China’s meddling in our internal affairs

On Friday, March 12, 2010, in Recent, by Todd Stein

Amidst all the bluster and assertiveness coming from the Chinese Foreign Ministry these days, we sometime forget to appreciate their sense of humor. At least the unintentional kind.

It has become custom for some state and local officials to declare March 10 as “Tibet Day” to commemorate this important anniversary. This year was no exception, with proclamations or resolutions being approved by the Wisconsin State Assembly, the Governor of Wisconsin, and the Cities of St. Paul, Minneapolis and Portland, Ore. (there may be more – let us know).

But there’s nothing like a little exercise in home-town democracy and free speech to help a Chinese consular official justify his paycheck.  Tibetan-American friends in each of these locations have reported that Chinese diplomats deployed swiftly to intervene in the internal affairs of each of these jurisdictions to insist that the “Tibet Day” declarations be shelved, citing harm to U.S.-China relations.

Here’s the punch line:

In a letter to one of these jurisdictions, Ping Huang, the Consul General based in Chicago, argued that “Tibet Day” constituted meddling in his country’s internal affairs:

“China is resolutely opposed to the interference in China’s internal affairs by any country in any form. As such, the passing [of the declaration] is quite unfortunate and unacceptable to the Chinese side.”

Not sure what the best aphorism is here. Do as we say, not as we do? Fight fire with fire (while opposing fire as a universal principle)? In any case, one figures that the Consul General is smart enough to recognize the hypocrisy in his appointed task. Maybe even humorous enough to laugh at it.

IMAGE: A copy of the Proclamation signed by the Mayor of Minneapolis declaring March 10, 2010 to be Tibet Day.

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7 Responses to “China’s meddling in our internal affairs”

  1. [...] the city council’s declaration of a “Tibet Awareness Day.” That same month, the Chinese Counsul General in Chicago wrote  the President of the Wisconsin State Senate that a Tibet resolution had caused “damage to [...]

  2. John Millane says:

    Since The Korean War, we have seen Chinese agression, millions murdered in cold blood,Tibet invaded without consent of The Tibet Government, millions killed both by their failed five year plan for agriculture, torture and inhuman treatment. Even its own people killed in Tianming square for daring to want democracy…!The Murders during the Red Guards movement..! Chinese execute over 100,000 of its own people every year in prisions, their organs going to Hong Kong for illegal sale.The supresion of Falin Gong Religious movement. China has hacked into USA sensitev computers to glean information..and all this from a country that claims it does not like interference in internal affairs….!

  3. Michael D. Clarke says:

    When I was in Tibet in 1995 I saw for myself
    how the Tibetans hated the Chinese. I saw arrogant behavior by Chinese authorities
    in the Ganden monastrey & at Shigatse. I also saw the damage done to Tibetan buildings in Lhasa.
    I am disgusted with Chinese insulting of the
    Dalai Lama. The question of Tibet “always”
    being part of China is dealt with by Hugh
    Richardson in his book “Tibet & its History”

  4. Donald Springer says:

    I note that the only comment indicating
    “internal meddling” in China was authored
    by a Chinese person.
    We need more of this “meddling” into this
    militaristic, arrogant government’s posture.
    We all need to have our “TIBET DAY.”

  5. Raphael Montoliu says:

    China has no business being in Tibet, never had, never will. China is an arrogant, brutal, ruthless, oppressive aggressor, which uses the same tactics of cultural genocide, of acculturation of the Tibetan people as those of any 19th century imperialist/colonial power, including the destruction of language, culture, religion and deliberately causing the Tibetans to become a minority on their own land, while stealing their natural resources.

  6. Tim Ramsay says:

    Since, the Dalai Lama’s message is just going to greater and greater, it would be in China’s interest to let him back to Lhasa, to bring in a better day of cooperation.
    Thank you,

  7. Tibet Day is internal meddling in China’s affairs, hence Chinese speaking out about it. After all, all world maps were changed in 1965 to correct this new public reality.

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