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PRESS ORDERED TO FAN HATRED OF TIBETAN 'CLIQUE'
By Chris O'Brien The Washington Times March 21, 2008
BEIJING Throughout the crisis in Tibet, images of Tibetan
rioters attacking ethnic Han Chinese have been shown over and
over on Chinese television.
Chinese officials have ordered the Chinese press to "incite
patriotism and hatred of the Dalai Lama clique" among the
Heavy Internet censorship ensured that many international
news Web sites were intermittently blocked and that comments
contrary to the Communist Party line were deleted from online
But support for the government has flooded Chinese language
Internet chat rooms, with anger often expressed against Tibetans
for hurting China's image, especially with the Summer Olympics
just months away.
"Your average Chinese citizen would have to be very
conscientious indeed to break through the wall of skewed facts
now facing the nation," said David Bandurski, project researcher
for Hong Kong University's China Media Project.
China blanketed restive Tibetan areas yesterday with a huge
buildup of troops, turning small towns across a wide swath of
western China into armed encampments, the Associated Press
Chinese officials also acknowledged for the first time
yesterday that last week's anti-government protests had spread
far beyond Tibet's borders.
In an overture of peace, the Dalai Lama offered to meet with
Chinese President Hu Jintao and other leaders, reiterating that
he was not asking for Tibetan independence.