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

Clarity on China

July 16, 2010

By Thomas R. Bate
Calgary Herald
July 14, 2010

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Re: "Ignatieff's China blunder," Editorial, July 8.

You have made statements that are so outrageous
they require a response. You state: "Falun Gong
practitioners and Christians are jailed and have
their organs harvested for profit . . ."

This is an easily refuted Internet myth. I just
returned from China, where I teach at
Southwestern University of Finance and Economics.
A number of my students are openly Christian and
proud of it. They are not in jail, they have not
had their organs removed, and they are active in
student and community social life.

My wife (Chinese) is a Christian and many of our
acquaintances in China are also Christians,
openly attending church every Sunday and vespers on Wednesday.

None of them has been persecuted.

If the Herald can document a single case of a
Christian losing his freedom and losing an organ
because of his religion, I'll eat these words at Olympic Park at noon.

You state: "Self-determination is not allowed for
territories like Tibet considered under the
jurisdiction of Beijing." Every province,
autonomous region and municipal government in
China is "under the jurisdiction of Beijing."

Tibet has been part of China, under the emperor's
jurisdiction for over 700 years. Until the early
1950s, it was mainly controlled by seven
families. The rest of the population were either
serfs or slaves. Literacy rates hovered around
five per cent. It is now an autonomous region.
Between 1953 and today, with a high degree of
autonomy, literacy has risen to over 65 per cent.

I encourage the Herald to get its facts straight
before making such prejudicial and inaccurate statements.

Thomas R. Bate,
Calgary
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