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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.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Zhao Ziyang: China’s last Communist?

Zhao addressing students in Tiananmen Square flanked by today's premier Wen JiabaoMuch has been said about Zhao Ziyang and his role in the Tiananman Square massacre.

Most commentators have lauded him as a "hero" of democracy for his tearful appearance in front of the student demonstrators with then aide Wen Jaibao, the current premier, in tow.

But one forgets, I think, that a person does not get to the top echelons of the Chinese Communist Party without a deep rooted conviction to the ideals that institution espouses.

This excellent short article linked to below succinctly shows Zhao's history.

Yes he went to Tiananman, yes he cried, but not for democracy. Perhaps for the lives he knew would be lost, but more, I would say, for fear of the Chineses Communist Party's demise.

His fall from grace that led to his 16 year house arrest was not because of Tiananman, nor was it for for any leanings towards democracy. His fall from grace was decided much earlier than that epoch event.

Zhao as a "hero of democracy" is a western beat up.

That having been said he was, in his own right, way ahead of most of his contempories and did much for what is today's China.

"China’s last Communist?" The New Vision online: Uganda's leading daily

Beijing hiring fewer Tibetans in state jobs

As has been occurring in Xinjiang since the Cultural Revolution it would appear that the Chinese government is subtly increasing the number and relativity of Han Chinese involved in Government jobs in Tibet.

The London-based Tibet Information Network (TIN) is reported in the article as saying that "dramatic changes" in the number and relativity of Tibetans in state jobs and blames this on Beijing's "discriminating policies". TIN claims that in 2000 Tibetans held 71.6 percent of state cadre jobs in the TAR (Tibetan Autonomous Region) however, since 2000 the number has declined sharply to 49.7 percent in 2003.

Whilst Xinjiang and Tibet are nominally "Autonomous Regions" both have witnessed not only a huge increase in the Han population of the regions but also the significant infiltration of Han Chinese into important positions of administration and government. Both factors combining to increasingly dilute real control and influence by the Uygurs and Tibetans in their own affairs.

Another subtle step toward the total "sinofication" of these significant ethnic regions.

Beijing hiring fewer Tibetans in state jobs: report :