Ethnic clash in Chinese factory kills 2, hurts 118
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
BEIJING -- Ethnic tensions between workers at a toy factory in southern China sparked a brawl that left two dead and 118 injured, state media and a government spokesman said Saturday.
The official China News Service said hundreds of workers at the Xuri Toy Factory in Shaoguan City fought for two hours before more than 400 police restored order early Friday morning.
A spokesman from the Shaoguan City government said the brawl was due to tensions between Uighurs - Turkic-speaking Muslims - and Han Chinese, who make up most of China's population.
The spokesman said the fight started after a Han Chinese girl entered a dormitory where Uighur workers were staying. Uighur workers tried to harass her, and she screamed. The spokesman would not give his name or give details on the two people who died.
The news service said 14 among the 118 people who were hurt suffered serious injuries.
Fights between the two ethnic groups are rarely reported, but tensions have existed for decades in the Uighurs' far western region of Xinjiang. China has a heavy security presence there, saying militants in the region are seeking to separate it from the rest of the country.
The factory could not reached for comment.
I READ THAT SEVERAL WOMEN HAD BEEN GANGRAPED N 1 HAD COMMITED SUICIDE...TYPICAL TURKOMONGOL "CULTURE"...
AFP – Over 100 reported dead in riots China's restive Xinjiang
URUMQI, China – Violent street battles killed at least 140 people and injured 828 others in the deadliest ethnic unrest to hit China's volatile western Xinjiang region in decades, and officials said Monday the death toll was expected to rise.
Security forces have clamped down on the city of Urumqi and set up checkpoints to catch any fleeing rioters, state media reported, after tensions between ethnic Muslim Uighur people and China's Han majority erupted into riots.
Rioters on Sunday overturned barricades, attacking vehicles and houses, and clashed violently with police, according to media and witness accounts. State television aired footage showing protesters attacking and kicking people on the ground. Other people, who appeared to be Han Chinese, sat dazed with blood pouring down their faces.
There was little immediate explanation for how so many people died. The government blamed Uighur exiles for stoking the unrest. Exile groups said the violence started only after police began violently cracking down on a peaceful protest.
About 1,000 to 3,000 people had gathered Sunday in the regional capital for the protest that apparently spun out of control. Accounts differed over what happened, but the violence seemed to have started when the crowd of protesters refused to disperse.
The official Xinhua News Agency reported hundreds of people were arrested. Mobile phone service provided by at least one company was cut Monday to stop people from organizing further action in Xinjiang.
The demonstrators had been demanding justice for two Uighurs killed last month during a fight with Han Chinese co-workers at a factory in southern China.
Tensions between Uighurs and the majority Han Chinese are never far from the surface in Xinjiang, China's vast Central Asian buffer province, where militant Uighurs have waged a sporadic, violent separatist campaign.
Uighurs make up the largest ethnic group in Xinjiang, but not in the capital of Urumqi, which has attracted large numbers of Han Chinese migrants. The city of 2.3 million is now about overwhelmingly Chinese — a source of frustration for native Uighurs.
Wu Nong, director of the news office of the Xinjiang provincial government, said more than 260 vehicles were attacked or set on fire in Sunday's unrest and 203 houses were damaged. She said 140 people were killed and 828 injured in the violence.
She did not say how many of the victims were Han or Uighurs.
Xinhua quoted regional Police Chief Liu Yaohua as saying several hundred people had been arrested in connection with the riot and police were searching for about 90 other "key suspects." He said checkpoints had been set up in the city and in neighboring Changji and Turpan prefectures to prevent the rioters from fleeing. Liu also said the death toll was expected to rise.
Uighur exiles condemned the crackdown.
"We are extremely saddened by the heavy-handed use of force by the Chinese security forces against the peaceful demonstrators," said Alim Seytoff, vice president of the Washington, D.C.-based Uyghur American Association. (YOU CALL THIS A PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION!?)
"We ask the international community to condemn China's killing of innocent Uighurs. This is a very dark day in the history of the Uighur people," he said.
The association, led by a former prominent Xinjiang businesswoman now living in America, Rebiya Kadeer, estimated that 1,000 to 3,000 people took part in the protest.
Xinjiang Governor Nur Bekri said in a televised address early Monday that Uighur exiles led by Kadeer of caused the violence, saying, "Rebiya had phone conversations with people in China on July 5 in order to incite, and Web sites ... were used to orchestrate the incitement and spread propaganda."
A government statement quoted by Xinhua said the violence was "a pre-empted, organized violent crime. It is instigated and directed from abroad and carried out by outlaws in the country."
Seytoff dimissed the accusations. "It's common practice for the Chinese government to accuse Ms. Kadeer for any unrest" in Xinjiang, he said.
The clashes Sunday in Urumqi echoed last year's unrest in Tibet, when a peaceful demonstration by monks in the capital of Lhasa erupted into riots that spread to surrounding areas, leaving at least 22 dead. The Chinese government accused Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, of orchestrating the violence — a charge he denied.
Many Uighurs yearn for independence for Xinjiang, a sprawling region rich in minerals and oil that borders eight Central Asian nations. Critics say the millions of Han Chinese who have settled here in recent years are gradually squeezing the Turkic people out of their homeland.
But many Chinese believe the Uighurs (pronounced WEE-gers) are backward and ungrateful for the economic development the Chinese have brought to the poor region.
Adam Grode, an American Fulbright scholar studying in Urumqi, described a heavy police and military presence in the city Monday.
"There are soldiers everywhere, police are at all the corners. Traffic has completely stopped but people are walking on the sidewalks," Grode said.
He said authorities took him to the police station Monday morning after seeing him taking photographs from his apartment window. They deleted his photos, confiscated his passport and released him. They gave no reason for taking his passport but said it would be returned Tuesday.
Seytoff said he had heard from two sources that at least two dozen people had been killed by gunfire or crushed by armored police vehicles just outside Xinjiang University.
Wang Kui, an official with the Foreign Affairs Department at the university, said she aware of no such incident. She said no students from the university were among those killed or injured.
"We are not allowing students to come and go because the situation is chaotic at the moment," Wang said. "All the students are at school, and we are taking care of them. But we are not clear about what's been going on outside."
China Mobile phone service was suspended in the region "to help keep the peace and prevent the incident from spreading further," a customer service representative in Urumqi said. The woman would give only her surname, Yang.
Previous mass protests quelled by armed forces became signal events for Xinjiang's separatist movement. In 1990, about 200 Uighurs shouting for holy war protested through Baren, a town near the Afghan border, resulting in violence that left at least two dozen people dead.
In 1997, amid a wave of bombings and assassinations, a protest by several hundred Uighurs in the city of Yining against religious restrictions turned into an anti-Chinese uprising that left at least 10 dead.
In both cases pro-independence groups said the death tolls were several times higher, and the government never conducted a public investigation into the events.
Last Edit: Jul 6, 2009 10:53:29 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
140 people have been killed and more than eight-hundred injured during violence in Urumqi, the capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. That's according to Xinjiang Public Security Department, which says the death toll is likely to climb.
Local government authorities say a separatist group masterminded Sunday's violence, aiming to sabotage the country.
Rioters took to the street of Urumqi on Sunday evening.
They began by gathering, marching and demonstrating which then culminated in violent acts.
An initial investigation shows the violence was masterminded by the separatist group -- World Uyghur Congress.
The group is led by Rebiya Kadeer -- a former Chinese businesswoman.
The group has recently been instigating unrest via the Internet and by other means calling on the rioters "to be braver" and "to do something big."
The Xinjiang regional government says terrorism, separatism and extremism... are behind the violence.
The Xinjiang regional government also says instigators began spreading information on the Internet on Saturday evening, calling for a demonstration in Urumqi.
And they say, on Sunday Rebiya called on her accomplices in the country to further incite unrest.
Regional government authorities say the situation is now under control.
Regional government authorities say police have arrested several hundred participants, including more than ten key figures who fanned the unrest. Police say they are still searching for about 90 other key figures behind the unrest.
Winning the cold war, means this, the other guys propaganda machine went away and yours was still here, and this video proves it.
And this is why I don't join on the bandwagon when it comes to Iran, I don't trust anything the western misinformation comes up with, unless I can verify it first. This guy they are rooting for is accused of being behind the attack of the u.s. base in beirut in the 80s (he was PM at the time). Western media has no respect for anything... while the current President was one of the students who spoke out against taking over the u.s. embassy in tehran after khomeini came to power (fact)...this makes me wonder in amazement..
Last Edit: Jul 6, 2009 21:11:42 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
The regional government says initial investigations show the violence was masterminded by the separatist World Uyghur Congress led by Rebiya Kadeer.
The World Uyghur Congress has recently been instigating unrest via the Internet and by other means calling on the rioters "to be braver" and "to do something big."
The World Uyghur Congress has recently been instigating unrest via the Internet and by other means calling on the rioters "to be braver" and "to do something big."
The Congress is led by the businesswoman Rebiya Kadeer.
Rebiya Kadeer was born in 1951 in Xinjiang. After reforming and opening-up in the late 1970s, she rented a shop to start her business. Her successes as a businesswoman earned her the local nickname "the millionaires" and became a member of the 8th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.
In March 2000, Rebiya Kadeer was sentenced to eight years in prison by the Xinjiang Intermediate Court for providing national intelligence to overseas organizations. During her imprisonment, she requested to be released on medical parole. Local judicial departments agreed on humanitarian grounds.
On March 11, 2005, Rebiya Kadeer went to the US on medical parole. Upon her release, she promised never to do anything that harms national interests.
In August 2005, CPC Politburo member and Xinjiang Regional Party Secretary Wang Lequan told the press that Rebiya Kadeer didn't keep her promise. She was colluding with leaders of terrorist, secessionist, extremist, and criminal organizations. She was organizing and plotting activities that aim to split China. She also asked her childrren to liquidate their assets and transfer the money to an offshore account and settled the children overseas.
Last Edit: Jul 7, 2009 12:28:10 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
RussiaToday June 15, 2009 www.youtube.com/watch?v=utED6wrO07c&feature=channel_page In an interview with Chinese media, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev discussed the bond between the two countries, the upcoming Russian-Chinese summit and some details of his personal life. RT presents the full version.
Chinese students laugh at Geithner's assurances
Geithner Tells China Its Dollar Assets Are Safe
By Glenn Somerville Reuters Monday, June 1, 2009
BEIJING -- U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Monday reassured the Chinese government that its huge holdings of dollar assets are safe and reaffirmed his faith in a strong U.S. currency.
A major goal of Geithner's maiden visit to China as Treasury chief is to allay concerns that Washington's bulging budget deficit and ultra-loose monetary policy will fan inflation, undermining both the dollar and U.S. bonds.
China is the biggest foreign owner of U.S. Treasury bonds. U.S. data shows that it held $768 billion in Treasuries as of March, but some analysts believe China's total U.S. dollar-denominated investments could be twice as high.
"Chinese assets are very safe," Geithner said in response to a question after a speech at Peking University, where he studied Chinese as a student in the 1980s.
His answer drew loud laughter from his student audience, reflecting scepticism in China about the wisdom of a developing country accumulating a vast stockpile of foreign reserves instead of spending the money to raise living standards at home.
The Beijing-based Global Times greeted Geithner by publishing a survey of Chinese economists who called big holdings of U.S. debt "risky."
Geithner renewed pledges that the Obama administration would cut its huge fiscal deficits and promised "very disciplined" future spending, possibly including reintroduction of pay-as-you-go budget rules instead of nonstop borrowing.
"We have the deepest and most liquid markets for risk-free assets in the world. We're committed to bring our fiscal deficits down over time to a sustainable level.
"We believe in a strong dollar ... and we're going to make sure that we repair and reform the financial system so that we sustain confidence," he said.
Geithner also offered strong backing for a bigger Chinese role in international policymaking.
"China is already too important to the global economy not to have a full seat at the international table," he said.
Geithner, who is due to meet President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao during two days of talks, described the recession as still "powerful and dangerous" in much of the world.
Recent signs of improvement were not enough to change an International Monetary Fund prediction that world output would shrink this year for the first time in 60 years. And credit was likely to be tight for some time, Geithner said.
But he added: "The global recession seems to be losing force."
Moreover, the U.S. financial system was healing and it now seemed assured that the world would avoid financial collapse and deflation.
But Geithner said there could be no return to business as usual either for the United States or China: Both must change their growth strategies as U.S. consumers pay down debt after years of living beyond their means.
For China, which he said was in "an enviably strong position" that meant reducing its dependence on export-oriented growth.
"Purchases of U.S. consumers cannot be as dominant a driver of growth as they have been in the past," he said.
"In China ... growth that is sustainable will require a very substantial shift from external to domestic demand, from an investment and export-intensive growth to growth led by consumption."
To that end, Geithner said, a more flexible exchange-rate regime for the yuan, which would almost certainly see the value of the Chinese currency rise against the dollar, was particularly important because it would spur more Chinese demand.
A stronger yuan would make imports cheaper for China and Chinese exports more costly for foreign buyers.
Geithner offered U.S. backing for a higher-profile role for China in running global institutions including the IMF -- a controversial proposition since it raises the sensitive issue of reducing Europe's voting share in the global lender.
"The United States will fully support having China play a role in the principal cooperative arrangements that help shape the international system, a role that is commensurate with China's importance in the global economy," he said.
In words clearly intended to soothe Chinese concerns that its vibrant export economy might be targeted by U.S. lawmakers who are feeling pressure from soaring American joblessness, Geithner said the Obama administration would resist any such moves.
"As we go through the severe stresses of this crisis, we must not turn our backs on open trade and investment," he said. "In return, we expect increased opportunities to export to and invest in the Chinese economy."
Geithner said he was hopeful that General Motors Corp. and Chrysler would be able to stand on their own feet once they emerge from bankruptcy.
GM will file for bankruptcy on Monday, U.S. officials said, forcing the 100-year-old automaker once seen as a symbol of American economic might into a new and uncertain era of government ownership.
"We want a quick, clean exit as soon as conditions permit," Geithner said. "We're very optimistic these firms will emerge (from restructuring) without further government assistance."
US slips, China soars in Fortune company rankings.
Jul 9 04:21 AM US/Eastern AFP
The number of US companies featured in a emminent business magazine's annual list of the world's top 500 global companies fell to its lowest level ever, Fortune magazine has said, while more Chinese firms appeared than ever before.
Signaling the effects of the devastating financial crisis on the US economy, a non-US firm topped the list for the first time in over a decade, with Anglo-Dutch energy giant Royal Dutch Shell coming in first.
The firm brought in 15 billion dollars (11 billion euros) more in sales than second place oil rival Exxon Mobil of the United States.
China, Asia's ever-soaring powerhouse economy, saw its fortunes rise across the board with a Chinese firm -- oil giant Sinopec -- appearing in the top 10 for the first time, the magazine reported Wednesday.
Sinopec, also known as China Petroleum & Chemical Corp, supplies 80 some percent of China's fuel.
Overall, China had an unprecedented total of 37 companies featured on the list, with nine new entries and the others climbing in the rankings.
The business publication meanwhile said US-based Wal-Mart Stores slid from last year's top spot to third, with revenues of over 405 billion dollars.
But the number of US firms in the top 500 fell to 140, the lowest since Fortune began the list 1995.
Japan was in second with 68 firms, while France and Germany narrowly edged out China with 40 and 39 firms respectively.
In full, number one Shell had 458 billion dollars in revenue, and Exxon Mobil had 442.8 billions in revenue.
In fourth place came British oil giant BP (367 billion dollars), followed by US oil firm Chevron (263 billion); French oil firm Total (234.6 billion); US oil firm ConocoPhillips (230.7 billion); Dutch insurance conglomerate ING Group (226.5 billion), Sinopec (207.8 billion) and Japan's Toyota Motor (204 billion).
Seven of the top ten were oil firms and only one was an automobile company.
Of the US firms to disappear from the list entirely were household names slammed by the global economic crisis -- among them AIG, Freddie Mac and Lehman Brothers, while the rising US firms were Google, Amazon and Nike.
In announcing the rankings, Fortune noted a US National Intelligence Council report called Global Trends 2025 that said if the current trends continue "by 2025 China will have the world's second largest economy."
According to a 2008 study by the US research organization Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, China's economy will overtake that of the United States by 2035 and be twice its size by midcentury.
The Fortune ranking is based only on revenues, while other rankings use profits or other factors.
Among the biggest losers was the Detroit, Michigan auto stalwart General Motors -- currently undergoing mammoth bankruptcy proceedings after reporting a net loss of more than 30 billion dollars in 2008.
China asks Pakistan, other countries to unearth links with Urumqi violence
The Times of India ^ | 8 July 2009
BEIJING: Even as additional security personnel and machinery poured into Urumqi, the Chinese foreign ministry has got into action asking several countries including Pakistan to prove their friendship by taking a stand on the issue.
Beijing wants several countries to unearth the links between their citizens and the World Uyghur Congress.
A worried Hu Jintao, secretary-general of the Communist Party of China and the country's president left the G8 summit in Italy and rushed back to Beijing on Tuesday night as it dawned on Chinese authorities that the Urumqi violence might set off a chain reaction and eventually affect the party position.
The Communist Party boss of Urumqi said the local government will seek death penalty for those involved in the killing of 156 people during the orgy of violence on Sunday. Li Zhi, the local party boss, said the streets of the city are totally under the control of security forces.
The authorities also launched a concentrated effort to connect with all communities with the help of leaflets dropped from airplanes and appeals made through loud speakers telling people to stay calm and eschew violence.
Li made a significant revelation saying most of those detained for the violence were young students. This may not be good news for authorities, who were hoping that the young would be charmed by promises of modern development instead of carrying forward the old struggle for an independent East Turkmenistan nation.
A section of Uyghur Muslims have been demanding a separate nation in the northwest Chinese region of Xinjiang for many years.
China wants several countries including Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Germany and the United States to help unearth links between their local citizens and the World Uyghur Congress, which Beijing considers to be behind the violence in Urumqi. One report suggested that foreign ministry officials are in talks with envoys of Afghanistan posted in Beijing on the issue.
The government had earlier issued a white paper, which showed that a large number of Xinjiang terrorists have been trained in training bases in Pakistan. The Turkic speaking Uygurs have close links with Kazakhstan and Turkey while the WUC operates from Germany and United States.
Russia came out with a statement confirming that it "views the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region as an inalienable part of the People's Republic of China and considers that events there are purely the internal affair of China". The statement was apparently issued after persuasion from Beijing.
The moves suggest that China has further evidence about rioters in Urumqi getting support from sources based in foreign countries. But reports from the northwestern city suggest that there was still a high level of fear and distrust among both the Ughyur and majority Han communities about a possible reoccurrence of violence.
TsarSamuil: Medicines aren't allowed to be sold on the market without a 15 year trial period, to determine short n long term effects. Sputnik just turned 1 year, others not even that, just months, how can we determine long term effects without the data from long term
Aug 24, 2021 11:22:20 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: exposure? Does anyone have a time machine to go 14 years or so into the future n come back n say whether we have good vaccines? Fear makes world abandon its own standards..Besides, vaccines for other illnesses that have been developed for YEARS actually
Aug 24, 2021 11:23:40 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: help. These covid vaccines are literally SHIT, why else do they demand you take 1, 2 n now 3 shots? The problem is also a disease becomes resilient if u administer a weak vaccine that doesn't do the job proper. Allow illness to survive just makes it strong
Aug 24, 2021 11:25:04 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: instead if we go by the book, we should all wait for a really good vaccine to take out the illness for good. Now...we may never get rid of it..but understandably the world economy has a hard time dealing with lock downs, but that is just needless panic
Aug 24, 2021 11:27:06 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: why Swe had fared well with country not being locked down? Because they are cold people, keeping distance was the thing before covid-19 was ever heard of, I hope world doesn't become like that, but some could use a little common sense n change in behavior.
Aug 24, 2021 11:29:12 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: It's no wonder covid hits so many Arabs in the country, stupid bastards..
Aug 24, 2021 11:29:38 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: If I go to H&M a new shirt, if an Arab wants to buy a pair of pants, not only is his whole family along, his friends, even his freaking grandmother is along n all chattering along in a big dumb group of ignorance..
Aug 24, 2021 11:33:05 GMT -5
Boro: Thx for the response. I'm not sure... It seems the vaccines work, at least people aren't dying of Covid. Those who get ill have a problem, it's not "just a flu". Maybe it's from a chinese laboratory, who knows...
Aug 24, 2021 13:46:55 GMT -5
Boro: I agree regarding Arabs..
Aug 24, 2021 13:50:39 GMT -5
Boro: Be glad, Sweden isn't overpopulated.
Aug 24, 2021 14:11:49 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: true, vaccines do help somewhat, maybe better than nothing..I hope in 2022 we can come out of this nightmare..
Aug 24, 2021 15:38:24 GMT -5
Boro: Horrible times, indeed.
Aug 24, 2021 15:47:41 GMT -5