When the Chinese say no comment they mean it

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?


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  • blokeintakapuna

    We need to outsource the incarceration of our recidivist offenders to these people.
    If they’re credible enough to be a permanent member on the UN and us with a FTA signed and working, perhaps they could imprison our worst for some hard currency?
    – at a considerable cheaper overall cost
    – finally a viable, cost effective deterrent
    – disrupts “organised crime” behind bars
    – reduces prisoner numbers / need to build more prisons
    – gives the prisoner an opportunity to reassess their attitudes / life lessons

    • Donovan Jackson

      Excellent thinking, bloke. The Chinese really do do everything cheaper and better.

      • blokeintakapuna

        Not sure about better – but they would do it well in a NIMBY kinda-way… the free travel and sight-seeing opportunities offered to these recidivist offenders, would also help them open their eyes to how easy it is to re-adjust attitudes, ethics & morals, whilst learning new manners to those who clothe, house and feed you.
        It’s a win-win for all. Start loading the planes now…

        • Mr_Blobby

          Planes are you kidding. Containers and commercial shipping line, the slower the better and if they don’t want to come back the same way they pay for the plane ticket.

          • Hazards001

            Come back?

    • Custard

      Love it. Would show them just how bad they actually are once comfronted with some Chinese mafia day in day out.

  • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

    You do understand that Hong Kong and Macau are governed differently to Mainland China? There is no death penalty in either of the territories and they’ve retained the same legal systems from the days when they were governed by Britain and Portugal respectively. This can all be verified online very easily. It is strange that no-one in any media outlet has pointed out this fact. Whether the Chinese government got the information he had on him when he was in Hong Kong was something that was never explained. If he fled to Shanghai the story would be more clear cut.