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Liberty Times: China's 'internal affairs'
Central News Agency
2014-09-05 11:11 AM
Beijing officials have busied themselves by criticizing the United States, the United Kingdom and even Taiwan for "meddling in China's internal affairs" after these governments expressed concern over China's restriction on Hong Kong's first public election of its chief executive set for 2017. Ironically, China itself has a long history of meddling in the internal affairs of other countries, particularly energy-rich nations in Africa. In late August, 90-year-old Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who has been in office for 34 years and is considered a dictator in the West, was welcomed to China with military honors. China's interference in Zimbabwe dates back to the previous century when it provided financial support for Mugabe to fight against white minority rule. China had a role in managing several political scandals involving Mugabe in recent years. In 2008, Mugabe was accused of vote fraud during that year's presidential election. China backed it up by vetoing a United Nations Security Council resolution seeking sanctions against the southern African country, tantamount to endorsing Mugabe's election rigging. The 2013 election was similarly shadowed by allegations of fraud, and two China-invested diamond development companies reportedly provided 500 million British pounds to Mugabe to help him win the race. Further north, China has numerous investments in Sudan, and Beijing has opposed sanctions against its African ally over government-sanctioned genocide in the Darfur region so that it can continue to collude with corrupt Sudanese officials to secure oil supplies. And of course, China has also tried to influence the outcome of Taiwan's presidential elections using methods ranging from missile threats to verbal intimidation. The latest case of Hong Kong demonstrates the danger of being part of China's "internal affairs." This allows China to shut its doors and engage in domestic violence, leaving the neighbors without a chance even to knock on the doors to show concern. (Editorial abstract -- Sept. 5, 2014) (By Y.F. Low)
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