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Taiwan independence groups to stage mass anti-China rally

October 25, 2008

TAIPEI (AFP) – Taiwan‘s pro-independence activists will take to the streets of Taipei on Saturday to protest against warming ties with China which they say threaten the sovereignty of the self-ruled island.

The rally, which is expected to draw half a million people according to organisers, would be the biggest protest since Beijing-friendly President Ma Ying-jeou took office in May.

Protesters will march under the banner “Opposing toxic products, defending sovereignty” to vent their anger at a planned visit by China’s top negotiator Chen Yunlin to the island next month.

Demonstrators are also demanding that Beijing apologise to Taiwan for selling milk and other products tainted with the industrial chemical melamine, which have sickened at least three children and one woman here.

“We hope Taiwanese people will join the rally to make their voices heard against the Ma government’s soft and weak stance on China,” said Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Former President Chen Shui-bian, who quit the opposition DPP after money laundering claims against him and his family surfaced earlier this year, is set to join the protest.

Some 4,600 police will be on duty in the capital during the event, set to begin at 2:00pm (0600 GMT), amid reported threats against Chen and Tsai, police said.

Police this week arrested a man for allegedly threatening to harm them, while Chen said he had received information of a separate death threat on him relating to his attendance at Saturday’s rally.

The DPP has accused Ma’s government of failing to stand up to China in the wake of the toxic Chinese milk scandal.

Relations with Beijing have improved since Ma came to power, and Chen Yunlin is due to hold talks with Taipei on establishing closer shipping and air cargo links.

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Chinese-Americans Call On CNN to Fire “Racial” Cafferty

April 19, 2008

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Chinese-Americans rallied outside CNN’s Hollywood office on Saturday to demand the firing of commentator Jack Cafferty for calling China‘s goods “junk” and its leaders a “bunch of goons and thugs.”

“We understand free speech,” Lake Wang, 39, told the Los Angeles Times. “But what if Cafferty said this about other racial groups? I think he would be fired. I think he’s jealous of China.”
A crowd estimated by police at 2,000 to 5,000 gathered, chanting “Cafferty, Fire,” and singing Chinese songs. The crowd was peaceful, and no arrests were made, police Sgt. David Torres said.

Another two dozen people holding Chinese flags also demonstrated outside CNN’s corporate headquarters in Atlanta.

A call to CNN representatives seeking comment was not immediately returned.

Cafferty made the comments during an appearance on “The Situation Room” that aired April 9.

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Jack Cafferty prepares for an appearance on CNN's 'The Situation ...
Jack Cafferty prepares for an appearance on CNN’s ‘The Situation Room,’ Wednesday, June 21, 2006, at CNN’s New York headquarters. China on Thursday April 17, 2008 snubbed an apology from CNN over remarks by one Cafferty as a wave of verbal assaults on foreign media raised concerns over coverage at this summer’s Beijing Olympics. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu rejected CNN’s explanation that commentator Jack Cafferty was referring to China’s leaders — not the Chinese people — when he described them as ‘goons and thugs.’ CNN said it apologized to anyone who thought otherwise.(AP Photo/Kathy Willens, FILE)

For India, Tibet Poses Some Delicate Issues

April 2, 2008

 By Rama Lakshmi

Washington Post Foreign Service
Wednesday, April 2, 2008; Page A09

NEW DELHI, April 1 — Angry Tibetans in India chanted all kinds of anti-China slogans last month when they gathered to protest the crackdown in their homeland. But one chant, in particular, seemed to be an ominous warning to the government in New Delhi: “China-India brotherhood is a Chinese deception!” the Tibetans shouted.

The chant was an expression of anger over India’s burgeoning diplomatic and economic ties with China. But it also reflected the contradictions in the Indian government’s policy as it tries to ensure free speech for its sizable ethnic Tibetan population while also maintaining a fragile partnership with its powerful neighbor.

India enjoys a trading relationship with China expected to be worth $40 billion this year. At the same time, it hosts the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, his exile government and his followers. Authorities in Beijing have accused the Dalai Lama of fomenting the recent Tibet protests.

“It is a difficult position for India,” said Kanwal Sibal, a former Indian foreign secretary. “We gave asylum to the Dalai Lama and his followers on the condition that they would not conduct political activities on Indian soil. But the Tibetan government-in-exile is run from here.

“We have to weigh the costs of extending support to the Tibetans in a demonstrative way in the current situation against damaging our ties with China,” he said.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, India’s current foreign minister, Pranab Mukherjee, said that the Dalai Lama was a “respected guest” and that India would continue to offer him hospitality. But the Dalai Lama should not do anything that could have a “negative impact on Indo-Sino relations,” Mukherjee warned.

India is home to about….

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Vietnam: Anti-China Rallies Worry Beijing

December 18, 2007

By Tham Choy Lin

BEIJING, Dec 18 (Bernama) — China on Tuesday renewed its call to Vietnam to stop anti-China demonstrations after protests took place in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city for a second straight weekend.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said the protests were not conducive and had damaged ties between the two countries.

“China follows that closely and we hope the Vietnamese government can take effective measures to prevent a recurrence of such incidents so as to maintain overall China-Vietnam relations,” he told a regular news conference.

He said China and Vietnam had disputes in the South China Sea but it should be properly resolved through friendly consultations.

The two sides should have the obligation and responsibility to safeguard the stability of the region and general picture of bilateral ties, he said.

The protests started following China’s plans to set up a county-level administration to manage the affairs of three chains of islands in the South China Sea including Paracel and Spratly islands.

China, Vietnam and Taiwan have claims to the Paracels while the Spratlys are wholly or partly claimed by three more countries, Malaysian, Brunei and the Philippines.

Referring to the Paracels and Spratlys as Xisha and Nansha, Qin Gang said China had indisputable sovereignty and activities conducted by China on the islands were consistent within its territory.