Originally published by Washington Post,January 31, 2011
By Andrew Higgins and Keith B. Richburg
HONG KONG – Could the popular revolt against authoritarian regimes of the Middle East ever spread to China, the world’s most populous nation? And if so, does the United States have a policy to deal with it?
The ticklish question has been hovering in the background since the “Jasmine Revolution” street uprising toppled the president of Tunisia two weeks ago. It has only gained in urgency as the demonstrations spread to Yemen, Jordan and then Egypt – threatening President Hosni Mubarak’s near-30-year-grip on power.
A Chinese blogger first posed the query to President Obama’s chief Asia expert during a videoconference from the White House Situation Room with eight Mainland bloggers.
“In my view, many Chinese netizens and intellectuals believe that China’s future is Tunisia-ization,” noted the Beijing-based blogger, 2Keqi, in the web chat with Jeffrey Bader, the National Security Council’s senior director for Asian affairs. “Does the American government make this same assessment and does it have a policy plan” in the event that China takes such a turbulent path?
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Karmapa Lama under suspicion after large amount of cash is discovered on his property in India
Originally published by VOA News,January 31, 2011
By Kurt Achin | New Delhi
Karmapa Lama, the third highest ranking Lama, pauses during an interview with Reuters in the northern Indian hill town of Dharamsala March 2, 2009.
A senior Chinese official has stepped forward to quash suspicions the Tibetan Buddhist leader known as the Karmapa Lama may be an agent of Beijing. Indian police have been interrogating the Karmapa Lama after finding large amounts of cash on his property.
In a remark widely quoted by Indian media Monday, Chinese Communist Party official Xu Zhitao dismissed what he called “speculation by India’s media, regarding the matter of the Karmapa [Lama] as a Chinese agent or spy.” He says India’s reporting on an investigation into the Tibetan monk’s affairs are a sign, in his words, that India harbors a “mistrustful attitude toward China.”
Last week, Indian police said they found nearly a million dollars in dozens of currencies, including Chinese Yuan, at monasteries and other locations connected to the Karmapa. They have taken several of his aides into custody.
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