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Beijing sets 'bulldog of Tibet' on its Catholics
By Clifford Coonan







The hardline official who led Beijing's tough response to the Dalai Lama and his Tibetan Buddhist supporters has shifted jobs to tackle a new target: the country's embattled Catholics.

Zhang Qingli, known as the "Tibetan bulldog", has been made Communist Party Secretary of Hebei province, which is home to around a quarter of China's Roman Catholics and where tensions between the state and the Vatican run at their highest.

The appointment was revealed as a Chinese court sentenced a Tibetan Buddhist monk to 11 years in jail for hiding another monk who set himself on fire. The death was seen as a protest against China's heavy-handed controls on Tibetan Buddhism and provoked a stand-off between security forces and monks.

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Catholics are required to join the official Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, which has five million members and has repeatedly angered Rome by naming bishops without the Vatican's approval.

The Holy See estimates that about eight million Chinese Catholics worship secretly in churches not recognised by the government and many of these are in Hebei, which surrounds Beijing and has a population of 70 million. During his time in Lhasa, Mr Zhang gained a reputation as an unyielding party secretary of the heavily Buddhist region. He was particularly well known for his tough stance against the exiled Dalai Lama, and once described him as "a wolf in monk's robes, a devil with a human face but the heart of a beast".

Relations between Beijing and the Holy See worsened late last year after Pope Benedict XVI's Christmas Day message deplored the persecution of Chinese Catholics. Last month, the Vatican denounced the ordination of a Chinese bishop without papal approval and excommunicated him. Much to Beijing's irritation, the Vatican is one of a handful of states that extends diplomatic recognition to the self-ruled island of Taiwan.

The US-based Cardinal Kung Foundation, which highlights the cases of oppressed priests in China, says there are 25 underground bishops, and all of them are either in jail, under house arrest, under strict surveillance, or in hiding.

All eight priests listed as prisoners by the foundation are from Hebei province, while most of the missing or jailed bishops come from there.
Do you want to send China a message?  Boycott Wall-Mart.
The title of this thread shoud read The Chinese are our real enemy.

As the title is written, it sounds like it was written by someone who's first language is not English. Perhaps someone from China!

But, anyway, folks, it doesn't matter. They will conquer us and declare:

ALL YOUR BASES ARE BELONG TO US!

No, wait, that's Japan. Nevermind.
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Besides the US, there are a few countries in the world who eye China suspiciously and some of them would be a problem for China should it ever decide to get really belligerent: India, Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam all come to mind, and China has had problems with these nations throughout history. There's also the possibility of China turning on Russia sometime down the road.
(08-31-2011, 01:50 AM)mikemac Wrote: [ -> ]Do you want to send China a message?  Boycott Wall-Mart.

Tell it to the unemployed American's who can't afford anything else. 
The Chinese, what, does Gingrich post here now??
I'd say it's both Russia and China that are the real threat. 
(08-31-2011, 07:03 PM)irmatvep Wrote: [ -> ]I'd say it's both Russia and China that are the real threat. 

From a military/economic perspective, sure.

From a cultural perspective, I can see Russia embracing its pre-Bolshevik past more and more every year. China will also inevitably give up the Communist ruse sooner or later and the Middle Kingdom will be reborn.
(08-31-2011, 07:13 PM)The_Harlequin_King Wrote: [ -> ]
(08-31-2011, 07:03 PM)irmatvep Wrote: [ -> ]I'd say it's both Russia and China that are the real threat. 

From a military/economic perspective, sure.

From a cultural perspective, I can see Russia embracing its pre-Bolshevik past more and more every year. China will also inevitably give up the Communist ruse sooner or later and the Middle Kingdom will be reborn.

I heard an interview on Local Catholic Radio the other from a dude who works in some sort of ministry out there.He says the Chinese have built a colossal police state,way worse now than in the 80s.No doubt to counter the discontent with gov that comes with material improvement.
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