The Unbiased Xinhua!

On a hunch regarding the issue of biased reporting that China claims is being conducted by the Western media and specifically CNN I checked out the Xinhua English edition for April 19, 2008. The article dealt with the Chinese Americans protesting against the Dalai Lama’s separatist activities during the Dalai Lama’s stop in Rochester, Minnesota.
I went through the article then started searching out the U.S. material relevant to this story.
The results are interesting to say the least.
For those unfamiliar with the Xinhua it is the Chinese Communist Party’s official mouth piece which alone acts as the absolute source of Tibet related news in China. It is the paper that carried the Rochester incident story as – Chinese Americans protest against Dalai Lama’s separatist activities which you see below.

Chinese Americans protest against Dalai Lama’s separatist activities

www.chinaview.cn 2008-04-19 00:16:32

WASHINGTON (1) , April 18 (Xinhua) — American Chinese and Chinese students across the United States have been voluntarily and spontaneously staging a series of peaceful protests against the Dalai Lama’s separatist activities as he tours the country.
“Wherever Dalai goes, he will always meet protests from Chinese people and all peace-loving folks,” Ge Yan, a Chinese student studying in Minnesota, told Xinhua on Friday.
During the Dalai Lama’s stop in Rochester, Minnesota, on Wednesday, some 200 Chinese Americans and Chinese students lined up on the streets, condemning the Dalai clique’s attempts to sabotage the Beijing Olympics and expressing firm support for the Games and the torch relay.
The peaceful protesters have gained the attention of U.S. media and public, with the demonstrations being reported by many U.S. media organizations, including Minnesota Public Radio and KAAL TV.
During the Dalai Lama’s stop in Seattle earlier this week, hundreds of Chinese Americans and Chinese students held peaceful demonstrations against his separatist activities.
They are also planning peaceful protests in Washington D.C. and elsewhere.

Wherever Dalai goes, he will always meet protests from Chinese people and all peace-loving folks,” Ge Yan, a Chinese student studying in Minnesota, told Xinhua on Friday.
That is what was reported in Xinhua on Friday April 18, 2008. Now here is some info I was able to obtain at Phayul.com:

“And then I asked him back (the same question) and he said he got 350 dollars (US) from the Chinese government to protest against us (Tibetans and human rights activists). He specifically told us that lots of students, almost all of them were paid to protest against Tibetans,” he added.

Xinhua report:
During the Dalai Lama’s stop in Rochester, Minnesota, on Wednesday, some 200 Chinese Americans and Chinese students lined up on the streets, condemning the Dalai clique’s attempts to sabotage the Beijing Olympics and expressing firm support for the Games and the torch relay.
Report from The Buddhist Channel:
The Dalai Lama’s comments came during a day-long conference at Mayo Clinic’s Siebens Building titled “Investigating the Mind-Body Connection: The Science and Clinical Applications of Meditation.”
Outside, 30 to 35 demonstrators stood in front of the Mayo Building on Second Street Southwest.
Made up of mostly Chinese students studying at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, the group denounced riots in China in support of the “Free Tibet” cause.

And this Report from Minnesota Public radio .org
On the street outside the Mayo Clinic, about 50 pro-China demonstrators expressed their support for the Chinese government and its policies toward Tibet. They said the Dalai Lama should do more to stop the unrest in Tibet.
Some said the Tibet question should not be mixed up with the summer Olympics. Others said the western media are biased against China.

The Xinhua report states 200 protesters the MPR says 50 and the Biddhist Channel 30-35.
And what about this:

condemning the Dalai clique’s attempts to sabotage the Beijing Olympics and expressing firm support for the Games and the torch relay.
Compared to this:
A short giggle from the Dalai Lama could ignite the audience into a roar of laughter, but the 72-year-old Buddhist leader sat down to offer his spiritual knowledge to a group of world renounced (2) physicians and scientists.

World renounced physicians and scientist! These must be part of the Dalai’s clique’s that Xinhua is referring to.

As for the Seattle trip earlier that week:
Xinhua:
During the Dalai Lama’s stop in Seattle earlier this week, hundreds of Chinese Americans and Chinese students held peaceful demonstrations against his separatist activities.
MSNBC report:
The first event Friday, a dialogue between scientists and the Dalai Lama about early childhood development and compassion, went smoothly without any demonstrators on either side of the Tibet issue.
The Dalai Lama arrived in Seattle for the session Friday morning under heavy security with police on foot, motorcycles and horses. The only demonstrator outside the gathering site held a sign reading, “Free Taiwan, then Tibet.”

I leave it to my readers to decide.

Notes: (1) Have no idea why the word Washington appears here.

2) I believed the writer of this article meant to write “renowned” and instead wrote “renounced”. Since we are talking about biased reporting here I left the word as it appeared in the article and will let that organization make the correction should they read this post.

Hunterseeker

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