Check out this for an example of the Chinese version of “no comment”.
At least 27 people died in rioting in far western China on Wednesday, when protesters attacked a police station and government offices and the police fired on the crowd, state media said. It was the worst spasm of violence for years in Xinjiang, a region beset with tensions between Uighurs, an overwhelmingly Muslim ethnic minority, and China’s Han majority.
The confrontation broke out in the morning in Lukqun, a township in Turpan Prefecture, the state-run news agency, Xinhua, reported, citing unnamed officials.
“Knife-wielding mobs attacked the township’s police stations, the local government building and a construction site, stabbing at people and setting fire to police cars,” the English-language report said. In the initial outburst of bloodshed, seventeen people were killed, including nine police officers and security guards, and the police then fatally shot 10 rioters, it said.
The Xinhua report gave no explanation of what triggered the confrontation; nor did it give the ethnic background or other details of the rioters. Uighur people predominate in Turpan.
In the past, Uighur residents have often given accounts of unrest sharply at odds with those given by Chinese government officials. Attempts to contact residents, and a spokesperson for the Xinjiang regional government, were unsuccessful.
“It’s inconvenient to talk,” said an official in the propaganda office of Shanshan County, which includes Lukqun Township in its jurisdiction. “Leaders are all out, it’s inconvenient to take interviews.”
That is Chinese diplomatic speak for “You are asking the wrong questions, and if you don’t shut up you may well be donating organs”.
These are the same people that traitor and spy Edward Snowden thought were going to uphold his freedom of speech and rights?