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Free Tibet: Chinese diplomats trying to limit free speech in US
The Indian Express ^ | Sunday, September 16, 2012 | Agencies

Posted on 09/16/2012 11:01:38 AM PDT by Jyotishi

Washington - Accusing Chinese diplomats stationed in the US of attempting to limit free speech, US lawmakers have said that a recent move to push a little known American city to remove a mural on 'free Tibet' and 'Taiwan independence' is "a grave affront".

"Limitations on speech and expression are incompatible with fundamental human rights anywhere in the world, and an attempt by your representatives to limit freedom of speech in the United States is a grave affront", Oregon Senator Ron Wyden said in a letter to the Chinese Ambassador to the US Zhang Yesui.

Wyden wrote the strongly worded letter to Zhang after the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco wrote a letter requesting that the City of Corvallis "adopt effective measures to stop the activities advocating 'Tibet Independence' and 'Taiwan Independence'."

The letter was referring to a mural painted on a building owned by David Lin.

Two officials from the consulate flew to Corvallis to further pressure city officials to remove the mural.

Similar views were echoed by another Congressman Peter DeFazio from Oragon saying he was "shocked and appalled".

"They are trying to pressure the mayor of the City of Corvallis to compel a local businessman to remove a mural dedicated to free Tibet and Taiwan independence from his downtown building.

"It was characterised by the local newspaper as a shakedown because the original letter broadly hinted that it might be in Corvallis' best interest economically to cooperate with the request," DeFazio said in his speech on the floor of the US House of Representatives.

"I am shocked and appalled that apparently Chinese professional diplomats have failed to read the Constitution of the United States of America before travelling here to represent their country," he said.

"This represents the basis of our representative democracy, our freedom of speech, and our rights, and it will not be bullied by China or any other overseas interest", DeFazio said, adding that the Chinese consul general recently sent a letter to the mayor of Corvallis, a small city in his district.

The letter was followed up by personal visits by the vice consul and the deputy consul general.

TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; constitution; mural; taiwan; tibet; usa

1 posted on 09/16/2012 11:01:46 AM PDT by Jyotishi
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To: Jyotishi

Leftists.... Muslims.... Get in line Xi Jinping!

2 posted on 09/16/2012 11:05:36 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Jyotishi

My friends in Taiwan don’t talk with me about China or freedoms. They believe that everything they say or write is monitored.

3 posted on 09/16/2012 11:06:10 AM PDT by MarMema (freedom for Amir)
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To: Jyotishi

The Moslems are rioting, the Mexicans marching, the blacks are beating up whites, the Chinamen interfering in our local politics. Repeat after me: “Our Diversity Is Our Strength!”

4 posted on 09/16/2012 11:07:12 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Jyotishi

China will have to get in line behind the Islamists

5 posted on 09/16/2012 11:20:02 AM PDT by tsowellfan (Obama blaming Freedom of Speech for Al Qaeda attack on Embassies in Libya and Egypt on Sept 11)
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To: MarMema

I’ll do it for them.
Shove it Chi-Coms!

6 posted on 09/16/2012 11:35:49 AM PDT by RedMDer (
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To: Jyotishi
We don't care ANYTHING about Tibet, the Tibetans, the Dalai Llama at all in our family. Even removed a Tibet bumper sticker from a car we bought.

However, China is not going to tell us whether we can support them or not. Let's move to logic: Do we have a right to tell anyone in China what to think or whom they can represent? If not, then what gives China the right to tell us what we can think and whom we can represent?

Does this mean that China is planning the use of force to establish that precedent? Seems to me that is the case or they would not be doing things like this. We are facing war and only a few Americans seem to realize it.

If we had a government with any sense of values and backbone. The consular official who interfered in local matters here would be deported immediately. Any other diplomatic officials or recent arrivals would be clearly informed not to do that again. What are you planning to do China, kill all of us who disagree with you? You might succeed. But, like Rome, Babylon and all of the rest, God will bring to you what you deserve.

7 posted on 09/16/2012 11:48:41 AM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: Jyotishi; All

As long as Liberals and PhonyCons continue to support Free Trade with Communist China, this nonsense from Communist China will continue

Too many here in America complain about Communist China, yet continue to aid them by supporting Free Trade with them. Slap large tariffs on the Communist Chinese, and this nonsense stops.

Where are the ChiComs going to sell their products? Europe? Yeah, right.

8 posted on 09/16/2012 12:15:48 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Blaming Terry Jones for the recent Muslim riots is like blaming the St Louis Rams for football)
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To: Army Air Corps

pei ping

9 posted on 09/16/2012 1:01:28 PM PDT by TigersEye ( - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: Candor7

Dharma ping

10 posted on 09/16/2012 1:02:05 PM PDT by TigersEye ( - OPSEC (give them support))
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