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  • Unilever Supply Centre In China | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    Chinese city s bid to become an international procurement centre Unilever opened its global supply management office in Shanghai yesterday and plans to achieve export of raw materials alone totaling more than 500 million over the next five years Unilever s chairman Niall Fitzgerald said the office would operate as the fiscal point for all Chinese suppliers wishing to export to Unilever companies around the world and for the Unilever

    Original URL path: http://friendsoftibet.org/databank/chinatrade/chinat1.html (2016-04-25)
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  • Split In White House on China's MFN | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    phrase because significant progress is an unquantifiable entity that can be stretched in best political fashion to suit whatever end the administration expects of it But despite the views of relative hard liners such as Mr Lord it is fair to say few of them have much idea how the decision will ultimately go The annual human rights report on China to which finishing touches are being applied will predictably give little indication It will almost certainly pull no punches on China s lack of human rights improvement it is written for Congress benefit after all but will leave enough space for that significant progress to be fulfilled by June If the administration appears to be undecided on MFN or even worse divided on the matter there is a simple reason the man who heads it Mr Clinton gets top marks for public dynamism but his first year in charge has shown him to be privately indecisive But there is no doubt he wants to call the ultimate shot on China Mr Clinton has come a long way since his pre election admonishments to the Beijing regime via his new Asiacentrism and his meeting with President Jiang Zemin He recently told an aide he wanted China to be his special project One thing is certain he wants to renew MFN If Hong Kong calculates it will lose 70 000 jobs from MFN denial the cost to the US workforce may be much greater assuming Beijing retaliates with its own trade measures The blocking of so many cheap Chinese goods from the US market would also force up prices and hit retailers These are political risks that are simply too damaging for Mr Clinton to take as the US economy tries to shrug off a deep recession He knows also that his vision of the Asian economic community would be severely undermined by denying China s MFN It is something that not one of the region s leaders would remotely support an Asia research expert said It is highly probable however that Mr Clinton has formed a wish fulfilment policy to renew MFN by hook or by crook However such a policy only works painlessly if one can rely on two things China s complicity and Congress full approval Neither are likely The matter of subduing prickly congressmen is Mr Clinton s biggest hurdle particularly if they think he is reneging on his human rights commitments That is why the next two months are crucial in the debate several congressional delegations have either just visited China or are there this week including one led by House majority leader Richard Gephardt A Gephardt aide said that not only was the congressman there to form his own opinions on the human rights issue but would be expected to report back to the administration on what he saw By bringing key politicians such as Mr Gephardt into the China policy process the administration hopes to avoid the exhausting annual clashes over MFN as those

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  • Clinton Expects China to Retain MFN Status | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    of China s MFN status as long as that cuntry continues to make progress in improving human rights and opening its markets to US products I don t want to isolate China for political and economic reasons but I do think in the aftermath of Tiananmen Square and errors made in the aftermath we have an obligation to at least be insistent about the things we believe in he added

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  • China Holds Anti-Terror Exercises in Tibet | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) News-Room Databank
    using the global war on terrorism as an excuse to crack down on Tibet and in the Muslim region of Xinjiang in the west The anti terrorist maneuvers in the context of increased terrorist acts around the world were staged to check the region s response mechanism in case of terror attacks Xinhua quoted organizers as saying Three hours of exercises covered methods of countering hijackings and explosions biochemical weapons

    Original URL path: http://friendsoftibet.org/databank/chinadefence/chinad14.html (2016-04-25)
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  • Hindi-Chini Bye Bye? | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) News-Room Databank
    out and they ll be disappointed Clinton s CTBT statement isn t very high pitched he has noted it but not gone hammer and tongs over it I suppose the Indian lobby has done a decent job In Beijing foreign ministry spokesperson Sun Yuxi put it diplomatically at a press conference China hopes Clinton s visit will play a positive role in promoting regional peace and stability Asked about the massacre of Sikhs by militants in Kashmir he deftly sidestepped the question China is clearly unwilling to offend its ally Pakistan by condemning terrorist incidents in Kashmir But the Chinese media wasted no time in highlighting Pakistani propaganda that the killings were perpetrated by Indian security forces And while the India visit was given a complete go by the People s Daily on March 9 did put Clinton s decision to visit Pakistan on its front page In fact the Chinese media have treated Clinton s visit to India and Pakistan at par indeed dwelt more on his Islamabad schedule China Daily Beijing s sole English daily on March 23 quoted Riaz H Khokhar Pakistan s ambassador to China that the good neighbourly relations between Pakistan and China have withstood the test of time and are pivotal for regional global peace and stability Lending another perspective Dr Shanta Nedungadi Verma assistant professor of political science Delhi University says China will be more wary about transferring its technology for weapons of mass destruction to Pakistan And now with the US and India cosying up and with India being an N power Beijing wouldn t like to antagonise India beyond a certain point Also she adds Beijing would be watching the developments here with a lot of interest As far as expanding its ties with Pakistan are concerned the Chinese are far

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  • Plotting China's Democratic Path | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) News-Room Databank
    scholars during Mao s maniacal Great Leap campaigns and other drives for power It beggars the imagination how Indian fans of China and Mao compare India s democracy unfavourably with China s totalitarianism It took Amartya Sen to point to the advantages of democracy in managing famines and hunger albeit without a guarantee of efficiency now Gilley advantages democracy for long term economic growth creativity management of disease epidemics handling of internal conflicts democratic India gets a good mark and most of all for containing military aggression It is on this last point that faith overtakes reasonable caution in Gilley s argument Opposed to any clash of civilisations thesis he concurs with Fukuyama in imaging a future world painted in various shades of democratic governance With a firm faith in the principle of democratic peace that democracies do not war with other democracies he over insures his thesis of China s inevitable democratic future arising out of internal socio political economic changes by a series of policy recommendations to foreign powers He desperately urges the United States and China s Asian neighbours not to provoke China but to baby her along during her democratic infancy and adolescence To the former he advises economic support for the fledgling democratic institutions that will emerge especially pro reform media policy think tanks judiciary and legal systems etc To her Asian neighbours Gilley warns Strategically India Spratly Islands claimants Central Asian countries would need to ensure that they do not provoke a flaring nationalism in China India for example could agree to withdraw troops from the 90 000 sq km of former Tibetan territory sic that is now inside the line of control it defends Japan might declare a ban on its nationals landing on the Senkaku islands Taiwan whose de facto independence should nevertheless be backed by the US and her allies is advised to dampen her claims till note democracy creates a less fanatical irredentism resulting from the burdens of empire inherited from the Qing dynasty Tibet and Xinjiang where Chinese rule was imposed by force and kept in place for decades by repression might yet under a new democratic regime perversely demand independence which even a democratic China might be unwilling to grant He quotes Chinese scholars who warn If this issue of Tibetan independence cannot be resolved it will be difficult for democracy to flourish As though a nation s yearning for human rights civic freedoms humanitarian concerns and pluralism can be held hostage by the similar concerns of one of their colonies Britain s democracy did not collapse after decolonisation it was strengthened such is the logic of democracy Last but not least Gilley s thesis ignores the linkage between economic military growth and aggression which would be threatening enough on its own but combined with China s central nation complex is disquieting to those who observe with trepidation the growth of this giant Modern China right from the democratic days of Sun Yat Sen has displayed an unyielding

    Original URL path: http://friendsoftibet.org/databank/chinadefence/chinad13.html (2016-04-25)
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  • 70 Die In Chinese Submarine Disaster | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) News-Room Databank
    be adopted by the leadership of current president Hu Jintao elected at the National People s Congress in March After the recent cover up in Beijing of the growing Sars epidemic was exposed Mr Hu and his premier Wen Jiabao issued instructions calling for a more open approach The Chinese authorities may also be anxious to prevent rumours spreading in an area where incorrect stories could have dangerous consequences By stating that the submarine in question was a conventional one the report deters speculation that the accident might have involved one of China s nuclear powered craft China is believed to have a fleet of 60 70 operational submarines of which the majority are ageing and only a handful are nuclear powered The bulk of the conventional fleet is composed of Ming and Romeo class submarines based on obsolete Soviet designs which are now only useful for coastal defence A small number of more modern ex Russian Kilo attack submarines are also in service as well as a Chinese built Song class There has been speculation that the US spy plane forced to land on Hainan island two years ago was attempting to monitor Chinese construction of more modern craft These would include a powerful version of the Kilo and a new nuclear powered submarine Mr Jiang who has remained silent so far on the Sars epidemic retains power as head of the Communist party s military commission in whose name he expressed condolences The Chinese navy one of the principal components of the People s Liberation Army is regarded as an elite service It is frequently praised for its work in patrolling the Chinese coastline and defending the motherland Its most visible action in recent years was in patrolling the Taiwan Straits during 1995 96 It has also defended

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  • China Opposes US Move on E Asia | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) News-Room Databank
    system in East Asia China today pressed for early talks on the issue to accommodate the interests of other countries We have stated on many occasions that we are not favour of the US efforts to develop a missile defence system Chinese Foreign Minister spokesperson Liu Jianchao told reporters here The Chinese side is not in favour of developing such a missile system within the region Liu said when asked

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