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I agree. With incident with the Brazilian, the police did cock-up big time. The officers that did the deed, made the mistake and should therefore be accountable to the law of the system. I know we can agree that we would not look to indict Tony Blair and the Labour Party for murder.|
As for the other situation:
QUOTE: …………..it was not mistaken identity. It was a bunch of young kids from a group not particularly noted for terror attacks, trying to gain refuge in a neighbouring country.
In this particular part, and only from what I know, some of these ideas make no sense.
‘mistaken identity. For who?
‘a bunch of young kids’. What a school outing to T.bet?
‘not particularly noted for terror attacks’. So only a little bit of terror then?
‘gain refuge’. They were illegally crossing a dangerous border?
All the news about this incident is unavailable in China, but there are ways to access material for research purposes. It would seem that everything released to the press was from the very worst foes of China, because coincidentally that is where the travellers were headed. Just about every anti-China quorum jumped on this and gave it life or even extra life.
My personal opinion is that crossing borders in this region, given the violence there since 1959 and the current activities in the west of China, it would be a very dangerous affair and that the safe way to do this was via travel visa. OK, let’s assume it is not that easy, then the alternative is danger. Crossing any border in Asia illegally can be dangerous, but it should still not result in a tragedy such as this. In International law you can only shoot when in mortal danger and this does not seem to be the case.
From what I know this group of 75 people were of mixed age from kids to middle-aged and they were travelling to get a blessing from the DL and maybe possible refugee status. I am not sure.
At this point I will make a leap of faith and say that the border guards acted outside of their orders and created an international incident. As this is an isolated incident, I believe that it is not government policy as with the open old East Germany policy and therefore a matter of poor process rather like the Brazilian shooting.
What I find difficult to accept is the whole Chinese government and its systems being held personally guilty for one incident by one or two of its border employees, which became a public relations coup for the DL financiers and backers.
In making this statement I would also criticize and castigate the Chinese Government for not taking the European or American line and ordering an inquiry. This can go on for up to 10 years until everyone has forgotten the matter and no one cares anymore.
More than that though it shows an open process, and China is still very poor at the sophisticated methods of the western governments.
China needs to understand that even manipulating open procedures, is still far better than silence and a closed door which is open to every accusation.
Needs more work China.