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A top expert on China has resigned as an informal adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign in the wake of the candidate's increasingly harsh anti-China rhetoric.
Richard Baum, a political science professor at the Center for Chinese Studies at UCLA, resigned in light of what he called “grossly misguided accusations” made by Clinton about China.
“Our reasoning was that while China certainly bears a share of responsibility for these (and other) problems, much (if not most) of the blame, at least on the economic issues, lies elsewhere,” Baum wrote in an e-mail. He attributed the problems, at least in part, to America’s high level of consumption, deficit spending and selective trade protectionism.
On the question of human rights, Baum said he and others in the advisory group believe the Chinese leaders respond better to persistent advice than “self-righteous finger-pointing aimed at publicly shaming and humiliating them.”
who felt that a presidential decision to boycott the ceremony could have long-term diplomatic ramifications.
“Calls for a presidential boycott should not be opportunistically injected into Democratic Party politics during a heated presidential primary campaign,” Baum said.
The Dalai Lama says he understands why Tibetan exiles were angry that the Olympic torch reached the top of Mount Everest but had advised them against protesting.
Exiled Tibetan officials and rights group argue that taking the flame up Everest on Thursday is in bad taste and not in keeping with the spirit of the Olympics.
China effectively closed off the region over concerns protesters would try to disrupt the assault on Everest, sitting astride the border of the Chinese region of Tibet and Nepal.
But in Nepal, police said they detained 210 pro-Tibet protesters on Thursday.
"If the times were quiet, I would not get excited about it. But as things are, I understand the protests, of course without supporting them," the Dalai Lama told Germany's Der Spiegel magazine.
"When the day comes for my return, if a certain amount of pluralism, freedom of speech and rule of law reaches Tibet, I will hand over all my historical authority to the local government," he said, without elaborating.
A senior Chinese official has asked whether Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama would agree to attend the Beijing Olympics to ease recent tensions, a Tibet government-in-exile legislator said on Monday.
The Dalai Lama would consider going, the law maker said.
Khedroob Thondup, a Taipei-based member of Tibet's parliament-in-exile, said a senior leader in Beijing had called him about two weeks ago to "sound out" the Olympic visit idea. He did not identify the leader.