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Don't meddle with Chinese sovereignty

PUBLISHED : Monday, 31 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 31 March, 2008, 12:00am

With the Kuomintang's candidate, Ma Ying-jeou, winning the Taiwan presidential election, heralding the prospect of rapid rapprochement across the Taiwan Strait, Beijing can now relax a little, and start focusing on the Tibet issue.

The violent protests of Tibetan separatists seem to have subsided, but international pressure on the Chinese government is still mounting.

Most Chinese people feel hurt, because international coverage of the incident and the comments have been so biased. Tibet has been part of China for a thousand years; all the facts are there. Why is the western media so oblivious to them?

The Chinese government gives preferential treatment to minorities, including Tibetans. Han Chinese can only have one child; all minorities can have more.

Minorities occupy the majority of seats in the governments of the autonomous regions, and billions of yuan has been poured into these areas to promote development. Meticulous care has been taken to conserve minority culture. And, despite this, the Han Chinese never complain.

Go to the internet. The western media is very keen on citizen journalism - which, in this digital age, involves the use of cameras and video-recording functions built into mobile phones; these are everywhere. Yet, can you find any evidence of the Chinese using excessive force in handling the orchestrated violent protests in Tibet and neighbouring regions?

The truth is that there is none, and some western media, for example CNN, the BBC and the Berliner Morgenpost in Germany, resorted to blatant distortion in their coverage.

It now seems that there is no use trying to appease the diehard China-bashers, because there are so many of them in the west. For a while, the Chinese government held the somewhat simplistic notion that if it tackled the pollution problem, the world would let China hold the Beijing Olympics as the country's grand coming out party.

Now, there are some who are bent on using our desire to make this event a success to extract various concessions.

It seems that the more we obsess about the Olympics being a success, the more vulnerable the country is to international political extortion. Some people want China to pay a hefty price in exchange for its dignity and pride.

What these people do not realise is that if we were to let Tibet become independent, China would fragment into pieces. Such a development would be very bad for China, and it would be extremely dangerous for the rest of the world.

Just imagine 1.3 billion hungry and angry Chinese roaming the Earth like locusts. On top of that, there would be too many wars and deaths for the world to handle.

These people should never try to maliciously sink China, because the world would, inevitably, go down with it. We have to tell the rest of the world this plain truth. China has proved itself in many areas; it is now a country to reckon with. It no longer needs to employ this year's Olympic Games to make a grand entry on the world stage.

China can, at most, try its best to be a good host; the success of the Games is everyone's responsibility, especially the member countries of the International Olympic Committee.

It is also the responsibility of these countries, and China, to defend the spirit and dignity of the Olympics. This is not the sole property of China, which simply does not have the power to do it on its own.

With this more rational attitude, China would be free from some of its worries, enabling it to go about doing what really needs to be done, for the benefit of the country and the entire world.

Lau Nai-keung is a member of the Basic Law Committee of the National People's Congress Standing Committee and a member of the Commission on Strategic Development


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