china will do anything to get rid of their bad rep/advertising

china might be buying the world out and probably remanufacture it again at a cheaper price…but i hate how they are trying to silence the uighur muslim minority from speaking out, broadcasting the evils they are ravaging on my fellow muslim brothers and sisters there…as well as those in tibet, taiwan…

Posted on Wed, Jul. 29, 2009

3 more Chinese films pulled at Melbourne festival
AP Entertainment Writer

HONG KONG – Three more Chinese-language films have been pulled from an Australian film festival to protest the planned appearance of an exiled Uighur activist Beijing blames for inciting recent ethnic violence, organizers said Thursday.

Rebiya Kadeer’s scheduled visit to the Melbourne International Film Festival on Aug. 8 has already prompted Venice Film Festival winner Jia Zhangke and Hong Kong director Emily Tang to withdraw their movies.

The makers of the short Chinese documentary “YB Box,” the Hong Kong-Taiwan romance “Miao Miao,” and the Hong Kong black comedy “The Moss” have also withdrawn their films, festival spokeswoman Louise Heseltine told The Associated Press in a phone interview.

The boycotting filmmakers are upset by Kadeer’s visit and the screening of a documentary about her, Heseltine said.

The 62-year-old U.S.-based activist is scheduled to attend a question-and-answer session after a screening of “10 Conditions of Love” on Aug. 8.

“YB Box” director Liu Feng thinks the Melbourne event has become too political, a publicist said.

“He shares the feelings of the other directors who have pulled out. … Movies are an art form to him, but if they are linked to politics, he will question that,” said Julia Liu, a spokesman for the advertising agency Wieden and Kennedy Shanghai, which made “YB Box.”

An official at Mei Ah Entertainment Group Ltd., which made “The Moss,” said it was following the lead of other Chinese filmmakers.

“We are worried about the political sensitivity of the situation,” said Sara Law, an official in the company’s distribution department.

Charlotte Yu, a publicist at Jettone Films, which made “Miao Miao,” said she did not handle the film’s withdrawal and couldn’t immediately comment.

The Melbourne festival has been besieged by objections to Kadeer’s appearance. Festival director Richard Moore said an official from the Chinese consulate in Melbourne asked him to pull the film about three weeks ago. The festival’s Web site was also hacked – an attack Moore blames on his refusal to scrap the Kadeer film or her visit.

Jia pulled his 19-minute short “Cry Me a River,” and Tang withdrew her feature film “Perfect Life.”

In the country’s worst ethnic unrest in decades, protests by minority Uighurs descended into communal violence, with Uighur and Han Chinese groups beating one another in the streets of Urumqi, the capital of western Xinjiang province. The Chinese government says 197 people died and more than 1,700 were wounded. Kadeer has denied instigating the riots.

On Wednesday, Kadeer said in Japan that 10,000 Uighur protesters had disappeared after the riots, and she demanded an international investigation.


Uighur Rebiya Kadeer gets visa despite China protestFont Size: Decrease Increase Print Page: Print Rowan Callick and Michael Sainsbury |

July 31, 2009
Article from: The Australian
AUSTRALIA has issued international Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer with a short-stay business visa in the face of strong pressure from the Chinese government.

China had signalled that such a move would exacerbate tensions in a relationship already reeling from a series of problems, including what Beijing sees as unfair media coverage over the imprisonment of Australian Rio Tinto executive Stern Hu.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry yesterday referred The Australian to comments made last week about Ms Kadeer in which its spokesman, Qin Gang, said: “We resolutely oppose any foreign country providing a platform for her anti-Chinese, splittist activities.” And the Chinese embassy in Canberra said: “Rebiya Kadeer is a criminal. Facts have indicated that the violent crime on July 5 in Urumqi (capital of Xinjiang region) was instigated, masterminded and directed by the World Uighur Congress headed by Rebiya.”

The Australian government is pushing Beijing for hard evidence of its claims that Ms Kadeer was responsible for the 200 deaths during recent violence in China’s far-west Xinjiang province.

Adding to Canberra’s dilemma, Mamtimin Ala, the general secretary of the Uighur Association of Australia, who will be Ms Kadeer’s host, is pressing for a meeting with Foreign Minister Stephen Smith when she comes to Australia next week. Labor MP Michael Danby, parliamentary joint standing committee on foreign affairs chairman, who officially supported Ms Kadeer’s visa application, said China’s claims that she was a terrorist were “transparent manipulation”.

Mr Ala said: “I don’t think Australia will risk its economic relationship with China over such human rights issues, it will probably take its cue from the USA over this. It is on the defensive with China.

“But Australian people are taking more and more interest in the Uighur issue, despite — or because of — the pressure from China for the Melbourne International Film Festival to withdraw the film about her.”

He said the Chinese campaign of “vilifying” Ms Kadeer had been counter-productive. “One of the most powerful countries on earth is pitting itself against a single woman.”

Such interest is likely to peak when she gives a televised address to the National Press Club in Canberra on Tuesday, August 11. She quietly visited Australia for a week in March — chiefly to meet the 2000-strong Uighur community, including one of her sons and his family in Melbourne. But since then her profile has soared.

Next week, she will attend a public launch of her biography and lunch at Victoria’s Parliament House. Australian Uighurs are further antagonising China by planning a demonstration outside its Melbourne consulate on Friday afternoon.

Tomorrow week Ms Kadeer will attend the sold-out launch of the 53-minute documentary about her, 10 Conditions of Love, jointly hosted by Greens leader Bob Brown and Mr Danby. John Lewis, producer of the $130,000 documentary, said the withdrawal of five Chinese, Hong Kong and Taiwan films from the Melbourne International Film Festival in protest against Ms Kadeer’s presence had led to the film’s promotion “all over the planet”.

“It’s provided publicity we couldn’t have dreamt of,” he said. In Australia, the film now had a cinema release “previously unthinkable”.

The coverage of the Hu affair in Australia appears now to be affecting business in China. At a private Australian Chamber of Commerce dinner held in Beijing on Wednesday night with former foreign minister Alexander Downer, Mr Hu was the main topic of conversation.

Many people there complained that the rising view in China that Australia was sinophobic had begun to affect their businesses. Chinese business people are more reluctant to deal with Australians, especially in the service sector — lawyers, consultants, accountants and technical experts — which had been targeted as the next major wave of exports to China.

Additional reporting: Mark Dodd

~ by nursheikha on August 1, 2009.

One Response to “china will do anything to get rid of their bad rep/advertising”

  1. I’m so happy that Rabiya Kadeer is coming to Australia soon. And thanks to those film makers who withdraw their films and made THE TEN CONDITIONS OF LOVE so popular. By doing that now many Australians knows about the UYGHURS A NATION UNDER OCCUPATION and EAST TURKISTAN a country suffering from China’s rulings in their homeland for 60 years. Not having any freedom such as Religioun, Culture, not to mention the freedom of speech. And now every single Uyghur schools were being closed in East Turkistan and not allowed to learn their own language ,,,forced to learn Chinese. The Chinese government trying in any ways that they can destroy the Uyghur nation. I believe well not only me every single uyghur believes that OND DAY we will get our country EAST TURKISTAN back from the communist Chinese. We were independent before and we will be independent country one day.
    My UYGHUR Pride I will Not Hide!!
    My UYGHUR Race I will not Disgrace!!
    My UYGHUHR Blood Flow Hot & True!!
    My UYGHUR Crew I shall be standing by you Through Thick [[&]] Thin, Till the Day that we die!!
    Our Flag always Flying High!!
    Us *IUYGHURS are Yelling this poem Louder than all the rest because all U Know That *UYGHURS* are the best!!

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