Earlier this year a Tibetan man called Gedhun Choekyi Nyima turned 30. Around the world, thousands of Tibetans and friends of Tibet gathered to mark the day, in their homes, local Buddhist centres and temples, and in the streets.
A ruling Chinese Communist Party newspaper has taken a hard line against pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, saying demonstrators who broke into the local legislature showed their "arrogance" and had no regard for the rule of law.
As horse racing pundits in the UK give lip service to the horse killings at the Grand National we do not hear many racing supporters condemning the move by the Irish Government to supply China with Irish horses.
IN your report headlined ‘Ireland may boycott Olympic ceremony’ (March 29), Foreign Minister Dermot Ahern says Ireland is “one of the strong supporters of the one-China policy and we do so on the basis that China deals with situations in a democratic and fair way on their own territory”.
Two weeks ago China basketball star Yao Ming broke his left foot while playing for the Houston Rockets of the NBA, provoking hysteria among Chinese fans fearful the 7’ 6” centre will miss September’s World Championships. Michael Moynihan found out Yao was bred to carry the hopes of the nation from communism through to the free market.