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On Swiss Uighurs, UN Dodges, China Accuses US of Post-Torture Double Standards, Won't Cooperate, Iran Talks?

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, February 26 -- With China having protested Switzerland's decision to accept from Guantanamo Bay two Uighurs, Inner City Press asked both China diplomats and UN counter terrorism officials about the case. The officials, from the UN's Committee on Security Council Resolution 1267, dodged the question by pointing to the narrow scope of their work.

  Inner City Press asked, is the East Turkestan Islamic Movement on the 1267 list, does it exist, and are its alleged members supposed to be return to the accusing country, China?

  The answer was that the 1267 committee only deals with travel bans and asset freezes. It was said that perhaps the U.S. and China had a duty to notify the Committee -- until it was explain that the two Uighurs are not named on the list. Organizational bans do not automatically apply to all of a group's members, they said.

The Chinese diplomats were more straight forward. "I am always amazed why America does this -- if the two are no threat, settle them here, this is an immigration country. But if you think they are dangerous for national security, as we believe, then why not return them to us?"

  Inner City Press responded that some of the Uighurs, it seems, were just leather jacket merchants in Afghanistan. The Chinese diplomat said, "some re-engage in terrorism. Under the Bush administration, America invited Chinese police to Guantanamo Bay to talk to these guys. Now they say the two would be tortured in China. But they have already been tortured in Guantanamo Bay. We cannot beat the record of the Americans."

Three Uighurs arrive in Bermuda in 2009, Swiss, China and Iran not shown

  A second Chinese diplomat walked over. "And now the Americans ask us to cooperate," he said, shaking his head.

Footnote: China's Mission to the UN is, it seems, boycotting effort to impose more sanctions on Iran. The Number One is leaving, and the Number Two, while smiling, is leaving too. Is Hillary Clinton's timeline of an Iran resolution in 30 to 60 days realistic? Watch this site.

At UN, China Says It's Slandered, No Haiti Relations Due to Taiwan

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, January 28 -- "China does not have diplomatic relations with Haiti," a senior Chinese diplomat confirmed to Inner City Press over spicy shredded chicken Thursday night at the Chinese Mission to the UN. The reason is that Haiti still recognizes Taiwan.

"But we search our search and rescue," the diplomat continued. Inner City Press informed him that the UN, earlier this week, told the Press that the Chinese search and rescue team, after digging out Chinese casualties under the Christopher Hotel, "returned to Beijing."

"That's just a rumor," the diplomat protested, adding the UN humanitarian chief "John Holmes denied that." But UN Haiti spokesman David Winhurst said that it was true, the Chinese "returned to Beijing."

"We don't care that they think," another Chinese diplomat told Inner City Press.

  Inner City Press had suggested that whoever becomes the next Chinese Ambassador to the UN make more of an effort of stating the country's position at the stakeout, as for example both the French and American Ambassadors have done in recent days. The diplomat shrugged. "If you want clarifications or facts, you can call us. But we don't care what they think."

  About the International Monetary Fund requiring a reduction in size of the "Chinese" deal with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Chinese diplomat scoffed that it was a deal not by the Chinese government, but "companies." He said of the Joseph Kabila government, "They are sitting on riches but don't have the money to dig them out. We provide that, and the give us minerals, like copper."

He added that the Chinese deal with Guinea, right after the 2009 massacre, was by a Hong Kong based company.

In Haiti, China's search, shredded chicken and slander not shown

At the Chinese end of Security Council presidency reception on Thursday night, the Permanent Representatives of such Council members as Russia, the UK, Brazil, Mexico and Austria milled around with the Sudanese counterpart. The US was represented by Deputy Alejandro Wolff.

General Assembly President Ali Treki, with bodyguard, put in an appearance. There was Moutai -- cut off when one reporter got too boisterous -- and blackened pepper steak. "We don't care what they think," the diplomat had said -- but this did not appear to apply to, or undermine, the Mission's hospitality. But African resource deals? Watch this site.

 Click here for an Inner City Press YouTube channel video, mostly UN Headquarters footage, about civilian deaths in Sri Lanka.

Click here for Inner City Press' March 27 UN debate

Click here for Inner City Press March 12 UN (and AIG bailout) debate

Click here for Inner City Press' Feb 26 UN debate

Click here for Feb. 12 debate on Sri Lanka

Click here for Inner City Press' Jan. 16, 2009 debate about Gaza

Click here for Inner City Press' review-of-2008 UN Top Ten debate

Click here for Inner City Press' December 24 debate on UN budget, Niger

Click here from Inner City Press' December 12 debate on UN double standards

Click here for Inner City Press' November 25 debate on Somalia, politics

and this October 17 debate, on Security Council and Obama and the UN.

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