Secretary of State Lorne Craner is headed to Xinjiang after a couple
of "very productive" days chatting with Chinese Human
Rights counterparts. Craner plans on investigating alleged reports
of abuse and oppression by Chinese authorities following the US
announcement that the East Turkestan Islamic Movement was a band
of no-good terrorists (possibly) funded by Bin Laden himself.
course, oppression prior to the addition of the East Turkestan group
does not come into play. The US delegation is merely setting the
record straight: No, it was not a scratch-my-back-I'll-scratch-yours
affair following 9/11.
talks culminated in Beijing promising to allow UN monitors to enter
China and make sure egregious acts of religious persecution or other
acts of arbitrary torture aren't taking place. Crane seemed pleased.
Of course, no comparison was made to the Chinese promise to halt
weapons sales following the vilification of ETIM. Or to the Chinese
promise to open all sorts of doors following WTO.
matter how much evidence pops up linking Chinese companies to international
arms sales and various missile development programs, ties between
the US and the PRC remain on track. The two major reasons for this
is currently quite neutral concerning the international aspect of
the War on Terror, and the US government likes that. China is also
the world's economic golden child, which US companies enjoy. China's
neutrality is so important to US war plans that the Bush Administration
is willing to let N. Korea flaunt whatever nuclear capabilities
it may have and instead focus on vague "material breaches"
by the Iraqis.
plans for a National Missile Defense and Japan's interest in researching
and developing NMD as well will guarantee continued arms sales to
"rogue" states by the Chinese. Selling weapons to US targets
in the War on Terror is one way China can rectify any imbalance
created by an NMD, regardless of how ineffective the missile shield
may be. The difference between the Superpower and the Contender
is the ability to state unequivocally: We are developing the NMD,
as opposed to signing various declarations, and issuing various
statements vowing to do one thing, while doing the other.
Human Rights delegation also displays confidence and power in heading
for Xinjiang and announcing that the trip is meant to alleviate
excess oppression. And the Chinese delegation follows suit by guiding
the Americans to peaceful areas of the region populated by well-fed
China-loving Uighers and declaring that the UN can stop by any time.
these two teams of fools and liars head West, the Internet crackdown
reaches new heights. Authors, activists and chatters find themselves
in jail (or worse) with their families wondering what happened.
Small netbars, hoping to escape the authorities are being closed
down. The one I frequent used to have splendid access, now it's
impossible to sit still while "Cannot Display" screens
pop up left and right. Coincidence? Regulations announced last August
are slowly making their way to the Provinces and the back-alleys
of those Provinces. I fully expect to see my netbar replaced with
a perfectly legal massage parlor before the year is out.
what makes me giggle in my sleep are the stories of foreign businessmen
arriving in China hoping to take advantage of the Wild West atmosphere
only to be stripped of cash and shoes by bribe-taking politicians,
scamming partners and various other grinning pockets along the way.
Whatever laws and policies the government claims to have enacted
are a joke on the ground – ask anyone who lives here – and no South
China Morning Post advice column will help the intrepid entrepreneur
make the millions he expected in this "land of milk and honey."
course, if you're Ford or BMW, the picture looks rosier – you have
enough money to survive the gauntlet of pockets.
these days of bright lies swallowed by the masses along with a burger
and fries, the only truth is that I lost big money betting on Yao
Ming to flop in the NBA. Simple pleasures on the morning of a war.
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