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CHOGM, A Slanging Match Between Unruly Schoolboys

By Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena – 

By Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena

Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena

In retrospect, it appears that the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) Summit hosted by the Sri Lankan government at huge economic cost represented nothing but a slanging match between unruly schoolboys boasting an unfortunate penchant for alpha male posturing.

Engaging in farcical drama

The stand-off between President Mahinda Rajapaksa and visiting UK Premier David Cameron with a clearly nonplussed Commonwealth head Kamalesh Sharma caught in-between, much like a rabbit frozen in the hunter’s crosshairs, dominated international media. One had little sympathy for Sharma whose blustering on Commonwealth values became the butt of blistering jokes in the local Sinhalese media. But there were unsettling realities underlying the comedic posturing.

At one level, one may look askance at this curt brushing aside of protocol by the UK Premier leading to manifest indignation of some Sri Lankans post-CHOGM. Yet President Rajapaksa’s belligerence in response, apart from not befitting his role as host Head of State, played beautifully into the world’s general perception of a rumbustious regime thumbing its nose at the Rule of Law. This, one must admit, is not so far from the truth.

And the touch of the farcical in this drama was unmistakable; the worldwide televised shot of the President announcing that people in glass houses should not throw stones and then looking grimly forbidding was a forcible reminder of none other than Charlie Chaplin’s inimitable portrayal of ‘The Great Dictator.’

Dangerous overtones to the hostility

The fact of the matter is that, as much as this government may pat itself on the back for having managed to host this entirely unnecessary show, CHOGM 2013 did not reflect well on Sri Lanka, attracting almost universal negative coverage outside the country.

Some would say that the hostility displayed by the British Premier was due to pro-LTTE diaspora pressure in his country. As we have already seen, interventions by overseas politicians can certainly be propelled by this vote bank.

But what took place during the CHOGM Summit went far beyond that. It would be dangerously deceptive to think otherwise. The British Premier’s virtual flinging down the gauntlet indicated very well that the considerable reserves of sympathy once felt by foreign governments towards Sri Lanka for having to deal with the LTTE are now effectively spent. This brings with it certain consequential results that are undeniably unpleasant to Sri Lanka.

And it serves little to point to examples where Western governments have propped up authoritarian regimes when this has been for their own convenience. As history shows us only too well, these are luxuries that only few nations can claim to benefit. As far as this country is concerned, it is this Presidency which has catapulted us into the eye of the storm, none other.

The responsibility of the Rajapaksa Presidency

Post-war, Sri Lanka has not been brought democratically back on track. Instead, Presidential power has been entrenched through the discarding of the 17th Amendment and the abolition of Presidential time limits, personal wealth of its leaders through corrupt government taken to dizzier heights than ever before and the judiciary humiliated beyond redemption.

The government has used the military to strong arm already vulnerable and dispossessed Tamil people, Muslims who protest against attacks on their religion and Sinhalese villagers deprived of basic rights to water and land. It refused to deal with allegations of human rights violations during the last stages of the conflict by ludicrously denying that there were any civilian casualties at all and then, backtracked on this claim. Indeed, its conduct post-war has been fundamentally devoid of ordinary common sense.

Even at a late stage, the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) offered a way out of the mess. Indeed one would have thought that the composition of the LLRC would have placed it at a higher level than other commissions of this nature. Chaired by the late Mr CR de Silva, a former Attorney General who distinguished himself in recent months by refusing to accept the post of Chief Justice following the disgraceful impeachment of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake, the LLRC’s unexpectedly strong focus on the Rule of Law came as a disconcerting surprise to its creators.

So we had familiar procrastinating tactics. First, the LLRC was attacked on the basis that it had overstepped its mandate. Later, when this excuse could not hold, point-men were instructed to put laws and mechanisms in place that would superficially indicate adherence to the LLRC’s recommendations but not change actual policy or practice. As is evident now, the LLRC has been ultimately relegated to just another commission out of the plethora of such useless commissions.

What did CHOGM bring us?

So what did CHOGM bring us apart from an unnecessary international focus? Weeks after, massive hikes on basic food items were announced through gazette notifications in direct consequence of extravagant government expenditure. The opposition United National Party could only uselessly bleat in response that the late President JR Jayawardene had turned down the hosting of CHOGM during his time due to the exorbitant costs that this would involve.

Meanwhile, we were treated to the happy spectacle of former President Chandrika Kumaratunga firmly declaring that ‘there were no allegations of human rights abuses’ when her government was in office (Daily Mirror, November 19th 2013).

This is, of course, quite incorrect. Under Kumaratunga’s term, killings continued in the Northern peninsula, the media was hounded physically as well as through criminal defamation indictments. Her appointment of Sarath Silva as Chief Justice brought the Supreme Court under the unforgiving glare of international scrutiny for the first time in the judicial history of this country.

True enough, Kumaratunga cited the Krishanthi Kumaraswamy case (1998) as evidence of her government’s determination in enforcing accountability for perpetrators of human rights violations. She must justly be given credit for this. This is but a single case however. What, one may ask, happened to other similar cases of rape and murder of innocent Tamil civilians during that period?

A question of systematic state impunity

To adequately face whatever trials and tribulations are in store for Sri Lanka during the coming year, it is necessary therefore that oppositional forces as well as the government are put on inquiry. Sri Lanka’s problems stem from systematic state impunity which historically, has victimized the Sinhalese as well as, in greater measure, the Tamils and Muslims. Impunity has been entrenched by successive governments, each worse than their far from angelic predecessors.

Non-state militant actors such as the (Tamil) LTTE and the (Sinhalese) JVP have played their own part in this degeneration of democratic systems. Rigorous understanding of complex and multiple histories which go beyond superficial cries for war crime inquiries or mere regime change is needed. Discussions within the country and outside should reflect this.

If the Rajapaksa Presidency had embarked on a different approach post-war in prioritizing reconciliation between communities through thoughtfully structured constitutional reforms and enlightened practice, Sri Lanka would have proudly hosted CHOGM without reservations. Instead mediocrities in the state media abused dissenters in an extraordinarily vulgar manner. The UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights was labeled a Tamil Tigress. Government critics were barracked even in the corridors of the United Nations.

An earlier image of Sri Lankans as a courteous and civil people, notwithstanding decades of conflict orchestrated by opportunistic politicians, was thrown to the winds. As a senior Australian law professor remarked to me recently, ‘I was taught by eminent Sri Lankans who were known for their erudition. It is unfortunate to see what Sri Lanka has been reduced to now.’

The time for ‘patriotic’ rhetoric is past

Regardless, we hear hysterical calls for ‘patriots’ to collectively group against the common enemy of the West in facing the looming dangers of the 2014 United Nations focus on Sri Lanka. This is more of the same foolishness that has resulted in this predicament being created in the first place.

Certainly ‘patriots’ must come together, though the definition of who is ‘patriotic’ may be contested. But they must do so to bring about a common consensus that pressurizes the government to effect democratic reform, reverse its distastefully authoritarian drive and bring independent stability to institutions of the Sri Lankan State such as the judiciary, the public service and the police.

Without that, what we have is just rhetoric. And the time for ‘patriotic’ rhetoric has long lapsed.

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    Benchmark stuff Kishali.
    Just to recap:
    1958 – Banda – ‘just a bit of local difficulty – GOSL no action xxx
    1971 – Sirima – GOSL did the business; our friends helped. No charge! xxx
    1983 – JR – GOSL ‘beyond our control’ what to do? xxx
    1987-89 – Premadasa – local botheration; again GOSL did the business. No action required. Who to blame? xxx
    2009 – MaRa – GOSL made a clean sweep. So? why make a fuss?

    Special mention: BINDUNUWEWA under CBK – beautiful show trial and all were pardoned. Where to catch?

    Indeed, there was a time when Sri Lankans walked this earth with heads held high; now we mumble apologies and the immigration officers hold their noses when they see our passports.

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      Oops: SK:I am in total agreement with your comment Kudus! ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ஜ

      Just reminds me of “Changes” Darwin meets Bowie!.
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      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlNUrMf9yo0
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      Changes/ Horrible Histories Charles Darwin Evolution

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        earlier error:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAlhw4laWbE

        Lyrics- `Natural Selection`= Horrible Histories Charles Darwin Evolution

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          Hey Javi – love your U Tube links – particularly the Darwin meets Bowie one! They should do one with B’s ‘Life on Mars’ – may fit out situation!!

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    A tour de force!
    Keep up your excellent work and courage Madam Kishali!

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      Agree with all you say Kishali, but CBK despite her foul ups is the only hope to get rid of the Rajapassa criminals.. given that the Sinhalaya Modaya voters are both stupid and conservative

      Chandrika is the best of a bad lot of politicians that Sri Lanka is today cursed with.

      Ranil Wickramasinghe and Sajith Premadasa are the pits.. Sarath Fonseka a war criminal like Rajapassa, So we will have to lay our hopes and bets on CBK!

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        Oh la yes chiropodist malasanya!
        Amude attitude vote for the DEAD and fuckshit the living!! Kussi amma mum Amude Banda the bigot ox who crossed the ford and the beauty vijay with the beast girl who liked fizzy pop. She is now queen in the blind mans world- its her bigot pop.

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    No it is not, it is a Slanging Match Between Unruly Schoolboys. But a unruly schoolboy taking a fight against the suddha principal. Usually everybody would take the principal side.

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      Correction: Suddha’s are not the masters anymore. Not here in sunny SL anyway. Our (white) western friends are just getting peeved because the flotsam and jetsam of our island bust up ended clogging their refugee and asylum centres and crying foul. Otherwise they wouldn’t have given a damn like in times past eg 1958, 1971, 1977, 1983, 1987-89 etc. Dammit, they even sent Sirima and Premadasa help to win the home and home match against the boys from the south.

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    Chairman of the Commonwealth is the latest addition to MR’s list of titles. It is step upwards for him as he has built a local aura of omnipotence with several titles bestowed on him. So it is a fight between the King of Sri Lanka and the Prime Minister of the UK. Who will win?

    His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa
    Minister of 1) Defence & Urban Development (2) Finance & Planning (3) Ports & Highways (4) Law and Order

    Doctor of Law from the University of Colombo
    Degree awarded by the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia for his contribution for world peace and outstanding success in defeating terrorism.
    Honorary Doctorate by the Peoples’ Friendship University of the Russian Federation
    Professor Emeritus from Visva Bharati University of Calcutta in India -for his record on human rights.
    Honorary Doctorate by the Beijing University of Foreign Languages in China

    “Vishva Keerthsri Threesinhaladheesvara” from the Mahanayake Theros of Malwatta and Asgiriya

    “Sri Lanka Jana-Ranjana”, Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara , Los Angeles

    “Sri Lanka Rajawansa Vibooshana Dharmadeepa Chakravarthi” from Mahnayakes of Amarapura Maha Nikaya and the Ramannya Nikaya.

    According to Ven Medananda it is predicted that MR will be a King. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=r5VGnKxRyhk

    Will he be recognised as a king internationally or only locally?

    “Locally, the Commonwealth summit, dogged by controversy over Sri Lanka’s human rights record and plagued by eleventh-hour boycotts and embarrassing no-shows, had been President Rajapaksa’s crowning moment. The posters all over the capital summed it up: Vanquisher of terrorism, now conquering the world.”
    http://www.ft.lk/2013/11/21/hail-the-emperor/

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      Did you ever see Such a sight in your life ??

      A monster with spare parts VS a relative of royal who liked to cycle to parliament; its like going fishing for them.
      _________________ _____
      Lies are sufficient to breed opinion, and opinion brings on substance.

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    Kishali,
    Excellent as always. Keep up the good work.

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    Krishanthi Kumaraswamy got justice because she was Tamil. Unfortunately, the 48 schoolchildren abducted and murdered in Embilipitiya between 2 August 1989 and 10 January 1990 never will because they are not Tamil!

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      Navin, get your facts right.

      Who are you – some clueless kakka who does not know what he is talking of? Obviously, yes.

      The Embilipitiya killings did get justice like the Krishanthi case. These were the only two cases. One Sinhala. One Tamil. So your racist hate mongering is far off the mark.

      Its a mystery how people cannot be bothered to check their simple facts before they open their big mouths – or in this case, before they start typing on their keyboards. A simple internet search would have been enough to give you this information. Please do this, even now. It will spare us the trouble of reading your drivel.

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        …and there were more than 48 schoolchildren who disappeared at Embilipitiya.Even this number is wrong.

        This was a dastardly crime – like all the rest that we have seen including Tamil civilians massacred in 2009.

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        Chandra:
        My mistake. Embilipitiya students got a trial. But what about so many other Sinhala civilians killed by LTTE? Will they ever get a trial? Will the people who funded LTTE get roped up by the law in Canada, UK, USA and elsewhere? Why not? Because they are Sinhalese! LTTE got black listed in Europe not for murdering so many civilians but for “endangering” the lives of 2 white peace monitors! There are so many countries concerned about dead Tamils but nobody cares about us.

        “Pillay has already earned her respect from the world” – There are so many others who have earned the “world” “respect” – e.g. Obama, Aung San Suu Kyi, … but then Obama is supposed to maintain a “kill” list and merrily execute people in Pakistan, Afganistan and so on. As for Suu Kyi, you should ask Rohingya’s!

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          Navin get your facts straight look at the court records and see that many fellows from the Ltte have been punished for killings

          now how about the murders of so many tamils since 1956? how many culprits were charged?

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          on your same reasoning Navin, even as the Sinhalese who got killed by the LTTE did not get justice, other Tamils killed by the government did not get justice?

          So are we going to stand around for ever pointing our fingers at each other.

          Grow up, man

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      Krishanthi Kumaraswamy got justice ?

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    All these clowns fail to note the $5 million warships SL won in CHOGM.

    That alone is worth the CHOGM.

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      5 million worth of warships?? In your dreams maybe, Fuku-boy!

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    The UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights was labeled a Tamil Tigress.

    Madam Navanethem Pillay needs to earn her respect. When one only speaks about the human rights violations in the last part of a 30 year long war or at least so it seems, when one asks for unfitted access to all prisoners when they have absolutely no access to the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and make no issues of that, … . UNHRC chief is bound to lose credibility. Why is it such a surprise? May be there was a time when being associated with UN gave one credibility but I very much doubt whether that is the case still.

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      there is nothing wrong with the unhrc at all. madam pillai is an intelligent woman of tamil descent. she is not competing with chingala housemaids for a job in the middle east. she is not cleaning arab toilets unlike chingala black maids. chingala black pariah army and the leaders are killers and they have committed war crimes. chingala black monkey army was involved still is in killing, rape and child molesting of tamil men , women and children. these primitive savage animals have to be rounded up and put in gas chambers.

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    Navin, Pillay has already earned her respect from the world as a respected apartheid fighter, from Mandela who is revered and from heads of state of civilised countries with whom – by the way, she also argues but is not called dirty names by them.

    These Medamulana yakkos and their blind supporters like Navin are nothing to her. Do you think she is affected? She only sternly pulls up our yakkos like a schoolmistress with her pupils like she did last time she was here. The only damage is to our country.

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      Chandra don’t waste your time on useless guys like Navin !

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    time for patriotic rhetoric is NEVER past . Time of the information war has just started . It is as important today as during the war to out these wolves in Human rights clothing . Hope the govt realizes this and puts this information out there .

    Pinto has Australia to live in , most Sri Lankans dont .

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      Hey you dumb Abhaya, can’t you read English? Pinto, as you phrase it lives and works right in Sri Lanka. She only visited Australia apparently on a senior fellowship which I would think the university was lucky to get her.

      Even when you fellows try to spout government propaganda, do try and be a bit smarter about it, for goodness sake. What jokes these people are.

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        Dont worry, he is a representative of the blind folded rural folks across the country.
        This man became hallozinated last time having the chance to return home after 8years. He thought that the country´s show case is the ground reality. Also went on thanking police or other officers being helpful to him at the time he lost his US passport – bugger even compared the situaiton that of the US.
        This kinds of scumb of the society are growing today in the nurseries made by Rajapakshes idiots. There is no respect to anyone. Sadly, buggers like Abhaya will never have the knowledge to see it beyond.

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        Bugger feels that his situation can always be applied to others.
        He is held in the US, but praising affairs in home country -perhaps on a pay. This kind of idiots help deepening this grusome situation in the country, rather than trying to read the thoughts nd minds of the suffering people.
        Just getting upside down, looking at some road developments how can any sane person feel that buggers have done their best for thier nation, while in the same time not working on improvement of human rights. What if the country would have to face embargo as Iran and other countries do/did ? Who would suffer then ? Only poor of the poor in the country ? Even if Rajapakshes would be removed, the consequences of their rule will punish the poor in the decades to come.

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    ms pinto, you should say it was a slanging match between the intelligent and the dumbos. in short between intelligent white and thick black.

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    And it serves little to point to examples where Western governments have propped up authoritarian regimes when this has been for their own convenience. As history shows us only too well, these are luxuries that only few nations can claim to benefit. As far as this country is concerned, it is this Presidency which has catapulted us into the eye of the storm, none other.

    So true!!

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    Not everything is fine now but for a period of four and half years Sri Lanka has had peace. Which is fairly long time for Sri Lanka without major outbreak of violence. Thirty years of Tamil violence against the majority community, and Muslims has been brought to an end. Sri Lankans can walk freely not fearing bombs of sorts and, parents can expect their children to come home from school. Sadly, KPJ does not recognise these aspects the common man appreciates.

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      lal, the common man can’t appreciate anything as the common man does not have enough to live on given how much your beloved Rajapaksas are increasing prices of ordinary goods like sprats and dhal while building their fortunes for themselves.

      Do you know that? Are you one of the ‘common man’? I rather doubt it! I have a bungalow in Ratnapura and the caretaker as well as the villagers were staunch supporters of the Rajas. Now they have taken to cursing them and calling down the revenge of the gods because they just can’t live.

      I think the biggest problem to this country is Ranil Wickremesinghe, (not even Mahinda Rajapaksa) for sitting on his bottom while the country burns.

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        Look around and witness developments, they are all over. Rapid progress has some casualties, read about the industrial revolution. Most people are benefitting from government policies economically and young Sinhala boys aren’t losing lives and limbs. KPJ never considered the aspirations of the poor but are only concerned about a smart cheese and wine set ruling the country and Colombians swinging in clubs. Rajapakses aren’t posh but they understand the common man.
        Now for you caretaker at your Ratnapura residence, the problem may be that you have not given an increment in line with rising cost of living. You have a responsibility as an employer to ensure that your man is paid a living wage.
        No use blaming Ranil fellow for country’s shortcomings. Join the development drive, help out the rural youth with employment and education.
        Forget party affiliation, be a free thinker, act before you criticise.
        Sri Lanka has come a long way. Long way to go yet!

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          @lal, you and your stupid developments. Your nightclubs and your parks are good for you Colombians who do not know what problems the city wage earner and the villager is facing.

          Do you not read English carefully? I said that not only the caretaker but the other villagers all have changed..that is not due to any denial of any increment from me. If there was a Lalith Athulathmudali, a Gamini Dissanayake or a Ranasinghe Premadasa, these medamulana yakkos AND THEIR HURRAHBOYS LIKE LAL will be taught a sharp lesson. It is the curse of the UNP that it has been inflicted with this craven coward and worse.

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    pinto [Edited out] is living in the land of OZ . she could not care less if the common man explodes into a million pieces. She only cares for he theories from the ivory tower and also no body of power gives a crap about her theories .

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      No one gives a crap for YOU Abhaya, some nameless nobody…how funny. that you fellows get riled up like this.

      Shows that the gutty truth telling by Kishali and others is having an impact. Well done.

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      You fart seem to have a little brain EVEN smaller to the size of a mustard seed. Yours are plenty in SL, but Ms Pinto, TG and the few bring all good articles on to this platform are the great assets to the nation:

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    One of the unruly boys who was wagging the finger is currently with his tail between his legs is visiting China with a contingent of 100 businessman begging for business.
    Where has he shoved that wagging finger? Surely not up yours, as you file this report from SL.
    Then must be up his.

    Why are’nt the Jurnos getting excited about it?
    Where is Channel 4 ? They must be running around China just as they did in Sri Lanka?
    Callum, Jonathan must be getting their trains obstructed in China.

    IT APPEARS, CAMERON HAS LEARNT A LESSON OR TWO FROM THE RAJAPAKSHAS.

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      `Boo`nda the Amude
      There is nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little.

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      Thonda Dande Baha!!
      Xi meeting with Obama: “Sino-US ties are constantly affected by other countries’ policies and actions, especially in the Asia-Pacific region,”Xu said. Zen Buddhist/Theravada Buddhist take note:
      ________________________________________________________________________________
      Xi has the mind for business and economics that he is known for today.
      Now with exports and the economy slowing, China hopes his skills can help get the nation back on track to overtaking America and becoming the biggest economy in the world.

      He is the son of Communist revolutionary general Xi Zhongxun, a comrade of Chairman Mao.
      But when he was in his teens, his father fell out with the Chairman and was sent to prison.
      Xi was exiled to a far-flung, rural community of Liangjiahe, in Shaanxi province, where he lived in cave-dwellings and was forced to labour in the fields. He is quoted as saying no problems he has encountered in political life compare to the hardship he suffered as a young man.

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        Hey Javi – love your U Tube links – particularly the Darwin meets Bowie one! They should do one with B’s ‘Life on Mars’ – may fit our situation!!

        Keep ’em coming!

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      Thonda the fuckshit bigot trying to troll stupidity.
      ______________________________________________________________________________

      NEWS BIGTIME :
      Britain’s controversial high speed rail link between London and the North could be partly funded or even built by China, it emerged today.

      The Chinese premier Li Keqiang made the surprise announcement after talks with David Cameron in Beijing.

      Li Keqiang said Britain and China had agreed to “push for breakthroughs” on high speed rail cooperation.

      Mr Cameron added that “no country in the world is more open to Chinese investment than the UK”.

      Speaking after the talks in the Great Hall of the People on Monday, Li added that China was also looking for further co-operation in nuclear technology.

      “The two sides have agreed to push for breakthroughs and progress in the co-operation between our enterprises on nuclear power and high speed rail,” he said.

      “The Chinese side is willing to not only participate in but also purchase equities and stocks in UK power projects.”

      Over the last five years China has built the largest high speed rail network in the world covering nearly 10,000 kilometres of track and is now attempting to sell it technologies to countries from Brazil to Thailand.

      The Transport Secretary Patrick McLaughlin visited Beijing to hold talks with the Chinese Government earlier in the autumn.

      But any Chinese involvement in HS2 will be highly controversial given safety concerns following a crash which killed at least 40 people in 2011.

      However this does not appear to be putting off the Government. Mr Cameron said last week that he would welcome any potential Chinese involvement in HS2.

      “I’m very interested in what’s happening in terms of high-speed rail in China,” he said during a visit to a Chinese exhibition at the V&A.

      “It seems to be an absolute high-speed revolution taking place. In terms of HS2, I very much welcome Chinese investment into British infrastructure.”

      Mr Cameron is attempting to use his second official visit to China to mend fences following his controversial meeting with Dalai Lama last year and to sell Britain as a place to do business.

      In a sharp dig at other EU leaders who are suspicious of what they see as Chinese expansionism Mr Cameron said he was “proud of Chinese investment” in Britain covering such areas such as energy and construction. He added he would be pushing for a comprehensive EU/China trade deal.

      “Some in Europe and elsewhere see the world changing and want to shut China off behind a bamboo curtain of trade barriers,” he said.

      “Britain wants to tear those trade barriers down.”

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      Thonda the terrorist would be taken along with tamil terrorist in the `Gooo`ta administration- TO DEN HAAG just after the EquinoX Amen!!!

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    There was no slanging match as alleged. The boor from Bullingdon Club had the floor to himself, while the others behaved honourably.

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    For China the power of doing business with Good Old Blighty is drawing the whole of the EU for business and of course the US.
    Investments by China cannot exceed $100 billion per Annam. Generally China plays with ten billion with EU nations. It’s main investments so far are with Germany within the EU. BTW Ambani also places orders in the region of $10 billion with China.
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    Lanka live life by negotiation not annihilation.

    Ruling familial get ready for sojourn at `Den` Haag- the ballu kuudu.

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