Term Han Chinese just mendacious cant

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 11 January, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 11 January, 2001, 12:00am


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The full story of the five Tibetan nuns who were murdered in Drapchi Prison in May 1998 is only now emerging.

Details of what happened can be found at www.tibetinfo.net.

On May 1, 1998, for refusing to salute the communist Chinese flag, Drugkyi Pema, Tsultrim Zangmo, Lobsang Wangmo, Tashi Lhamo and Khedron Yonten were beaten, starved, forced to stand all day in the sun holding a piece of paper between their knees and tortured with electric shocks.

No one has been prosecuted for their murders, which occurred in their cells a few days later.

On a separate but related question, I object to the use of the term 'Han Chinese' in the Agence France- Presse report on the massacre of Muslims in Shandong province by members of the Chinese Communist Party's People's Armed Police (South China Morning Post, December 18). The term 'Han Chinese' is used in communist Chinese propaganda to suggest that there may be several types of Chinese of which 'Han' is just one.

This is complete rubbish, as the peoples whose lands the communist Chinese currently occupy, such as the Tibetans, Mongols and Uighurs, are no more Chinese than I am.

The use of the term 'Han Chinese' is a piece of mendacious cant, as are such terms as 'Qinghai' or 'enemy of China' when they are used to denote anyone who exposes the lies of the Chinese Communist Party and opposes its brutal tyranny.


Oxford, England