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Post time 2013-11-26 11:13:55 |Display all floors

Since when did Spain become the world's court? During the past 60 years , the population of Tibet has increased from 1.2 million to 3 million. Tibetans are always taking up more than 90%, Han Chinese less than 5%, and other minorities 5%. Can it be called genocide? Isn't it a despicable act?


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China expressed its strong displeasure Wednesday over a Spanish court's arrest orders for several former Chinese leaders including retired President Jiang Zemin in an investigation into alleged genocide in Tibet, and called the accusations leveled by pro-Tibetan groups "despicable."

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said during a regular briefing that Beijing firmly opposes the court's move. "We urge Spain to face up to China's solemn position, change the wrong decision, repair the severe damage, and refrain from sending wrong signals to the Tibetan-independence forces and hurting China-Spain relations," Hong said.

Acting on a universal justice principle, Spain's National Court on Tuesday accepted arguments from Spanish pro-Tibet rights groups that international reports indicate China's leaders may have had a role in alleged genocide in the Himalayan region and should be questioned. Such investigations in practice have been largely futile but have irked countries including China and Israel.

International human rights and pro-Tibetan groups have criticized Beijing for what they call oppressive policies in Tibetan regions, where more than 100 monks and laymen have self-immolated in protest of Beijing's rule. Beijing has argued that it has poured huge investments into the region to lift Tibetans out of poverty and accused exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama of inciting dissent to split Tibet from China.

Before the Spanish court issued the arrest orders, a senior official of a Chinese legislative advisory panel dismissed legal actions against China in a foreign court as "preposterous," in comments made last month but posted to a government-run news site on Tuesday.

"This is an absurd act, and those harboring the idea will only embarrass themselves," said Zhu Weiqun, director of the ethnicity and religion committee of the People's Political Consultative Conference, an advisory panel to China's legislature, in a transcript posted on the government-run Web site.

Zhu said that in the past Western countries threatened China with warships, but that now they cannot, so they try to intimidate Beijing with lawsuits.

On Wednesday, Hong leveled criticisms at pro-Tibet groups, saying they have made "false accusations through libel and defamation in a futile attempt to attack the Chinese government."

"This despicable act is doomed to fail," Hong said.

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Post time 2013-11-27 14:51:08 |Display all floors
They forgot about all about Basque separatists.
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Post time 2013-11-27 14:54:54 |Display all floors
They also forgot about who's occupying Gilbraltar.
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Post time 2013-11-28 03:51:46 |Display all floors
This post was edited by Ted180 at 2013-11-27 14:52

I can't work-up much concern about Tibetans or Basques. I'm an internationalist. All cultures will eventually meld together. And the sooner, the better!
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Post time 2013-11-28 03:55:16 |Display all floors
seneca Post time: 2013-11-27 11:46
The world has a conscience  een if China is singularly cold-hearted and hardnosed. We cannot forget  ...

Who ever said China is morally-superior? But, Seneca, there are so MANY of them, that we just HAVE to get along!
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Post time 2013-11-28 10:03:57 |Display all floors
This kind of indictment and conviction is totally symbolic. Now, Hu Jintao is convicted.  If China wants to do children play with Spain, Chinese court can indict and convict Spain King Carlo and Queen Sophia in return. Of course, China will not do that, because it will be childish.

It is very stupid for Spain which would allow its court to play this time-waiting game. Because the conviction of foreign leader will not go anywhere unless you invade the country and take out the leader or ex-leader, Like the US invaded Iraq and killed Saddam Hussein. But, US is not Spain and above all, China is not Iraq.

Therefore, who is the winner and who is the loser here:

The winner is Madrid-based Tibetan Support Committee,

The loser is Spanish court and especially Spain

Because China will return the favor diplomatically through unfavorable trade treatment and maybe certain sanction. Well, Spain maybe thinking they have strong economy and very low unemployment rate at home.

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Post time 2013-11-28 10:11:05 |Display all floors
I am not too surprised. Deep down the Western countries still retain the condescending attitude they have been holding over China, since the heyday of their colonialist power. None of them dare to touch GW Bush and Tony Blair for the documented human rights violation they did to the Iraqis people.

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