ARAB TIMES, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2011
BEIJING, Oct 21, (Agencies):
China moved to embrace Libya’s
new government Friday after
Muammar Gaddafi’s death,
updating its references to the for-
mer leader in state media - from
the “strongman” who defied the
West to the “madman” whose
time ran out.
China initially refused to sup-
port the rebels or to criticize
Gaddafi, but started building ties
to the insurgents as the months-
any last ves-
tige of neutral-
for the rapid
Gaddafi launch of an
ical process and economic recon-
struction in Libya.
Meanwhile, state media outlets
began referring to Gaddafi in dis-
paraging terms not seen before.
As recently as late August,
Gaddafi had been portrayed in
relatively complimentary terms
In this photo taken, Aug 31, 2010, China’s first hospital ship the ‘Peace Ark’ docked before it heads for the Gulf of Aden for an 87-day medical service mission at a navy port in Zhoushan in eastern China’s
as a “Middle Eastern strongman” Zhejiang province. China’s People’s Liberation Army, whose robust buildup is jangling nerves in the region, is taking on a bigger role in China’s global charm offensive, scattering medical missions from Pakistan
who defied Western threats and to the Caribbean and recruiting foreign officers to its academies. (Inset): Navy personnel line up near China’s first hospital ship the ‘Peace Ark’ before it heads for the Gulf of Aden. (AP)
pressure. On Friday, however, the
Web sites of both the official
Xinhua News Agency and
People’s Daily newspaper ran China
photos of him, including those of
his corpse, alongside side cap-
tions describing him as insane.
“The death of Gaddafi con- Overseas aid missions, military exchanges expanding
cludes the Middle East’s era of
madmen,” people.com.cn said,
while xinhuanet.com wrote sim-
ply, “The Middle Eastern mad-
man Gaddafi.” Foreign Ministry
spokeswoman Jiang Yu also
PLA in diplomatic charm offensive
urged national unity and the BEIJING, Oct 21, (AP): China may
restoration of social stability in make its neighbors nervous with its
Libya, but it did not directly com- robust military build-up, but it’s also Panetta intends to stress US commitment
ment on Gaddafi’s death. In a picture taken on Oct 16, 2011, increasingly using the army as part of
“We have noted the relevant two-year-old girl nicknamed Yue Yue its charm offensive abroad.
reports. At present, a new page
has been turned in the history of
Libya,” Jiang said.
is treated at a hospital in Guangzhou.
A Chinese toddler who was ignored by
18 passers-by as she lays critically
injured in the street after being run
The People’s Liberation Army, in a
cultural shift for an institution known
for strident nationalism and unbend-
Pentagon chief on ‘first trip’ to Asia
“We hope Libya will rapidly ing loyalty to the Communist Party,
embark on an inclusive political over by two vehicles has died, the hos- WASHINGTON, Oct 21, ries in the Asia-Pacific region, than a decade after ties were sev-
pital treating her said Oct 21. (AFP) is expanding overseas aid missions
process, maintain ethnic solidari- and military exchanges in a major (Agencies): On his first trip to Asia where fears of China are on the ered over alleged human rights
as defense secretary, Leon rise. abuses by members of the special
ty and national unity, swiftly way. It sent 50 medics to flood-hit Panetta intends to stress a US President Barack Obama himself forces, known as Kopassus.
establish social stability, begin Pakistan this week and dispatched a commitment to strengthening ties plans to visit Bali in November to Panetta on his visit is expected to
economic reconstruction, and
allow the people to live in peace
Asia hospital ship last month on a 105-day
trip to poor nations in the Caribbean
with key allies and partner coun-
tries while keeping a wary eye on
attend an East Asia summit meet-
ing, following a visit to Australia. He
discuss prospects for further
and happiness,” she said. — right in America’s backyard. China’s military buildup. also will host a meeting of Asia- Washington severed all ties with
Protect The diplomatic push, part of a larg- Panetta was embarking Friday on Pacific leaders in Hawaii in the Indonesian military in 1999
Hit & run toddler dies: A Chinese er global campaign by the Chinese a weeklong tour, with stops in November. after troops rampaged through
China abstained in the UN toddler who was ignored by at least 18 government, aims to portray China as Indonesia, Japan and Korea. In addi- In Indonesia, the first stop of his East Timor when it voted to secede
Security Council vote on whether passers-by as she lay bleeding and uncon- tion to meetings with government offi- week-long Asia tour, Panetta from Indonesia. The US lifted that
scious in the street, has died, the hospital a responsible rising power, while soft-
to use force to protect civilians ening the image of the 2.3 million- cials, he planned to hold town hall- planned to attend a meeting of overall ban in 2005 but kept its
from Gaddafi’s troops and was treating her said Friday, in an incident that style sessions with US troops in defense ministers of the 10-mem- restrictions against the Kopassus.
has shocked the nation. member military and boosting its ties Japan and Korea, where land, air and ber Association of Southeast Asian International rights groups have
highly critical of the NATO air The plight of the two-year-old girl, with other nations’ armed forces.
campaign that helped unseat the naval bases form the core of the US Nations. The talks will be held on said members of Kopassus were
nicknamed Yue Yue, captured the public “It’s has been a big step for them, military presence in Asia. Bali, the resort island where a ter- linked to the disappearance of stu-
dictator. During the fighting, imagination after surveillance camera but China appreciates this as a part of Panetta’s trip comes amid a rorist bombing in 2002 killed 202 dent activists in 1997 and 1998 and
Beijing maintained contacts with footage showed her being knocked down the normal practices of respected broad effort by the Obama admin- people, many of them foreign were never held accountable.
Gaddafi’s regime, even while grad- first by a van and then several minutes major powers in their relations with istration to shift more of its national tourists. In Tokyo, Panetta planned to
ually opening links to the rebels. later by a small truck. other countries,” said Ron Huisken of security focus toward Asia. Now Indonesia, a predominantly meet with senior Japanese govern-
Beijing was the last member of At least 18 people were shown walking the Australian National University’s that the Iraq war is ending and the Muslim nation, has been hit by a ment officials to discuss a range of
the UN Security Council to for- past the girl as she lay in the street criti- administration has set 2014 as the string of terrorist attacks since defense issues, including a long-
cally injured, before a female rubbish col- Strategic and Defense Studies Center.
mally recognize on Sept 12 the China’s “soft power” drive also target date for completing its com- then. stalled plan to move Marine Corps
lector finally picked her up and moved her bat mission in Afghanistan, the Last year, the United States Air Station Futenma on the south-
transitional council as the ruling to the curb. includes foreign aid, cultural
authority of Libya, and only after exchange and a massive expansion of White House wants to attend more resumed cooperation with ern Japanese island of Okinawa to
Several passers-by can be seen stopping closely to relationships and rival- Indonesia’s special forces more a less-crowded area of the island.
it had provided Beijing with to look down at the girl before carrying state television to reach foreign audi-
assurances that business contracts on, and their failure to help her has trig- ences — all attempts to win friends
signed under Gaddafi would con- gered speculation the country’s rapid and correct what China considers to following the 2004 Asian tsunami. forums such as the annual Shangri- Political Science and Law.
tinue to be honored. development and urbanisation has made be a biased Western portrayal of it.
people more selfish. (AFP) While the US Navy and other La Dialogue in Singapore that Humanitarian missions such as the
China joined with Russia earli- The military took its first big stab countries’ militaries rapidly shipped attracts top defense officials from the dispatch of a hospital ship to Cuba
er this month in vetoing an ❑ ❑ ❑ at overseas disaster relief last year, in huge amounts of aid and person- US, Britain, and other major nations. also deliver a signal of China’s mili-
already watered-down UN reso- Long jail term sought: South Korean sending helicopters to help out with nel, and winning tremendous good- The exchanges are part of the tary resolve to its own public without
lution criticizing the Syrian lead- prosecutors Friday demanded a 15-year floods in Pakistan. Last month, the will for their governments, China PLA’s effort to evolve into a modern risking actual confrontations with the
ership, saying it objected to its prison sentence for a US soldier charged air force flew 7,000 tents to the once- could do little more than send a med- force, right down to the introduction US or others, Ni said.
holding open the possibility of with raping a teenager last month, a case again flood-ravaged country and it is ical team to Indonesia, along with of smart new dress uniforms intended “The enormous public pressure
sanctions against it. which prompted an apology from a top also shipping aid to flooded areas of
American diplomat. tents and other supplies. to break down the distinction requires a response and this doubly
Considerable sympathy for Thailand. Overseas missions also help grow between PLA officers and their demonstrates the Chinese navy’s
Gaddafi remained on Internet “No leniency should be granted to the The People’s Liberation Army, or
offender as he committed a hideous crime its ability to deal with domestic dis- Western counterparts. logistical capability,” Ni said.
forums, including the popular against a young student,” a senior prose-
PLA, has also become the biggest asters, such as the massive 2008 The military has been upgrading The US military for its part has
Weibo microblogging site where cutor told a court in the city of Uijeongbu contributor of manpower to UN Sichuan earthquake, Xiong said. its warplanes, ships and submarines, been generally supportive of the
ordinary Chinese feel freer to north of Seoul, Yonhap news agency peace keeping missions, and its navy At home, students from across the and began sea trials this summer on a PLA’s humanitarian drive, saying
express personal views. reported. is part of a multinational anti-piracy developing world are increasingly refurbished Soviet aircraft carrier, that boosts transparency and chances
“Heroic warrior against Prosecutors called for the identity of flotilla off the coast of Somalia. coming to China to take two-year demonstrating how a once-decrepit for peaceful interactions.
Western imperialism, slain by the the accused to be made public, saying he The Peace Ark hospital ship, military command courses, while the force seems determined to go toe-to- “As the Chinese military develops
Western bullets wielded by his had forced “sadistic and perverted” acts which sailed to the Horn of Africa PLA’s University of Science and toe with the US and other regional the capability to deliver medical and
own people,” read another on the upon the 18-year-old victim. last year, set off on Sept 16 for Cuba, Technology has taken in a dozen militaries. humanitarian assistance beyond its
Sohu site, signed simply The soldier, who according to Yonhap Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and
expressed regret in court for his actions, army officer candidates from Laos, While that modernization discon- immediate region, there will be oppor-
“Shanghai Internet user.” Costa Rica. More than 100 medical Mongolia, Turkmenistan and seven certs the US and China’s neighbors, tunities for the United States and
will face a final hearing on November 1. personnel are aboard for an operation
China’s negative views of the Judges are not bound by prosecution other countries. China says it’s needed to defend its China to collaborate and share,” the
uprisings in Libya, Syria, Egypt sentencing demands. dubbed Harmonious Mission 2011. The military’s newspaper called interests. Some analysts say military Pentagon said in its most recent report
and elsewhere do not come with- Under the South Korean system defen- “The international community that a sign the force is “integrating diplomacy is a way to show off its to Congress on China’s armed forces.
out risk. dants are not required formally to plead expects China to play such a role and itself into the world with a much strength to potential rivals, while also But on military exchanges, the
Also: guilty or not guilty. (AFP) that is part of China’s foreign policy,” more open attitude.” joining in international relief efforts. PLA has yet to grasp the intrinsic
❑ ❑ ❑ said Xiong Zhiyong of the China Foreign military attaches are being “There is little trust between China value of strong ties, said Australian
MANILA: Australian Foreign Foreign Affairs University in Beijing. granted more access to Chinese bases and the US so China’s recent expert Huisken, citing the recent sus-
Minister Kevin Rudd said Friday Only recently has the PLA acquired and training exercises, although response is to demonstrate its mili- pension of exchanges with the
the West must work closely with Quarter suffer domestic abuse: A the skills, equipement, and political
quarter of Chinese women have suffered much of that is carefully scripted. tary capability, which also fits its Pentagon over US arms sales to
Libya’s new government to will to carry out such missions. Top commanders have also began commitment to helping the global Taiwan. It’s unclear what if any
ensure it avoided Iran’s path after domestic abuse, the government said in a
survey issued on Friday, showing the Its previous inability to provide making more frequent visits abroad community,” said Ni Lexiong, a mil- exchanges have so far been suspend-
the fall of the shah. ongoing struggle of women in a society in relief overseas was especially evident and participating in multinational itary expert at Shanghai University of ed or canceled.
The death of strongman which Chairman Mao Zedong once
Muammar Gaddafi gave the famously said women hold up half the
international community a win- sky.
dow to help its new rulers shape The definition of domestic abuse
Libya’s path, he told reporters includes physical assault, deprivation of
during a visit to the Philippines. personal freedom, illegal control of
income, rape and verbal humiliation, the in urban areas. drive by the leader of South Korea’s the Democratic Party Sohn Hak-kyu to
“Right now, there will be many official Xinhua news agency said of the The news agency did not say why it took main opposition party to unite a dis- try form a “progressive” bloc ahead of the
forces at work within Libyan pol- survey, conducted nearly a year ago by so long to release the survey results but it parate group of left-leaning parties will 2012 presidential and parliamentary bal-
itics and the responsibility of the All-China Women’s Federation noted that domestic abuse became widely be put to the test in a vote for Seoul lots.
(the) international community is (ACWF) and the National Bureau of discussed last month after a Chinese mayor next week and could make-or- But analysts say he faces an uphill bat-
to support democratic pluralist Statistics. celebrity’s wife posted online photos break a liberal push for power in next tle to bring together a loose grouping in
forces building a new inclusive Of more than 105,000 women surveyed depicting her alleged abuse. (RTRS) year’s elections. Asia’s fourth largest economy given the
Libyan state,” he said. last December, 5.5 percent said they had ❑ ❑ ❑ Opinion polls show that if the opposi- deep-rooted regional biases and divisive
been physically assaulted. The rate was tion parties pool their votes they could pip personalities leading the smaller liberal
7.9 percent in rural areas and 3.1. percent Left alliance faces big test: A Mao Sohn the conservatives, prompting the chief of parties. (RTRS)