Monday, October 22, 2012

Global Times Publishes, Then Deletes, Report That US Ambassador Visited Tibetans in Aba

[Update - December 2012:  At some time after this post was published the Global Times restored this article.]

On October 18, 2012, the state-sponsored Global Times published a report entitled "US Confirms Locke Visited Sichuan Aba, Urges Sina-Tibetan Dialogue" (美证实骆家辉访四川阿坝 敦促中国与藏人对话). An excerpt:
On October 16, the United States State Department publicly confirmed that in September US Ambassador to China Gary Locke visited the Aba district of Sichuan, China, and met with local officials and residents. Aba has gained world attention because several incidents involving Tibetans self-immolating. The US State Department spokesperson said on the 16th that Tibetan self-immolations are continuing unabated, and the US is "deeply concerned," and urges the Chinese government to have further dialogue with Tibetans.
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Since a Tibetan self-immolation incident occurred in Aba in February 2009, overseas organizations have said that there have been 55 similar incidents in China, and that of these half occurred in Aba. In August last year Locke became the first overseas Chinese to become  the US Ambassador to China, he has expressed deep interest in China's human rights issues, and in the summer of this year he played an important role in the incident where the blind Chinese lawyer Chen Guangcheng went to America.
美国国务院16日对外证实,美国驻华大使骆家辉9月访问了中国四川的阿坝地区,并会见了当地政府官员和居民。阿坝因发生数起藏人自焚事件成为外界关注的焦点。美国国务院发言人纽兰16日称,藏人自焚事件不断增加,美国对此“深切关注”,敦促中国政府与藏人进一步开展对话。
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2009年2月阿坝地区发生藏人自焚事件以来,海外团体称中国已有55例类似事件,其中一半发生在阿坝。骆家辉去年8月成为美国首位华裔驻华大使,对中国的人权问题表示出浓厚兴趣,并在今年夏季的中国盲人律师陈光诚赴美事件中扮演了重要角色。
These screenshots show that the report, which was originally at this URL -  http://world.huanqiu.com/exclusive/2012-10/3197335.html - was deleted within hours.

See also: After CCTV Names Lhasa China's "Happiest City," Sina Weibo Bans Searches for "Self-Immolations"

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