The China–North Korea–Iran Nuclear Triangle-This Is A REAL Worry; Shows China are Liars, dishonest, and has no Ethics, Morals or Scruples!

Sankei Shimbun, the conservative Japanese newspaper, reported on Sunday that North Korea is planning to use five Chinese businessmen to smuggle equipment to Iran for use in its nuclear and missile programs. According to an unnamed source, an Iranian delegation, including senior officials from the Ministry of Intelligence and National Security, visited the North last month to help plan the transfers. 

The five Chinese intermediaries are located in Hunchun, near the North Korean border, and Beijing. Pyongyang and Tehran have been planning to use the intermediaries to minimize travel between them as a means of avoiding detection by international weapons inspectors and Western intelligence agencies.

Both Beijing and Tehran have denied similar allegations. Yet whether this particular Sankei report is true, China has facilitated nuclear transfers of technology to the two states, both directly and through Pakistan.

All four nations have uranium enrichment programs that are based on China’s technology. That’s no coincidence because Beijing covertly transferred the technology to Pakistan beginning in 1974 in a now well-documented cooperation.

Later, Dr. A. Q. Khan, the “father of Pakistan’s bomb,” merchandised that technology to the two other states. Khan’s dealings with North Korea began sometime in the early 1990s. Islamabad and Pyongyang, for instance, had entered into a nukes-for-missiles deal with “Pakistani” enrichment technology heading to North Korea and North Korean missiles going to Pakistan. Pakistani air force planes involved in transferring items covered by this arrangement—including centrifuges used to enrich uranium to weapons-grade purity—refueled at a military base in Lanzhou, in central China, on their way to and from North Korea in 2002.

It is inconceivable that Beijing was unaware that its two closest allies were trading one of its most sensitive technologies and using its own military facilities to complete the exchange. Since 2002, the United States has sanctioned Chinese companies for transferring to the North items useful in a uranium-weapons program. Scruples

With regard to Iran, analysts concur with the staff of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN nuclear watchdog, that Tehran obtained centrifuges from the Khan network. Khan in fact confessed to transfers to Iran.

Yet China directly—and continuously—transferred to Iran materials and technology, even after 1997 when, in behind-the-scenes discussions between Chinese leader Jiang Zemin and US President Bill Clinton, Beijing promised Washington to stop supporting the ayatollah’s nuclear program. In November 2003, for example, the Associated Press reported that the staff of the IAEA had identified China as one of the probable sources of equipment used in Tehran’s suspected nuclear weapons program. And in July 2007, the Wall Street Journal reported that the State Department had lodged formal protests with Beijing about Chinese companies, in violation of Security Council resolutions on Iran, exporting to that country items that could help Tehran build nuclear weapons.

China’s assistance has, unfortunately, continued into this decade. This March, for instance, Malaysian police in Port Klang seized two containers from a ship en route to Iran from China. Authorities believe that items labeled “goods used for liquid mixing or storage for pharmaceutical or chemical or food industry” were actually parts for nuclear warheads.

The Sankei report indicates that Beijing, despite decades of assurances to the United States, is still involved in the most dangerous trade in the world.

Chinese Authorities sentence 3 more Tibetan Monks + tries to bribe them-No Morals-No Ethics!

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3 More Monks Sentenced to ‘Re-education Through Labour; China Attempts to Dissuade Kirti Monks with Money

 Around 10 September 2011, three Kirti monks were sentenced to 2- 3 years’ re-education through labor by the Ngaba (Ch: Aba) Prefecture Public Security Bureau (PSB). The three monks; Lobsang Dhargye, Tsekho and Dorjee were all arrested around 12 April 2011 on suspicion related to the 16 March 2011 self immolation of monk Phuntsog.

According to our sources, Dorjee, a 16 years old from Lhoengtsang Village, Ngaba County, has been sentenced to three years re-education through labor.

Tsekho is 30 years old, born in Tru-tse Township, Ngaba County and 22 years old Lobsang Dhargye is from Myeruma, Ngaba County.  Both Tsekho and Lobsang Dhargye have been sentenced to re-education through labor for two years and six months.

Since the beginning of this month, Kirti Monastery monks were on 15 days annual holiday. By this time (19 September), all monks are supposed to be back at the monastery but very few of them were back at the monastery from their holiday. However, many Chinese officials arrived at the monastery claiming to make identity cards for the Kirti monks. Sources also said that the Head of the monastery and his assistants have been frequently harassed by the Chinese officials.

 It is also known that the Chinese authorities are planning sturdily to further endorse the ‘Patriotic Re-education’ and to significantly minimize the strength of monks. They have promised payment of 20,000 Yuan and also a loan of 50,000 Yuan to help in ‘starting a new livelihood’ to those who voluntarily resigns from the monastery. Yet, so far none of the monks has claimed such reward and benefits.

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Mass arrests in China illegal ‘gutter oil’ police sting

Police in China have arrested 32 people in an operation to prevent the sale of illegally reprocessed cooking oil.

More than 100 tonnes of oil were seized in raids across 14 provinces.

Some of it had been collected from drains behind restaurants to be sold on.

Six underground factories were found to be producing the oil, which some scientists say can cause cancer.

One firm, which was supposed to be turning kitchen oil into fuel, was selling it as fresh cooking fat.

Gutter oil, as it is known, is well-named, says the BBC’s Michael Bristow in Beijing, with some of it collected by dredging the drains behind restaurants. The name is now used for any cooking oil that is illegally recycled.

The raids took place following a four-month police inquiry.

“This case, through a difficult process of investigation… not only struck down a criminal chain of gutter oil producers, but also uncovered hidden details of the offenders’ greedy and unconscionable production of poisonous and harmful cooking oil,” a ministry of public security statement said.

Public alarm

The sting operation comes more than a year after Chinese state media reported that up to one-tenth of cooking oil was made from recycled waste oil.

The trade has been a problem in China for years – the business is said to be very profitable because of the low costs of the waste oil and refining process.

There have been a number of nationwide campaigns to stamp out the illegal trade.

Scandals over contaminated food have caused considerable public alarm in China in recent years.

In the most serious case in 2008, milk products mixed with the industrial chemical melamine caused the deaths of at least six infants and nearly 300,000 fell ill.

China; One Suicide Every 2 Minutes – This Is Very Sad, and I wonder does the Government Care?

Today, Sept. 10, is World Suicide Prevention Day. In China, which accounts for 25 percent of all the world’s suicides, an average of 287,000 people—or one every 2 minutes—commit suicide every year, and 2,000,000 attempt suicide but are unsuccessful, according to data from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Suicide is the 5th leading cause of death in China but it has become the leading cause of death among people aged 15 to 34.

The unusually high suicide rate among Chinese youth and young adults has been attributed to intense academic and employment pressure. High school and college students, as well as young parents are the groups suffering under the most pressure in China, a Sichuan News commentary opined in a Sept. 8 piece.

Students are stressed by a heavy academic burden, body growth, emotions, and prospects for employment, while young parents face pressure from high costs of living, their job, and their children’s education, it said. The article also attributes the high suicide rate to the current education system in China, a system that emphasizes grades and status at the expense of societal relations.

Stress can lead to exacerbate the risk of mental depression, which is the primary cause of suicide in China, according to the Beijing Morning Post. Depression increases the risk of suicide by 6 to 10 times.

China’s suicide rate has soared 60 percent in the past 50 years and the relatively high suicide rate in China also shows a quite different pattern between city-dwellers and country folk: the rural rate is triple that of the urban.

Seventy-five percent of suicides by Chinese take place in the countryside and about 58 percent of them are done by taking pesticides.

In addition, China is one of few countries where the women’s suicide rate is higher than the men’s. In recent years more than 150,000 women commit suicide and 1.5 million attempt suicide annually in China, Wu Xuehua, Director of the National Women’s Federation’s Rights and Wellbeing Division said.

Tibet: The Myth of Socialist Paradise; Report worthy of be republished and a read again-Send it on!

By LOBSANG SANGAY via The New York Times

THREE years ago, Tibetans from Lhasa to Lithang rose up against Chinese rule in Tibet. Earlier this week, a Tibetan monk set himself on fire — the second self-immolation this year, and a testament to China’s continuing repression and Tibetans’ continued resistance. We do not encourage protests, but it is our sacred duty to support our voiceless and courageous compatriots.

In 1950, when the Chinese Army first came to Tibet, they promised a socialist paradise for Tibetans. After more than 60 years of misrule, Tibet is no socialist paradise. There is not socialism but colonialism; there is no paradise, only tragedy.

Some Tibetans helped build roads to Tibet from China and were paid in silver coins by polite and respectful Chinese soldiers. However, once the roads were built in early 1950s, tanks encircled strategic urban areas, trucks headed straight to the mineral-rich mountains, and Chinese workers arrived later to exploit and mine billions of dollars worth of gold, copper and uranium. Overnight, it seemed, something had changed. The polite Chinese people changed, too, and became overbearing and aggressive. They used their guns. Battles erupted. There was death and destruction.

The continuing political repression, cultural assimilation, economic marginalization and environmental destruction in occupied Tibet are unacceptable. The new railway line from Beijing to Lhasa is bringing more heavy equipment to exploit our natural resources and more Chinese migrants, who are beginning to demographically dominate Tibet.

Today, around 70 percent of private-sector firms are owned or run by Chinese, more than 50 percent of government officials are Chinese, and approximately 40 percent of Tibetans with university and high school degrees are unemployed. And this is made worse by Chinese officials who treat Tibet as their personal inheritance, and behave like latter-day feudal lords.

Earlier this year, several Chinese leaders visited Lhasa to celebrate 60 years of so-called peaceful liberation. But the reality is that the anniversary was observed under undeclared martial law. Troops carried automatic machine guns as they marched through the streets of Lhasa while sharpshooters positioned themselves on rooftops. Tourists, of course, were banned from visiting during the “celebration.”

The Tibetan political leadership is still committed to nonviolence and a peaceful resolution through dialogue. We will continue our “middle way” policy, which seeks genuine autonomy for Tibet within the People’s Republic of China, a win-win proposition for both the Tibetans and the Chinese.

China aspires to be a superpower. It has a fast-growing economy backed by growing military power, but sadly, its moral power is lagging behind. And moral power cannot be bought in the marketplace or forced with military might. It has to be earned.

As long as Tibetans are reduced to second-class citizens in their own homeland, there will be resistance to Chinese rule. Finding a lasting solution to the Tibet question, on the other hand, would improve China’s image in the eyes of the world and help protect its territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Peaceful dialogue could lead to genuine Tibetan autonomy within China. This is a solution that would satisfy both Tibetan and Chinese interests and it would be a victory not only for the Tibetan people, but for all marginalized people around the world.

Lobsang Sangay was sworn in last week as the kalon tripa, or prime minister, of the Tibetan government in exile.

Fitch Ratings Co warns of rising China credit risk

Source: The Associated Press

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Fitch Ratings said Thursday that China’s credit risk has increased because local governments have become heavily indebted, with a lack of disclosure by financial institutions compounding the problem.

The comments by Fitch, one of the three major credit rating agencies, come amid concerns that borrowings by local authorities in China for expensive public works may overwhelm the ability of some local governments to repay banks.

Senior Director Jonathan Lee of Fitch Ratings in Taiwan said a large chunk of the lending has gone into unprofitable infrastructure, raising the prospect of default.

“Credit risk has risen from an over-extension of loans to local governments and property – both of which have questionable medium-term repayment capacity,” Lee said during a conference in Taipei.

Chinese local governments borrowed heavily over the past decade to build subways and other infrastructure that the central government in Beijing initially promised to fund but then pulled out of.

Borrowing by local governments increased after Beijing ordered higher spending on public works as part of its economic stimulus to fend off the 2008 global crisis.

In June, Beijing revealed that local governments have piled up 10.7 trillion yuan ($1.6 trillion) in debt, the equivalent of 25 percent of China’s annual economic output.

Lee also highlighted concerns about Chinese banks moving to offload the local loans. He said the process of bundling the debts into securities continues to grow, which is transferring the credit risk to a broader group of investors.

“Disclosure is very poor, and there is no legal framework guiding (these activities), which means that unwinding products in the event of default could get very messy,” he said.

© 2011 The Associated Press

A little-known Islamic Militant group has claimed responsibility for recent violent attacks In Western China

BEIJING — A little-known Islamic group has claimed responsibility in an online video for recent violent attacks that killed dozens in China’s western Xinjiang region, according to an American organization that tracks militant activity.

The American organization, the SITE Intelligence Group, posted the video, by the Turkistan Islamic Party, on its Web site on Wednesday, reporting that it had been issued in late August. In the video, according to SITE, the group’s leader, Abdul Shakoor Damla, claimed that attacks in July in Hotan and Kashgar, two southern Xinjiang cities, were acts of revenge for the Chinese government’s repression of the region’s ethnic Uighur population.

The Turkistan Islamic Party has previously made similar claims that remain unverified. Its highest-profile threat, to disrupt the 2008 Beijing Olympics with chemical, biological or conventional weapons, was never carried out.

Some terrorism experts remain concerned about the group’s threats, and its members have been linked to other Islamic militants, including Al Qaeda. But one Chinese analyst, Zhao Guojun of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, was cautious in a telephone interview on Thursday.

While the group could have carried out the attacks, Mr. Zhao said the claim was probably made to blow a “trumpet for themselves.”

“It’s a way to increase their influence,” he said.

Mr. Zhao said the organization was believed to have fewer than 100 members, most of them Uighur. The Uighur are an ethnic Turkic group that once made up the majority of Xinjiang’s population. In recent decades, however, they have been edged out by China’s majority Han population, as Beijing has moved to exploit the area’s mineral resources and develop its economy.

A July 2009 protest march by Uighurs in the regional capital, Urumqi, exploded into ethnic rioting that killed nearly 200 people, most said to be Han. Government surveillance and police actions directed at Uighurs have risen sharply since then, and the area has experienced sporadic outbreaks of violence.

Many Uighurs now bridle against local restrictions on their practice of Islam, police harassment and what they say is job discrimination. China’s government says its economic development efforts have brought prosperity and jobs to Xinjiang’s Uighurs and blames outside agitators and foreign-based terrorist groups for the unrest.

The latest video shows a Uighur man identified as Memeti Tiliwaldi at what is said to be a terrorist training camp, probably somewhere in Afghanistan or in Pakistan’s lawless region near the border with China. Chinese police officials reported in early August that they had shot and killed Mr. Tiliwaldi, 29, after he was identified as one of those who staged a series of attacks in Kashgar on July 30 and 31, which left at least 18 people dead.

At the time, the authorities said the perpetrators had prepared for the attacks at a training camp inside Pakistan. Xinjiang has been under a security crackdown since early July, when an attack and battle at a police station in Hotan killed 18 people, most identified as Uighur attackers.

While the attacks in Hotan and Kashgar almost certainly were planned in advance, some analysts have noted that they bore few of the hallmarks of the actions of a sophisticated terrorist group. For the most part, the attackers’ weapons were knives and automobiles that they drove into crowds of bystanders. The bombs detonated in the Kashgar attacks also appeared to be comparatively primitive.

China has frequently blamed a group called the East Turkestan Islamic Movement for violence in Xinjiang. The Turkistan Islamic Party may be an offshoot of that group, formed in 2003 in alliance with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Mr. Zhao said.

The group’s former leader, Abdul Haq al-Turkistani, became a member of Al Qaeda’s executive council in 2005, according to the United States Treasury Department, which designated him a global terrorist in 2009. Mr. Turkistani was reported to have died last year in a Predator drone strike in the Taliban-controlled North Waziristan region of Pakistan.

In January 2010, the group issued a statement claiming that 15 of its members were killed in an American airstrike inside Afghanistan.

The group has also claimed involvement in other violence in China, including a 2008 explosion on a Shanghai bus that killed three people and attacks in the coastal cities of Wenzhou and Guangzhou. The Chinese government calls those claims unverified.

Li Bibo contributed research.

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