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EU helps China to cripple Dalai Lama’s charity

Posted in Uncategorized by Patrick Truax on March 16, 2008

By Christopher Booker
Last Updated: 12:01am GMT 16/03/2008
Tibet is in the news. Chinese troops in Lhasa are violently suppressing demonstrations that commemorate the rising 49 years ago which forced the Dalai Lama into exile.

Meanwhile, on the country’s northern edge, six months of snow and record low temperatures have created a catastrophe in the Chinese province of Chingai. According to China’s official news agency, 500,000 animals have died and three million people face starvation. When a similar if much smaller crisis 10 years ago hit Ladakh, in northern Kashmir, thousands of lives were saved by the expert intervention of a British charity, ApTibet, working with the Dalai Lama’s Tibetan Relief Committee.

No charity would be better placed to save lives in Chingai than ApTibet, of which the Dalai Lama is the patron. It has carried out more than 150 aid projects in India and Tibet, funded by many well-known trusts and individual donors, more than 50 of them co-financed by the European Commission (EC).

But this is no longer possible. Two years ago, after China and Europe became “strategic partners” under an agreement signed by Tony Blair, the EU’s acting president, in December 2005, the Commission suspended ApTibet’s operations because of its link to the Dalai Lama. Since then, it has done all it can to close the charity down, such as demanding repayment of €451,000 (£340,000) it had given ApTibet for a project in Chingai which it had approved, inspected and signed off as satisfactory.

The EC has become so ruthless in its desire to appease its “strategic partner” that it is now threatening to recoup a further £1.5 million from the charity it has already bankrupted, for other completed aid projects with which it had previously expressed satisfaction. It is also demanding legal costs of £75,000 for a court case brought by ApTibet’s trustees in fighting for the charity’s survival.

A different approach to Chamberlianism-economic forsaking of others to appease a larger power, in hopes that the the larger power eats them last. Great examples of this are the Sudetenland, repatriation of Ukrainian partisans after the war, and the disregard of the Hutu-Tutsi genocide, while war rages on in Europes backyard in the Balkans…

More on this from the Telegraph…

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