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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Chinese Vice PM meets Australian Minister

New Yorks Grand central Staion. Pic courtesy of Grand Central Shoping Center ManagaementI would hate to be the carpet cleaning sub-contractor for Beijing's government offices. Grand Central Station has never seen so much daily traffic.

If you read the Chinese Foreign Ministry website and see the number of foreign dignitaries that grace the carpets in Beijing on a daily and seemingly never ending basis you can understand why the country has so many problems: the leaders are too busy meeting and greeting.

There must be a queue out the front with hot dog concessionaires and coke sellers. Maybe some hawkers selling miniature Chinese flags and autographed photos of Mao.

I link to this article not because it is anything new, as I tried to illustrate above, but because the People's Daily called the Australians "Austrians."

A common problem for both Austria and us. You know, raise the wrong flag, play the wrong national anthem.

Totally understandable of course. There is some poor copy boy sitting in the People's Daily office trying to keep up with with an in tray of momentous proportions chronicalling the begging and groveling missions of every nation on earth oblivious obviously to China's ongoing human rights violations.

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Chinese Vice PM meets Australian, US guests