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China attacks Pelosi over Tibet remarks

March 23, 2008
By CARA ANNA, Associated Press Writer

CHENGDU, China – China attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Sunday for her recent meeting with the Dalai Lama, accusing her and other “human rights police” of double standards and ignoring the truth about the unrest in Tibet.

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, center, reacts on receiving a ...
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, center, reacts on receiving a souvenir from Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile Samdhong Rinpoche, right, as Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, left, gestures at a public reception at the Namgayal complex in Dharamsala, India, Friday, March 21, 2008. Pelosi, called on the world community Friday to denounce China in the wake of its crackdown in Tibet, calling the crisis ‘a challenge to the conscience of the world.’ (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan)

China also again accused the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, of orchestrating anti-government riots in Tibet and neighboring provinces this month in a bid to mar the Beijing Summer Olympics and overthrow the area’s communist leaders.

Pelosi’s visit to the Dalai Lama in Dharmsala, India, on Friday was the first by a major foreign official since the protests broke out. The Democratic leader said if people don’t speak out against China’s oppression in Tibet, “we have lost all moral authority to speak on behalf of human rights anywhere in the world.”

China’s official Xinhua New Agency published commentary Sunday accusing Pelosi of ignoring the violence caused by the Tibetan rioters.

“‘Human rights police’ like Pelosi are habitually bad tempered and ungenerous when it comes to China, refusing to check their facts and find out the truth of the case,” it said.

“Her views are like so many other politicians and western media. Beneath the double standards lies their intention to serve the interest groups behind them, who want to contain or smear China,” it said.

The Chinese government has sought to portray itself and Chinese businesses as the victims of the riots.

China’s reported death toll from the protests in the Tibetan capital Lhasa earlier this month is 22. Tibet’s exiled government says 99 Tibetans have been killed.

Xinhua said Sunday that 94 people had been injured in four counties and one city in Gansu province in riots on March 15-16. The report also said 19 rioters had surrendered in Gannan, a prefecture in Gansu, but it did not give any details.

China also again accused the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, of orchestrating anti-government riots in Tibet and neighboring provinces this month in a bid to mar the Beijing Summer Olympics and overthrow the area’s communist leaders.

Pelosi’s visit to the Dalai Lama in Dharmsala, India, on Friday was the first by a major foreign official since the protests broke out. The Democratic leader said if people don’t speak out against China’s oppression in Tibet, “we have lost all moral authority to speak on behalf of human rights anywhere in the world.”

China’s official Xinhua New Agency published commentary Sunday accusing Pelosi of ignoring the violence caused by the Tibetan rioters.

“‘Human rights police’ like Pelosi are habitually bad tempered and ungenerous when it comes to China, refusing to check their facts and find out the truth of the case,” it said.

“Her views are like so many other politicians and western media. Beneath the double standards lies their intention to serve the interest groups behind them, who want to contain or smear China,” it said.

The Chinese government has sought to portray itself and Chinese businesses as the victims of the riots.

China’s reported death toll from the protests in the Tibetan capital Lhasa earlier this month is 22. Tibet’s exiled government says 99 Tibetans have been killed.

Xinhua said Sunday that 94 people had been injured in four counties and one city in Gansu province in riots on March 15-16. The report also said 19 rioters had surrendered in Gannan, a prefecture in Gansu, but it did not give any details.

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Season’s first dust storm hits China

February 24, 2008

YUMEN CITY, China, Feb. 23 (UPI) — Visibility was reduced to about 1,300 feet when the first dust storm of the season struck Gansu Province in northwest China, it was reported Saturday.

The sky turned dark and yellow Friday afternoon when strong winds blew sand into Yumen City, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The sandstorm lasted into the evening, the report said.

The country’s northern regions are likely to experience more frequent and severe spring sandstorms than last year, the China Meteorological Administration said this week.