China Slams Pelosi's Support for Tibet

House Speaker guilty of 'double standards,' state says
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 23, 2008 2:36 PM CDT
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, left, talks to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, right, in Dharmsala, India, Friday, March 21, 2008.    (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
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(Newser) – China’s government hammered House Speaker Nancy Pelosi today over her meeting with the Dalai Lama and subsequent condemnation of China's "oppression" of Tibetan protests that turned to riots, the AP reports. Xinhua, China’s state news agency, said “human rights police” like Pelosi employed “double standards” unfair to China and didn’t “check their facts.”

The agency renewed its accusation that the Dalai Lama sparked the protests to mar China’s global image ahead of the Beijing Olympics, in a move toward Tibetan independence. The Tibetan leader denied the charge today, saying he’d “always” supported the Beijing games “so that more than 1 billion human beings, that means Chinese, feel proud of it.”