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Red (faced) China

Dear Editor,

China, the world's largest and most populous communist state, is to be renowned for

its govern-ment's hypocritical policy over the Khmer Rouge.

Ever since the United Nations and the world started to look into the possibility

of a tribunal of the surviving Khmer Rouge leadership, China has been on the defensive,

staunchly opposing finding justice for the victims of genocide and prosecuting the

perpetrators for crimes against humanity.

"The KR issue is a Cambodian internal affair," China repeatedly claimed,

without acknowledging that crime against humanity is everyone's problem.

China has shamelessly been using "Cambodian national sovereignty" as a

shield for its policy against the wish of the Khmer people (with the exception of

the KR of course) and the wish of the rest of the world.

The Chinese policy, toward Cambodia in general and toward the Khmer Rouge specifically,

is the exercise of hypocrisy at its best. The fact is, without China's direct intervention

in "Cambodia's internal affairs and national sovereignty" from the beginning,

Cambodia might not have been in the state it is today.

Without China's direct support, in the form of military advisors, hardware, and funding,

the KR would not have existed as an organization; millions of innocent Khmer lives

might have been spared; millions of Chinese-made landmines might not have littered

Cambodia countryside to kill and maim countless innocent Khmer people today.

In short, China's hands have been soaked with innocent Khmer people's blood for its

past direct intervention in "Cambodia internal affairs and sovereignty'.

China has no shame or moral conscience for its part in Cambodia's suffering. As such,

China has no right to speak against an international tribunal of the surviving KR

leadership.

In doing so, China is in fact supporting genocide and crime against humanity in Cambodia

under the KR regime, a genocidal regime which China has been sponsoring and supporting

for years. That is no surprise for a communist state well known to have killed and

tortured millions of its own citizens with impunity.

The KR was China's creation and responsibility, plain and simple. China taught and

supplied the KR with just about everything. The KR learned well from their Chinese

master, including how to kill their own people indiscriminately.

Everyone in the free world knows that China fears humiliation because of its involvement

with the KR, if an international tribunal is convened.

The "Chinese connection" in Cambodia would surely and clearly expose to

the world the dirty laundry. China knows that what it did in Cambodia was pure evil

and uncivilized.

Has China no shame? China has been bluntly telling others not to get involved when

China itself has been openly and shamelessly intervening in "Cambodia's internal

affairs and national sovereignty" all along. What a hypocrite! Shame on you,

China!

- Ronnie Yimsut, ryimsut@cs.com

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