groups in China, some of which are believed to operate for nationalistic purposes, including attempts to access Pentagon and European defence ministry websites.

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France’s Sarkozy meets Dalai Lama as China fumes

December 7, 2008

In a move which has China fuming, French President Nicolas Sarkozy met with Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama Saturday at a gathering of Nobel Peace Prize laureates in Gdansk, Poland.

“The Dalai Lama confirmed what I already knew, that he will not demand independence for Tibet and I told him how important I thought it was to pursue dialogue between the Dalai Lama and Chinese authorities,” Sarkozy said after their meeting.

“The Dalai Lama also told me of his concerns over Tibet,” Sarkozy said, adding that the 73-year-old “indicated how much he supported my visit to Beijing for the Olympic Games” opening ceremony. The president’s decision to travel in August inflamed France‘s political opposition and human rights campaigners.

Sarkozy is the only European head of state to meet the Dalai Lama while holding the EU’s rotating presidency.


French President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) is welcomed by the Dalai ... 
French President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) is welcomed by the Dalai Lama in Gdansk, Poland. In a move which has China fuming, Sarkozy met with Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama Saturday at a gathering of Nobel Peace Prize laureates in Gdansk, Poland.(AFP/POOL/Eric Feferberg)

“I am free as the French president and the EU president, I have values and convictions. Let’s not make things tense, the world doesn’t need it and it doesn’t correspond to reality,” Sarkozy added.

Addressing China’s outrage over his move to meet the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, Sarkozy said: “One must approach this calmly.

“The world needs an open China that participates in global governance. China needs a powerful Europe that gives work to Chinese enterprise,” he said.

The French leader’s decision to go ahead with the meeting has so far seen Beijing retaliate by scrapping a China-EU summit in France and warning multi-billion-dollar bilateral China-France trade deals could suffer.

Photo by Gerard Cerles  / Reuters

“We have not noticed any kind of start of a boycott of our products,” a French presidential official told AFP Saturday.

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Dalai Lama: China Unfit To Be Superpower

Why Can’t France, Sarkozy Get International Respect?
“because France has repeatedly shown itself to be the weak link in Europe by knuckling under to pressure when other nations push China back.”