has no relations of any kind with the Taliban."
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Statement
not new to the Sinomania! anti-China club, the newspapers and web
sites mentioned in this article move up a notch higher in the Anti-China
Hall of Shame.
AND THE TALIBAN
most recent assertion is a report from the Hindustan
Times of India that the Taliban commander-in-chief said China
is helping them fight the USA. The story follows a rumor that Chinese
troops were found dead alongside Taliban fighters after American
air strikes, which was posted by the "Debka
Files," an extremist web site registered in Israel but
hosted by a company in Canada. The Debka files piece is featured
at the conservative WorldNet
Daily web site.
alleged cooperation between China and the Taliban began when two
respected American newspapers asserted that China had signed diplomatic
agreements with Taliban leaders just before the events of September
11, 2001. The Washington
Post and the Wall
Street Journal (via its subsidiary the Asian
Wall Street Journal), newspapers with openly anti-China editorial
biases, reported that China was in a "drive to strengthen ties with
the Taliban." The allegation is that an agreement was signed shortly
before the terrorist attacks on the USA for China to offer economic
and technical assistance to the Taliban regime. CNN
ran the unsubstantiated item and posted at least one anti-China
editorial on the subject. As the story circulated, the timing of
the alleged agreement changed so that, insult upon insult, it was
supposedly signed on September 11. Where did this item come from?
Supposedly it was first published by a Pakistani newspaper and a
state-run newspaper in Afghanistan.
most fantastic rumors have come from the British newspaper The
Guardian, also well-known for bombastic views on China. This
past Saturday, October 20, 2001, a journalist that covers Europe
alleged in The Guardian that the Chinese paid Osama bin Laden millions
of dollars for unexploded American Tomahawk missiles that fell on
Afghanistan during air strikes in 1998. The sole evidence for the
claim are transcripts of a "secretly taped conversation" of a 32
year-old Libyan named Lased Ben Heni, supposedly a "senior Al Qaeda
agent" who was under surveillance by Italian "anti-terrorist police"
in Milan. This story was picked up by The Taipei
Times which gave an appropriately cloak-and-dagger mood to the
piece by reporting that the conversations occurred in a "run down
flat". Most absurdly,
it was reported in The Guardian on
September 22, 2001, that Osama bin Laden escaped from Afghanistan
and entered into China where he went into hiding.
The Chinese government has consistently
denied any involvement whatsoever with the Taliban and has described
each of the reports mentioned in this article as "baseless,"
"groundless," and a "complete fabrication." Of The Guardian
newspaper, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhu Bangzao said in September
"I wonder what the motives of the Guardian's correspondents are
to spread such a rumor at such a time." When asked about the report
of China paying millions for American missiles, in a press conference
held October 23, 2001, Zhu reiterated that "China has no relations
of any kind with the Taliban." In point of fact, China has had no
diplomatic presence in Afghanistan whatsoever since the Chinese
embassy there closed in 1993.
Of course official statements from
the Chinese government are dismissed by anti-China journalists and
sinophobic bigots the world over as mere lies. But if China is
lying how then can the words of President George W. Bush be believed
when he said at a press
conference in Shanghai that "President Jiang and the government
stand side by side with the American people as we fight this evil
And, despite accepted opinion to the
contrary, China's commitment goes beyond words. It is important
to understand that China shares a physical border with Afghanistan
and has been dealing with Afghani-sponsored terrorism for years.
China founded, in 1996, the "Shanghai Five" now known as the Shanghai
Cooperation Organization, an international alliance specifically
dedicated to combating terrorism originating from Afghanistan.
The common thread that runs through
all of the reports of alleged Chinese involvement with the Taliban
is that they come from the Taliban itself. Their intent, quite obviously,
is to play upon the suspicions and fears of a rising China that
dominated foreign policy in the pre September 11, 2001, world. The
deliberate fostering of these rumors by anti-China zealots questions
not only their integrity as journalists but their own belief in
the seriousness of the War on Terrorism.
Information from Agencies, Sinomania!
research were used in this report.
The Guardian's source for this accusation is Gordon Thomas, a wannabe
intelligence "expert" who mostly writes novels and movie
and television screenplays. He is currently writing a book to be
published by an American
Christian Zionist press, that claims China was behind the September
11, 2001 attacks.
Michael C. Ruppert, THE
CHINESE GOVERNMENT IS NOT SUPPORTING THE TALIBAN WITH TROOPS