So President Hu Jintao faces the Japanese media questions on China' minority policies.
The regional autonomy for ethnic minorities is a basic political system of China, and the Chinese government will continue to abide by this system, said Chinese President Hu Jintao.
Hu also outlined the basic content of China's ethnic minorities policy, saying all the ethnic groups in China were equal, and the state ensured the legitimate rights and interests of all the ethnic minorities, maintained and developed a socialist ethnic relationship featured equality, unity, mutual assistance and harmony.
What Hu means is that the folks in Zhongnanhai send one of their own out to the restive conquered minority regions to enforce "autonomy" on the locals. "Autonomy" in this case means "follow the policy laid out by the heads of the CCP exactly and we may not torture you".
China Digital Times has been doing great work translating Woeser's reports on the Tibet situation. The following are from the 5th set of translations. Go over to CDT and read the whole thing and the previous posts as well. (after you finish here, right?)
Recently some people who were arrested during the March 14 Incident without any reasons were released. It is learned that they were arrested one after another after March 14. While some of them were arrested on their way home from their offices, others were arrested when they were asleep late at night. Many people were locked up in the warehouse of the railway station. Those who were tortured include: Some were forced to shoulder the instruments of torture when they were tortured, thus, those who shouldered the iron club had broken ribs; those who carried mechanical springs had their flesh cut off; those who carried electric wire lost consciousness as they were shocked, etc. Some of them were not given water to drink, so they had to drink each other’s urine, but in the end they did not even have urine to drink. Every day they were thrown a few steamed bread, and all the people would fight for them. Every four or five days they would be transferred to different places. Since they were transferred late at night, they did not where they had been.
The reports listed by Woeser conform closely to the stories that were reported 20 years ago under Hu Jintao's administration of Tibet. As for the CCP's Potemkin village presentation of a harmonious society?
In Lhasa the authorities have created the appearance of harmony. The soldiers who were on duty all took off their uniforms and dressed up as tourists to walk around everywhere. Most soldiers on guard duty changed into the police uniforms, and the same soldier would change into uniforms for ground force, armed police and policemen. The authorities also created the false appearance of the freedom for religious belief. While some work units notified their employees their place of work is to circumambulate the Potala Palace, the neighborhood committees also organized and encouraged people to go on circumambulation tour and to pay homage in Sera Monastery which has been ordered to open to the public by the authorities themselves. They rewarded these people for doing so with bonuses.
Unpossible. We've been told constantly by the highly self-proclaimed A-list English-language China bloggers for the last two months that the CCP was too inept to stage the equivalent of a professional wrestling match in Paris or hire analogues of NHL goon instigators to stir up a little violence in Lhasa, so they couldn't possibly co-ordinate something big like the Olympics or this political charade.
It is learned that recently there will be another journalist group, including foreign journalists, to visit Lhasa. In order to show that people enjoy the right to hold demonstrations freely, some work units will organize their employees to hold demonstrations, and the content for holding the demonstrations is about some trivial matters.
Distractions of complaints over trivial matters to push people away from the serious matters at hand? Unpossible. Hey look over there, a must-read by Danwei of ESWN's translation of complaints that CCTV didn't show Super Girls or Happy Boys during some pre-Olympics music spectacular spectacular. CCTV couldn't possibly have done this as ESWN has told us many times, the CCP is too inept to pull off something like this.