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Caucus Brief: China Protests U.S. Comments on Tibet, Says 'Disgusting'
Posted by The Congressional China Caucus | December 07, 2012
CHINA PROTESTS U.S. COMMENTS ON TIBET, SAYS ‘DISGUSTING.’  Reuters reports that China’s Foreign Ministry lambasted the U.S. for ‘disgusting’ comments made by a U.S. official on the human rights situation in Tibet, saying it had prompted a formal diplomatic complaint with Washington.  From the piece: “Maria Otero, United States Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, said in a statement on Wednesday that tensions in Tibetan areas, including self-immolations, had been exacerbated by tough Chinese policies and controls.  Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei, using unusually harsh language, said the Tibet issue had nothing to do with human rights, ethnicity or religion.  ‘It is an important issue of principle which relates to China's unity and territorial integrity. China resolutely opposes any country or person using any means to interfere in China's internal affairs,’ he told a daily news briefing.  Ninety-two Tibetans have set themselves on fire to protest Chinese rule since 2009, with at least 75 dying from their injuries. The number of self-immolation cases have increased this year, with 28 alone in November.”  http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/07/us-china-usa-tibet-idUSBRE8B609B20121207

NOBEL LITERATURE WINNER SKIRTS SUPPORT FOR DISSIDENT.
  According to the WSJ, Nobel literature prize winner Mo Yan dodged requests Thursday to repeat comments supportive of Chinese countrymen and jailed dissident Liu Xiabao.  From the piece: “Mo Yan, real name Guan Moye, repeatedly skirted calls to reiterate comments made at an October news conference in China when he said he hoped 2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, who is serving an 11-year jail sentence for advocating democratic reforms, would be freed soon… Mo Yan's measured comments illustrate the balance he seeks to strike between not overtly criticizing Chinese authorities and addressing criticism that he has been too cautious in standing up for freedom of speech.  China heralded his win as an indication of the country's growing clout. Plans are under way to spend millions of dollars on a theme park around the writer's old home in Gaomi in Shandong province, marking a contrast with Beijing's treatment of Mr. Liu, whose 2010 Nobel Peace Prize win prompted protests from the government.”  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324640104578163291274526774.html

CHINA’S NEW BOSS XI HITS NATIONALIST NOTE WITH TALK OF ‘REVIVAL.’
  Reuters reports that in his first three weeks as China’s Communist Party boss, Xi Jinping has shown himself to be more confident, direct and relaxed than his predecessor – but also quick to invoke nationalistic themes to win public support.  From the piece: “He has at least twice spoken publicly, and in heroic terms, about national ‘rejuvenation’ and the ‘revival of the Chinese nation.’ The phrase has been uttered by all of Xi's predecessors as party boss, but his frequent usage so early in his tenure is intended to ‘create cohesion’ through nationalism, said Li Weidong, a political commentator and former magazine editor.  Political observers say the language Xi has used is mainly intended for domestic political consumption, but it has come at an awkward time for China internationally: tensions with its neighbors in the South and East China Seas have increased since Xi became general secretary of the Communist Party last month.”  http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/06/us-china-xi-idUSBRE8B51E620121206

WILL CHINA’S COMMUNIST PARTY STILL BE RULING THE COUNTRY IN 2030?
  http://www.economist.com/what-the-world-thinks/will-chinas-communist-party-still-be-ruling-country-2030

CHINA’S AIR FORCE HOLDS LARGE-SCALE DRILL AMID TENSIONS WITH NEIGHBORS.
  According to Fox News and the AP, China says its air force has staged one of its largest-ever drills amid heightened tensions with Japan and its southern neighbors over territorial claims.  From the piece: “State media said Friday that the air combat exercises involving more than 100 pilots were held over 11 days last month in the vast northwestern region of Xinjiang. Aircraft taking part included China's most modern jet fighters, the J-10 and J-11, according to the website of the Communist Party newspaper People's Daily.  While the exercises were being held, China's navy for the first time launched and recovered aircraft from the country's first aircraft carrier.”  http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/12/07/china-air-force-holds-large-scale-drill-amid-tensions-with-japan-south-china/

CHINA JUST SNUBBED NORWAY IN THE MOST PETTY WAY POSSIBLE.
  http://www.businessinsider.com/china-snubs-norway-with-visas-2012-12

SOUTH CHINA SEA: GOING TO GET WORSE BEFORE IT (MIGHT) GETS BETTER.
  A piece by Joshua Kurlantzick, published by CFR, argues that in the new year, the tensions between China and its neighbors in the South China Sea will likely get even worse.  One reason from the piece: “A new Chinese leadership is unlikely to want to show any weakness. With the leadership of this generation even more split than in the past, following a contentious Party Congress, continued infighting among acolytes of the major Chinese leaders, and the Bo Xilai fiasco, the new leadership is in no position, with Party members and the general educated public, to give any room on a contentious issue like the South China Sea.”  http://blogs.cfr.org/asia/2012/12/06/south-china-sea-going-to-get-worse-before-it-might-gets-better/

CHINA TO FLATTEN 700 MOUNTAINS FOR NEW METROPOLIS IN THE DESERT.
  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/06/china-flatten-mountain-lanzhou-new-area

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