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"Canada can, within a positive friendly atmosphere, ask the Chinese government to resolve the Tibetan situation."

A challenge from inside China

March 24, 2008

Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 22, 2008

A group of 30 Chinese intellectuals appealed to Beijing on Saturday to
admit that its policy of crushing dissent in Tibet was failing.

"The one-sided propaganda of the official Chinese media is having the
effect of stirring up inter-ethnic animosity and aggravating an already
tense situation," the group said in an open letter posted on,
a website for overseas Chinese.

Dissident author Wang Lixiong is the first name on the petition. He and
his wife, Tibetan poet and essayist Tsering Woeser, have been under
house arrest in Beijing since the protests began, Wang told Radio Free Asia.

China's government turned up efforts Saturday to put its own version of
the unrest before the international public. It disseminated footage of
Tibetan protesters attacking Chinese and accusations of biased reporting
by Western media via TV, the Internet, e-mail and YouTube, which is
blocked in China.

The Communist government's leading newspaper called for the nation to
"resolutely crush" the Tibetan demonstrations. The media barrage
underscored that the government campaign is moving into a new phase of
damage control ahead of the Beijing Olympics in August.
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