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Country of lies and half-truths

posted 29 Apr 2015, 14:46 by HKIP News   [ updated 29 Apr 2015, 14:47]

Three things happened in recent days that cast doubt on the trustworthiness of those running the country in China.

On 25th and 26th April, a large group of protesters were seen gathering in the streets of Hong Kong denouncing Falun Gong, a religious cult that has long been a thorn in the side of the Chinese government. It later transpired that those were fake Hongkongers bused in from China, many of whom were speaking Mandarin, not the native tongue of Hong Kong. The Central Liaison Office, which represents Beijing's interests in Hong Kong, are often behind this kind of manoeuvres.

The Foreign Ministry of Japan recently published a report suggesting that, in view of its rising economic power, China could possibly "play a major role" in the region in years to come. When China subsequently relayed this on its Japanese-language news website, it claimed that Japan estimated that it would play a "controlling role".

While the world was shaken up by news of the massive earthquake in Nepal, Beijing announced that it would spare no effort to repatriate Its people caught up in the disaster. However, as it turned out, hundreds of Chinese nationals were left stranded at the airport in Kathmandu.

These episodes certainly do not bode well for the veracity of pronouncements coming from Beijing.