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Opinion of a Chinese Reader
Posted on: April 10, 2008
I read some articles about the link between Beijing Olympics and Tibet riots. I found this outrage ridiculous. Any person without a deep bias against China would see China’s government stopped the riots only after rioters exerted horrible violence and vandalism.
Innocent Han, Hui, and Tibetan people got killed. Five young girls were burnt to death in a shop. Bank branches, restaurants, shops, vehicles, and buildings were set on fire and looted. The situation got so severe that even the infamous LA riot is nothing compared to the scale of riots in Lhasa. Remind me what the U.S. government did facing the LA riot? Yeah, you are right. It cracked down. And if that's too distant a memory for you, I think you must remember how the French government crushed riots in France several years ago.
No government would allow riots to disturb the social stability and threaten the safety of lives and property. Please don't impose your double standard. Open your eyes and see what really happened in Tibet. How the western media responded to the Tibet riot has disillusioned a lot of young people. Some young people, like myself ten years ago, thought the west must be filled with idealism, democracy, prosperity and fairness. Well, if I have to put one adjective on how western media has reported the riot, the only word I can think of is "prejudice."
China riot police used the maximum restraint in dealing with the disgusting riots and the U.S. media still calls it bloody crackdown of PROTESTERS. In an American dictionary, "rioter" and "protester" are obviously 100-percent interchangeable. Some young men have summarized many reports from the western media. CNN covered portions of a picture and made it look like military vehicles were moving in and people were scared away. The covered part is actually a vivid display of many rioters throwing stones at military vehicles.
Remind me if there's anything ever happening like that in the U.S. Military vehicles were under the siege of rioters without firing back. It's unimaginable. But it happened in China. What kind of restraint do you guys expect? Let China get messed up and the social stability undermined? I do believe lots of westerners secretly root for that with all their biased reports and comments.
Some newspapers pushed bias and smearing to a new level by publishing pictures of Naples police beating demonstrators and indicating they were "Chinese police". Are you kidding me?
On the flip side, this is not necessarily a bad thing for China. It's actually a reminder that some western powers still hold animosity and bias against China, and they won't give China a fair shake. Especially when China is stronger and stronger and some of the western world is very anxious about that development from a strategic competitor's perspective. I guess our people need to discover that. This world is not an ideal one yet. It's still a jungle to some degree. And the western media's performance educated many Chinese people about this cold, hard fact over the past several days.
As to the western media's linking Beijing Olympics to politics, I guess it's a good thing too. As an enthusiastic supporter of Beijing Olympics, I have always hoped that the Olympic games would bridge China with the west and make each other better understood. Animosity won't help. Only cultural exchange and open minds will help. But you know what? If the west doesn't want to give up animosity, so be it. It's no big deal. The Olympics is just a party. It's an option, but not a necessity. The bottom line is that our sovereignty can't be compromised in any form. These two matters should not even be mentioned in the same sentence. We Chinese people have this consensus: the Olympics is nothing compared to our sovereignty and our land. China is big and strong enough to guarantee that.
Seriously, boycott of Olympics, if that ever happens, it will only help China. Chinese people will remember how their party was spoiled and hijacked. It's a free education how other people try to corner you and make you feel bad when you have nothing other than good will. Strangely, I like that scenario more and more now. Some boycotts from western royalties? So what?! We don't like them anyway. They remind me of the Opium War. Without them as VIP guests, I'd feel much better. Please stay away.
You know, I write this letter not really trying to persuade you. I'm a mountaineer and exploration media worker and often read webnews articles. From reading some of the western articles, I already learned that many are anti-China. It would be naive for me to try to change this deep-rooted bias. But I want to voice my strong opposition just so you know that Chinese people are not insensitive to the ridiculous bias against us. We know we need to improve our economic and political systems. But we'll make sure we won't let those foreign interests with a secret agenda influence us, and we won't allow any reforms in price of China sovereignty or national interests. WE'LL PROTECT OUR OWN INTERESTS IN ANY CASE.
A Chinese Reader
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