Mongolia Joined OSCE, Was China’s Backyard On Fire?
Was China’s backyard on fire?
As its neighboring country, Mongolia formally joined OSCE
(Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) on Nov. 22.
OSCE includes countries from Europe, America and Canada.
It is a security-oriented organization covering
all European countries and North America.
The mission is to provide a consultation platform
for members on European affairs, particularly security affairs.
On Nov. 23, Voice of America reported that a commenter
claimed the US led OSCE, which is the same as NATO,
to “win over Mongolia in order to restrain China.”
“Mongolia is located between China and Russia,
its location is very important,” a comment said.
Thus, the US launched peacekeeping forces
and a training center in Mongolia.
Since year 2003, the US had held a series of military drills
with the Mongolian army.
The report said that Mongolia was controlled
by the former Soviet Union for several years.
After the Soviet Union collapsed, Mongolia implemented
a multi-party democratic system, improving its relations with the US.
Mongolia and China’s relations also developed rapidly.
China has replaced Russia as Mongolia’s largest trading
partner over the past 10 years.
However, analysts said that Mongolia was sandwiched
between China and Russia, feeling pressured.
Thus it needs to choose more strategic space, and put forward
the concept of “third neighbors.”
In recent years, Mongolia has actually considers some
international organizations and regional security organization as its “third neighbors.”
Detained Villager in Yunnan Released
On Sept. 8, when Wen Jiabao visited earthquake impacted
areas in Yiliang county in Yunnan province,
20 villagers kneeled down in front of Wen’s car and
told Wen about their mistreatment by local authorities.
Wen said that this action was villagers’ basic right,
and that they shouldn’t be stopped.
Later, villager Liang Yonglan was detained
by Yiliang county police for 7 days.
On Nov. 23, Shaotong police in Yunnan province issued
a notice on their website stating that the authority “dismissed Liang’s charges on Nov. 21.”
Some media said that Liang paid 1000 Yuan (US$160)
for the early release.
However, the case caused widespread discussion of netizens.
Later, the local police returned money to Liang.
Son Urges for Release of Mother Who Was Sent to Labor Camp
Chongqing authority released “village official,” Ren Jianwu,
who was jailed for circulating microblog news.
Recently, netizens also urged police in Lanzhou to release
Zhao Meifu, mother of Guo Dajun, a student from Beijing Institute of Technology.
Voice of America reported that Guo Dajun posted
the following message on his microblog:
“50-year-old mother carries hometown products,
pancakes and nuts on her way to Beijing to visit me.
On her way home, in the waiting hall at Beijing Railway
Station, she was considered a criminal due to her poor dress.
After checking her ID, police from Lanzhou took her back
to Lanzhou and sentenced her to labor camp for one year.
No visitors are allowed to see her.”
Guo Dajun’s posts were immediately circulated by netizens
over one thousands times, which drew media attention.