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.

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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.

Veteran Chinese rights activist jailed for 9 months for “creating a disturbance,”

BEIJING — Veteran Chinese rights activist and doctor Wang Lihong was sentenced Friday to nine months in jail for “creating a disturbance,” as part of what campaigners say is a broad crackdown on dissent.

 The 55-year-old, a veteran of China’s 1989 pro-democracy movement in Tiananmen Square, plans to appeal the sentence in the next 10 days, her lawyer Han Yicun told AFP.

Wang was arrested in April, after online calls for Arab Spring-style protests that spooked authorities, prompting a widespread clampdown on dissent.

Rights groups say her detention was linked to her support for three activists in southeast China’s Fujian province who called online for Chinese citizens to join the planned protests, which never materialized.

She has been in detention for nearly six months already, and under Chinese law only has a little more than three months left to complete her sentence, Han said.

He said Wang, who went on trial last month, was in good spirits and appeared calm when the verdict was announced in a Beijing district court in the presence of her son, brother and sister.

The sentence is light compared with the five-year maximum penalty that could have stemmed from the charge — one that has frequently been used in recent years to silence anti-government protesters.

Commenting on the case, foreign ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said China had delivered a verdict “in accordance with our laws.”

Wang has a number of prominent supporters, including artist and activist Ai Weiwei. In early August, Ai — recently released from detention himself — posted a message on his widely followed microblog on her behalf.

“If you don’t speak out for Wang Lihong, you are not just a person who will not stand up for fairness and justice, you do not have self-respect,” he wrote.

Advocacy group Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) said Zhao Lianhai, an activist who helped bring to light a tainted milk scandal in 2008, was one of several supporters not allowed to leave his home to attend Wang’s sentencing.

“Sending Wang Lihong to prison suggests that the Chinese government feels quite confident to go after the less-known activists, to whom the international community has paid little attention,” the CHRD said in a statement.

The group said more than 200 supporters, journalists and diplomats gathered outside the courthouse to wait for the verdict Friday, and a large number of uniformed and plainclothes police were also present.

But only Wang’s family and lawyers were allowed to attend the hearing.

What is China up to in Libya? Refusing to recognize the new Government-That’s What!

On Saturday, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the head of Libya’s National Transitional Council, accused China of blocking the unfreezing of assets. Beijing on Thursday had agreed to the release of an initial $15 billion, but it is standing in the way of allowing more funds to go to the cash-strapped interim government. SaidNTC spokesman Shamsiddin Abdulmolah, referring to the Chinese, “I’m sure they are going to use their veto card to make sure that their interests here in Libya are secure.”  – Refusing to

Beijing seems determined to make itself unwelcome in the new Libya. For one thing, the Chinese are refusing to recognize the new government. Even the Russians threw in the towel and established formal ties with the transitional council on Thursday. The best China will do is say the NTC has an “important position and role”  and that it will recognize the council when the time is “ripe.”

Worse, Toronto’s Globe and Mail revealed on Saturday that earlier this summer three Chinese state enterprises offered “huge stockpiles” of sophisticated weapons—worth at least $200 million—to Colonel Qaddafi’s representatives. Beijing, of course, denies any wrongdoing. “We have clarified with the relevant agencies that in July the Qaddafi government sent personnel to China without the knowledge of the Chinese government and they engaged in contact with a handful of people from the companies concerned,” said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu on Monday. She also claimed no sales in fact took place.

In fact they did, at least according to the new Libyan government. “I’m almost certain that these guns arrived and were used against our people,” said Omar Hariri, head of the NTC’s military committee, according to the same Globe and Mail story. The transitional council also claims it has “hard evidence”—some of the weapons themselves, retrieved from the field, as well as documents—of Beijing’s sales, according to the New York Times. Over the weekend, NTC spokesman Abdulrahman Busin said the council would seek accountability for the sales. And there is a lot to be accountable for: the transactions violate Security Council Resolution 1970, which China actually voted for in February.

Perhaps Beijing is thinking it can trade its vote on the blocked funds to ensure that the new Libyan government protects Chinese interests. If so, the tactic looks unpromising, but even if Beijing gets what it wants in the short term, any victory will come at high cost.

A half decade ago, Western analysts marveled at China’s deft diplomacy. Even if they were right then, Beijing officials have since lost their playbook. China is digging itself in deeper with brutish tactics in Libya, just another symptom of its new brazen and belligerent foreign policy.

Chinese Human Right Abuses; But Wait There’s More:Samphel of Kandze Sentenced To Three Years Term

TCHRD PRESS RELEASE

 Samphel of Kandze Sentenced To Three Years Term

On around 20 August 2011, Samphel (Samphel Dhondup) of Kandze County was sentenced to three years imprisonment by a Kandze court, according to information received by TCHRD.

On 10 July, Samphel along with Lobsang Phuntsok and Lobsang Lhundup were arrested at around 4 o’clock in the evening (Tibet local time) after they raised slogans and distributed pamphlets saying “Freedom for Tibet”, “Long Live H.H the Dalai Lama”, “Return of the Dalai Lama” and “ May the Dalai Lama and all Tibetans unite soon”.

It was reported earlier that all three youths were arrested and beaten severely by the Kandze Public Security Bureau (PSB) who arrived immediately to the spot.  

 Lobsang Phuntsok (17 years old) and Lobsang Lhundup were released on the same day Samphel was sentenced.

Samphel, 23 years old, is from Lona Village, Kandze County.

 

Until this, there was no information about the three. Their conditions still remain unknown.

Note: Picture of Samphel is available on our facebook https://www.facebook.com/tchrd

Dukthen Kyi (Ms)
Researcher
Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy

www.tchrd.org

China Pays Cash for Censorship; U.S Diplomatic Cable States-Unbelievable!

PART OF A massive cache of diplomatic cables from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing shows that Chinese regime “search engines apparently regularly accept money from corporate clients to suppress negative news in online search results.” The cable was sent in September 2008, at the height of China’s melamine-tainted milk scandal. It also includes information that the country’s most popular search engine and one of the worst corporate offenders in the melamine scandal colluded to suppress information about the scandal.

The cable states:

Embassy contacts say that while it is unclear whether Baidu and Sanlu are guilty of colluding to suppress information in this specific case, they nevertheless assert that, in general, major search engines in China do offer corporate clients a variety of means to censor negative information in exchange for cash.

Sanlu produced infant milk formula that sickened scores of infants. Some died from consuming the formula. Chinese nationals with corporate background who have been privvy to similar dealings were quoted as confirming the allegations of censorship. According to the cable:

A PRC citizen account manager at Fleishman-Hillard’s Beijing corporate communications practice, told PolOff that it is “normal practice for (Chinese) media to ban negative news for advertisement clients.” Huang noted that this “brand protection service” is not written into contracts, so it is “difficult to track.”…an American citizen and director of Ogilvy Pubic Relations China’s Digital Strategy group, told PolOff that although he had never seen evidence of a “smoking gun” implicating Baidu in this practice, he nevertheless said he believes that Baidu will “do just about anything for the right price, “including manipulating online search results. …a PRC citizen consultant at Ogilvy Public Relations, separately admitted to PolOff that two years ago she and her team at Ogilvy advised a major U.S. shipping client that they could pay Chinese search engines to censor news.

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