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Inside China: PLA hawks decry sellout by leaders
Question of the Day
China’s military is making bold accusations that self-described “heroic” anti-American hawks are being purged and betrayed by China’s CIA-controlled civilian leaders.
Last week, China’s best-known military commentator, Rear Adm. Zhang Zhaozhong of the PLA navy, stated that there were more than 1 million Chinese traitors in China, including diplomats, economists and military personnel, working as spies for foreign governments - especially the U.S.
Encouraged by cheers for his statements, Adm. Zhang this week told the press that “some of our scholars are trained by the Americans. They read American books, accepted American ideals and they are now helping the U.S. to fool the Chinese.”
This line of argument by anti-U.S. fanatics in the PLA reached a fever pitch last summer. In a lengthy article on the leading Chinese military website Leiting (Thunder), published Sept. 14, the CIA was cited as the main driver of a successful psychological warfare and disinformation campaign against China’s civilian leaders, from Deng Xiaoping to Hu Jintao, to purge or suppress the PLA’s “strategic hawks” from becoming influential in China.
Several “strategic hawks” were identified. Maj. Gens. Luo Yuan and Qiao Liang and senior Cols. Dai Xu and Liu Mingfu were named as the main victims of the supposed U.S. plot.
Reagan administration defense policymaker Michael Pillsbury, identified in the article as “a senior official in charge of U.S. strategy toward China” who closely monitors the PLA, was described as being “pleasantly surprised” by the downfall of one of such Chinese “strategic hawks.”
BRITAIN SNUBBED OVER DALAI LAMA
British Prime Minister David Cameron last month met privately with the Dalai Lama, enraging China’s communist leaders and contributing to what appears to be a deterioration of the two states’ normal relations.
After the announcement of Mr. Cameron’s decision to meet with the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Chinese government promptly snubbed the British by canceling Wu Bangguo’s visit to London. Mr. Wu is ranked No. 2 in the Communist Party hierarchy and heads the National People’s Congress.
The British newspaper Daily Telegraph reported June 13 that British officials were snubbed by their Chinese counterparts. Trade minister Stephen Green and foreign minister Jeremy Browne were denied meetings with their equivalents in Beijing. Many meetings have been either canceled or pushed to junior bureaucrats.
This week, the Dalai Lama is invited again to Britain, this time by the private investment association Yorkshire International Business Convention to give a speech on business ethics.
But the Chinese government continues to bully the British over the Tibetan monk’s visit.
Elected city officials in Leeds, where the speech is scheduled to be given, received a threat from the Chinese Embassy to relocate some 200 Chinese athletes training there for the Summer Olympics to other locales if the Dalai Lama’s speech is not canceled, according to a report by British newspaper the Guardian.
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