Karma K Sonam wrote:I emailed the BBC here in the UK to ask why this had recieved no coverage. I've yet to have a reply.
DEFT MOVES AT THE UN
The United Nations is becoming a powerful amplifier of the Chinese worldview. Unlike Russia, which comports itself with a swagger – enjoying its ability to overtly frustrate US and EU plans – China tends to opt for a conciliatory posture. It is prepared to veto things when it has to, but it prefers to hide behind others, and block things without getting the blame. In the run-up to the Iraq War, although China opposed military action, it allowed France, Germany and Russia to lead the international opposition to it. In 2005 when there was a debate about enlarging the United Nations Security Council, China encouraged African countries to demand their own seat with a veto which effectively killed off Japan’s bid for a permanent Security Council seat. Equally, Beijing has been willing to allow the Organization of Islamic States to take the lead in weakening the new Human Rights Council. This subtle diplomacy has been devastatingly effective – contributing to a massive fall in US influence: in 1995 the USA won 50.6 percent of the votes in the United Nations general assembly; by 2006, the figure had fallen to just 23.6 percent. On human rights, the results are even more dramatic: China’s win-rate has rocketed from 43 percent to 82 percent, while the USA’s has tumbled from 57 per cent to 22 percent. The New York Times’ UN correspondent James Traub has detected a paradigm shift in the United Nations’ operations: "it’s a truism that the Security Council can function only insofar as the United States lets it. The adage may soon be applied to China as well." Traub may be right. China’s capacity to influence the United Nations is increasing, and soon we may be complaining about Chinese behavior on big policy issues, rather than saying "if only the USA would act differently."
A series of self-immolations in protest against Chinese rule has shaken exiled Tibetans' faith in their spiritual leader and the path of non-violence.
At 76, the Dalai Lama has announced his retirement as a political leader, but retains his role as spiritual leader of some five million Tibetans.
But he has remained strangely quiet on the subject of the self-immolations - 32 of which have taken place in the past year alone.
"Now this is very, very sensitive political issue," he explains with due solemnity.
Exiled Tibetan monks are growing frustrated with the Dalai Lama's handling of self-immolations
"If I get involved in that, then the retirement from political power is meaningless. Whatever I say the Chinese government they immediately manipulate."
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