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Wednesday, January 21, 1998



4. China accuses Radio Free Asia of trying to undermine region (AFP)


BEIJING, Jan 21 (AFP) - China launched a scathing attack Wednesday on Radio
Free Asia (RFA) accusing it of trying to hinder the region's development by
rocking stability.

"From the RFA's biased and even distorted reporting, one can easily find
Uncle's Sam true motive to contain Asian countries' development and disrupt
their stability," the official China Daily said in an editorial.

The American Congress on Saturday agreed to more than double the budget to
the radio which broadcasts on short-wave to China, Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos,
North Korea and Cambodia.

The new funds will allow the station, founded in September 1996, to double
its broadcasting hours in Chinese and Tibetan.

It will also start broadcasting in Cantonese, spoken mainly in southern
China, and in Uighur, the language most widely spoken in the remote
mainly-Moslem northwestern region of Xinjiang which has been rocked by
separatist violence.

Both houses of Congress have now approved 24.1 million dollars in federal
funds for RFA for fiscal 1998, which began in October, up from 9.3 million
dollars.

"The RFA has wasted no time in the past year fabricating tales of 'human
rights abuses'," the China Daily said.

"It hasn't voiced anything positive and constructive to Asia's development,
especially China's ethnic unity and will never do so.

"Asian people, including Chinese, have long demonstrated their contempt
against the programming. Instead of blind expansion, the RFA had better stop
its hullabaloo."

The move by US legislators came as they grew more frustrated at Beijing's
alleged jamming of RFA broadcasts.


Articles in this Issue:
  1. Radio Free Asia to step up China broadcasting with more funds (AFP)
  2. Chinese President meets US media giant (AFP)
  3. Tibet hospitals send aid to snow-hit county (AFP)
  4. China accuses Radio Free Asia of trying to undermine region (AFP)



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