Friday, January 21, 2011

Hu, nudged on rights.

Hu's three days state visit to United State and his meeting with President Obama was hailed by Bejing as a "new chapter" in the Sino-US relationships. Whatever maybe the objective of President Hu's visit, China's rise as a world power  is well recognized by international communities and particulary the United State. Washington accorded the highest honour of warm receptions to the visiting guest with 21 gun solutes, a state dinner. But the US sides were determined to score points or deliver actions besides all the pageantry. A $ 45 billion us export deals were signed by the presidents. US president, congressmen, even reporters  all have nailed down China on human rights. For the first time Hu Jingtao was compelled to admit that "a lot needs to be done" on human in China.
President Obama  in his opening remark urged China to engage in further dialogues with the representatives of the Dalai lama,
 " And even as we, the United States, recognize that Tibet is part of the People's Republic of China, the United States continues to support further dialogue between the government of China and the representatives of the Dalai Lama to resolve concerns and differences, including the preservation of the religious and cultural identity of the Tibetan people."

ICT thanked President Obama for his courageous statement on the Sino-Tibetan diologue process. It quoted Special envoy Lodi- Gyari as expressing his "deep gratitude"
"The US-China summit has been a positive development for human rights and Tibet. President Obama's direct defense of the universality of human rights, and President Hu's admission that "a lot still needs to be done in China, in terms of human rights" demonstrate that human rights can be and indeed is an essential component in the U.S.-China relationship. We are looking forward to positive results from this exchange," said Mary Beth Markey, ICT President.

ICT wrote "It was noteworthy that two of the four questions at the Joint Press Conference dealt with human rights issues, a reflection of how pervasive human rights concerns are among the American public". In reality, the first questions on human rights, was ignored or missed by Hu. And the second question was followed by the foreign press.  The Chinese media wouldn't dare to ask anything on human rights. But the Chinese president lied in front of the world media, blaming the translations that resulted not hearing the first question. Which was obvious for all watcher and listeners.

Political ramification of the Sin-US summit:
"ICT believes that the strong human rights message coming out of this critical summit between the United States and China will reinforce the determination of other world leaders to raise Tibet and human rights issues, in both bilateral and multilateral forums, with China and other serious human rights violators."

Due credit should be given to STF and Regional TYC for their extraordinary protest with perseverance and patience for the entire three days of Hu's stay in D.C. The international media have give prominent coverage of the Tibetan protests, that includes Wallstreet Journal , Washington Post, and AP". Hu must have heard the Tibetan people's aspiration and Hu is made to think on the Tibet issue. That is thanks to the great effort of two Tibetan NGOs.  The D.C area Tibetans have also extended their support for the protest, by way of accommodations, food and logistics.
ICT stated in their release"The extraordinary outpouring of public support for Tibet was definitely heard in the White House, and ICT applauds all who came to Washington, D.C. to freely express their opinions and be a part of a dynamic exercise in democracy"..

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