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Earth is the third planet from the Sun and the only one in the solar system known to harbor life. From space, our planet appears as a bright blue-and-white sphere: blue because some 70 percent of the surface is covered by water, and white because clouds cover about half the planet's surface.

Just hours after a Navy missile interceptor struck a dying spy satellite orbiting 130 miles over the Pacific Ocean, a senior military officer expressed high confidence early Thursday that a tank filled with toxic rocket fuel had been breached.

Even so, the State Department was alerting American embassies around the world so they could keep their host governments informed, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency had put out instructions to first responders across the United States about steps to take should hazardous debris fall in populated areas.

The first international reaction came from China, where the government objected on Thursday to the American missile strike, warning that the United States Navy’s action could threaten security in outer space.

Liu Jianchao, the Chinese foreign ministry’s spokesman, said at a news conference in Beijing that the United States should also share data promptly about what will become of the remaining pieces of the satellite, which are expected to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere and mostly burn up in the next two days.

“China is continuously following closely the possible harm caused by the U.S. action to outer space security and relevant countries,” Mr. Liu said, according to the Associated Press. “China requests the U.S. to fulfill its international obligations in real earnest and provide to the international community necessary information and relevant data in a timely and prompt way so that relevant countries can take precautions.”

American officials were critical of China last year for using an anti-satellite weapon to destroy a satellite in a much higher orbit in January 2007 and then refusing to confirm the test for nearly two weeks. The Chinese test produced 1,600 pieces of debris that are expected to orbit the Earth for years, preventing other spacecraft from using the same or similar orbits.

So where does China get off demanding that we give them data when they didn’t acknowledge their test for two weeks? And look at the results of their test:

The test is the largest recorded creation of space debris in history with at least 2317 pieces of trackable size (golf ball size and larger)[12], thereby increasing the total number of currently tracked objects in earth orbit by more than 22%.

With that record, they are going to demand info from us? Fuck you China! Don’t demand anything that you cannot do yourself first!!!

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Okay, so it mightn’t strictly be necessary to point this out but, if you’re reading this, you’re definitely NOT in the People’s Republic of China. Mongrel’s Jamie Hannigan is currently AWOL in the land of the sweet and sour chicken balls and special fried rice. His pathetic attempts to impress locals by showing them his film column on our website, however, were thwarted by China’s Ministry of Public Security, who appear to have blocked access to mongrel.ie in the country.

Much is written about the Great Firewall of China. But restrictions on Internet access in the Republic are not quite as severe as sometimes supposed. Material related to Tibet, Falon Gong or the Tiananmen Square massacre etc. is, of course, strictly prohibited. But Western sites like the New York Times, Washington Post, Irish Times, Irish Independent and RTE can all be freely accessed. Crap Irish indie band fans can even get their kicks at Hotpress.com.

So what has Mongrel done to attract the ire of the Communist authorities? Chinese government sources have declined to comment on the record. But many informed observers believe that they may be concerned about exposing their citizens to the Country & Western stylings of Laois/Offaly independent candidate John Bracken. If the Chinese people realise that such an unimpeachable character is standing for election in Ireland, the argument goes, they may start demanding similar high standards from their own public representatives. Developing…


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- Chinese troops moved to tackle unrest in ethnic Tibetan enclaves in its western provinces on Monday, a week after protests flared against Chinese rule in the Tibetan capital Lhasa.

Following is a chronology of some of the main events in modern China-Tibet relations.

Oct 1950: Chinese People’s Liberation Army troops march into Tibet, one year after Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong wins civil war and establishes People’s Republic of China.

Sept 1954: Chairman Mao meets Dalai Lama.

March 1959: Tibetans stage abortive uprising in which thousands are killed after reforms are introduced to end centuries of feudalism. Tibet’s god-king, the Dalai Lama, flees to India with an estimated 80,000 followers. He establishes a “government-in-exile” in Dharamsala but no country recognises it.

1965: Tibet Autonomous Region formally established.

1966: China’s Cultural Revolution begins. Tibetan Red Guards close monasteries in Tibet, smash Buddhist statues and force monks and nuns to return to secular life.

1972: U.S. President Richard Nixon’s China visit ends programme in which Central Intelligence Agency trained Tibetans who fought guerrilla war against People’s Liberation Army in Tibet.

1979: Rapprochement begins with Dalai Lama’s brother, Gyalo Thondup, visiting China at invitation of paramount leader Deng Xiaoping. Trips not publicised in media.

March 1989: Martial law imposed in Lhasa after days of rioting sparked by January death of the 10th Panchen Lama, most senior figure in Tibetan Buddhism after Dalai Lama.

October 1989: Dalai Lama is awarded Nobel Peace Prize.

May 1990: Lhasa lifts martial law. Government-in-exile headed by Dalai Lama disbands to pave way for democracy, announcing elections for 1991.

August 1993: Dalai Lama says at rare news conference he is fighting for Tibet’s political autonomy, not independence.

1994: Dalai Lama suspends dialogue with China due to lack of progress.

May 1995: Dalai Lama declares 6-year-old Gedhun Choekyi Nyima as reincarnation of late 10th Panchen Lama.

December 1995: India-based Tibetans protest Beijing’s choice of a 6-year-old boy, Gyaincain Norbu, as the 11th Panchen Lama, considering him a “fake”.

June 1996: Dalai Lama swears in new Tibetan government-in-exile following elections.

Dec 1998: Dalai Lama says in the Indian city of Patna that he is open for talks with China for mutual agreement “without any precondition, anytime, anywhere”.

March 1999: China says its doors are open to the Dalai Lama, provided he abandons his calls for Tibetan independence and makes a statement recognising Tibet as an inseparable part of China.

Dec 1999: Dalai Lama says Tibetans would be satisfied with self-rule but accuses the Chinese of cultural genocide.

Jan 1999: Tibet’s third ranked monk, the 14-year-old Karmapa Lama, flees China in a week-long trek across the Himalayas to India and meets the Dalai Lama.

July 2006: China opens Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the world’s highest railroad, saying it will help modernise and develop Tibet. Tibet advocacy groups say it is accelerating an influx of Han Chinese and threatens its fragile high-altitude environment.

March 2008: Up to 80 people are killed in anti-China riots in Lhasa, the government-in-exiled says. But Tibet’s top government official put the death toll at 13 and says they were Han Chinese civilians brutally killed by Tibetan mobs. Unrest spreads to ethnic Tibetan communities in nearby Chinese provinces. International protests condemn the violence, which come five months before Beijing hosts the Olympic Games.


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