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Jiang exposed in Vancouver
- Subject: Jiang exposed in Vancouver
- From: cd@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Sat, 29 Nov 1997 23:46:00
If you were not there, -or even if you were, read this. Slorc's China
Jiang laughs at all of us (CS)
> Calgary Sun
> November 27, 1997
> By JOE WARMINGTON -- Calgary Sun There was laughter at the Palliser Hotel
> yesterday as Chinese President Jiang Zemin was `white hatted' in perhaps
> the shortest ceremony in Calgary history.
> It was probably fitting they left the `Yahoo' part out. On a day with so
> much laughter, I thought it was amusing how a few minutes after being all
> smiles, Jiang turned his head away as I asked him about his new hat. How
> dare I ask him a question was the look he gave me. Granted there's a
> language barrier here, but most world leaders would have said something
> I was waiting for the tank to run me over. A few steps later, I found out
> what Jiang finds funny. As a crowd protested Tibet and Tiananmen Square,
> Jiang merely smiled. But once in the backseat, I saw how he really felt. He
> was laughing again. He sure can turn it on and off.
> I suspect he was probably also laughing at Canada. What a country, he must
> have been thinking. Imagine a guy with such heinous human rights violations
> in his past and we are bestowing him with our highest honor?
> The white hatting didn't go over well with many people. At the mayor's
> office later, Ald. Barry Erskine stuck his head in and asked: "Did the
> Chinese leader get white hatted today?"
> "Yes," said a mayor's assistant. Erskine shook his head in disgust. "That's
> going way too far," he said, noting the honor is supposed to be for the
> "good guys." He's right.
> Ald. John Schmal said while he believes a reception is necessary for such a
> figure, the white hatting wasn't. He's also right. Maybe they should have
> given him a black hat. But before we dump over Mayor Al Duerr -- who has
> never hidden the fact that he's pro-China and still won three terms -- it
> must be said the white hatting is just the latest in a series of sellouts
> going on for years.
> I don't like it, I wouldn't have done it, but I realize the damage was done
> a long time ago when we didn't stand up to the Beijing Butchers in 1989.
> Our political leaders then, and now, are gutless opportunist.
> I think it's time we look at ourselves. I just wish we as a North American
> society would admit the truth that we don't collectively care about human
> rights in this world -- especially when a buck is at stake. We don't
> collectively care about a lot of things. Just look at all the compromises
> we make with our environment. The truth is we only care about money.
> If we as a world were really serious about protesting the Tiananmen
> slaughter or what happened in Tibet, we would have made our mark then --
> and I'm not talking about holding off on a white hat. I am talking about no
> further trade with China. That's the statement.
> Jiang also laughs because he knows many of the protesters were wearing
> Chinese products, made by people whom we would consider slaves. Check the
> tag of your shirt. Where was it made? The one I'm wearing says "Made in
> China." I wish I wasn't but I was wearing it at the time I spoke to him.
> White hat or no white hat we are all part of the problem when it comes to
> stopping human rights violations. If we really wanted to change things,
> we'd have to purchase no products from China, have no diplomatic dealings
> and charge its leaders with crimes against humanity to be tried before the
> world court in The Hague.
> What's that I hear? Is that Jiang laughing again
> 2.Jiang and the restless (CS)--
> November 27, 1997
> In a day of pomp and protest, hundreds of demonstrators jeered Chinese
> President Jiang Zemin, who lunched with the governor general, dined with
> the premier and received the coveted white cowboy hat.
> "This is a golden time for China and Alberta to build on their work and
> achievements together," Premier Ralph Klein told Jiang in a pre-dinner
> speech and toast at the chandelier-lit banquet room of the downtown
> McDougall Centre last night.
> But yesterday's reception for Jiang -- who is making his first trip to
> Canada since assuming power in 1993 -- was now always glittering. Two
> protesters and a striking postal worker were taken into custody by police
> after clashing with officers outside the Palliser Hotel.
> Jiang, his wife Wang Yeping and 80-member entourage dined on pheasant with
> Governor General Romeo LeBlanc and he was later white hatted and made an
> honorary Calgarian by Mayor Al Duerr.
> Jiang told 100 business and political leaders he wants to improve relations
> between the two countries in the new millennium.
> Outside, about 75 protesters shouted at Jiang as he entered the hotel,
> criticizing his country's crackdown on human rights and their forced
> occupation of Tibet.
> Demonstrator Stuart Hughes, 31, was arrested after unplugging concrete
> sawing equipment because he said the sound and dust were interfering with
> the protest.
> Paul Armstrong, 49, and postal worker Joan Thompson, 31, were charged with
> obstructing police for allegedly trying to stop the arrest of Hughes.
> "It's hilarious," Hughes said later. "While (Jiang) was stuffing himself
> with beef I was sitting in a cell, as a taxpayer, for no reason."
> After the Palliser, Jiang was off to Banff. Tourists and locals gaped as
> his motorcade drove through Tunnel Mountain, went sightseeing on Sulphur
> Mountain and stopped for tea and photos at the Banff Springs Hotel. When he
> was asked to comment on the human rights demonstrations in Calgary, Jiang
> "Thank you, we're tourists." Jiang's dinner with Klein began at 7:20 p.m.,
> with both being shouted at by 200-plus placard-waving protesters when the
> premier went down the red carpet to greet Jiang's car in front of the
> McDougall Centre.
> "Shame on Ralph! Shame on Ralph!" they chanted while a cordon of cops kept
> them 30 metres away.
> "Human rights before business!" said another. "Free Tibet!" shouted a
> third. The premier and Jiang ignored them, shaking hands and chatted
> amiably as they walked into the centre.
> The protesters were vocal but behaved. No arrests were reported at the
> night protest.
> Nima Dorjee, president of the Canada Tibet committee, said the protesters
> had a duty to make their presence felt. "If our government discussed human
> rights at these meetings, there would be no need to protest," he said.
> Inside the banquet room, the two leaders toasted one another. "Despite the
> cold winter climate, we feel at home," Jiang said through an interpreter to
> the dozens of guests.
> "All these exchanges have vigorously enhanced co-operation and progress
> between Alberta and China."
> Ralph replied that Alberta -- which exported $630 million to China last
> year -- hopes to continue the relationship. "We follow your progress and
> evolution on all fronts with great interest." he said.
> Klein has done his best to foster Alberta's relationship with the Communist
> country -- going as far as to tell Canadians during a visit to China in
> October they shouldn't dwell on the country's violent suppression of
> pro-democracy demonstrations eight years ago. "If you want to keep living
> and reliving those events, then I guess nothing will be accomplished,"
> Klein said, referring to the Chinese government's June 1989 order to shoot
> supporters of student-led demonstrations in Tiananmen Square.
> Jiang stopped in Calgary after attending the Asia Pacific Economic
> Co-operation meeting in Vancouver.
On the Record For a Free Tibet (WP)
> Washington Post, November 26, 1997
> Album Review
> By Mark Jenkins Special to The Washington Post
> Richard Gere may be America's most conspicuous supporter of Tibetan
> self-determination, but few celebrities have done more for the cause than
> Beastie Boy Adam Yauch. The punky hip-hopper co-founded the Milrepa
> =46oundation, named after an 11th-century Tibetan saint, which raises
> consciousness and funds "for the struggle to free the peace-loving Tibetan
> nation," as a Milrepa press release puts it. That has meant organizing
> benefit concerts in San Francisco last year and in New York this year.
> (Yauch hopes next year's show will be in Washington.) This year's is
> documented on "Tibetan Freedom Concert" (Grand Royal/Capitol), a new
> three-CD set that also includes a few tracks from the 1996 performance.
> The lineup is some sort of testament -- either to the appeal of the cause
> or to Yauch's wide-ranging friendships. The participants include such
> "modern rock" exemplars as Radiohead, Sonic Youth, Porno for Pyros,
> Pavement, Blur, Bjork, Beck and Rage Against the Machine, as well as
> hip-hoppers A Tribe Called Quest, KRS-1 and the Fugees. Also featured are
> members of Pearl Jam, Oasis and R.E.M., and of course the Beastie Boys.
> Interspersed are the chants and songs of Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns,
> which may not be the album's selling point but seem most relevant.
> Each act is allotted only one song, and the emphasis is on the brooding,
> melancholy and abstract. The Foo Fighters' "This Is a Call," the Mighty
> Mighty Bosstones' "Noise Brigade" and Rancid's version of "The Harder They
> Come" are among the few frisky songs. An actual mention of Tibet seems to
> be a significant point in a track's favor: Patti Smith works a lament for
> the people of "the roof of the world" into her elegiac "About a Boy,"
> while Biz Markie leads a functional chant of "Free Tibet." Such gestures
> can fall short, however: De La Soul's "It's just me, myself, and I -- and
> Tibet being free" is underwhelming, and to hear Jon Spencer ooze, "When
> we're talking about freeing Tibet/ I think we're talking about . . .
> luvvvv" is to be reminded why so many people think pop and politics should
> never mingle.