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CHINA: The speech by Bush at Tsinghua University

Here is an excerpt from an article, sent by Paul Simon, from the South China Morning Post. It can serve as an introduction to the posting on the speech by President Bush at TsinghuaUniversity:

"University Students Eagerly Anticipate Debate Against (!) Bush : As US President George W. Bush's visit to China and his scheduled speech in Tsinghua University approach, students of top universities in China are preparing tough questions on controversial topics for Mr Bush, although some of them speculate that only selected students will have the chance to ask questions, and that questions will be censored by the authorities. Using the Internet as an efficient communication tool, students around the country have posted their questions through chat rooms. Is the US holding a double standard when China is supportive of US' anti-terrorism call, yet US doesn't recognize China's effort against Xingjiang separatists as anti-terrorism act, one student proposed to ask. Human rights is easily another sensitive subject. Is US treating human rights in Afghanistan and America with equal weight as the war in Afghanistan has caused deaths of innocent people? Another proposed question centered around the recent incident in which Chinese President Jiang Zeming's personal Boeing jet was found to be bugged after it was delivered from US to China. Who else but the CIA could have done it, one surfer urged to ask Mr Bush to explain the 27 bugs allegedly found on the airplane. While many students eagerly came up with tough questions, some chatters were cynical about the whole event, as they believed not all the tough questions would be able to get to Mr Bush during the speech, which is to be broadcast live nationwide. Only students handpicked by officials will be allowed to participate in the debate, the chatters said, and questions hostile to the US are likely to be screened out". They recalled that in July 1998, when then US President Bill Clinton delivered his speech at Peking University, 800 selected students were at the site".

Ronald Hilton - 2/22/02