Honourable Mr. President!
Some weeks before the Olympics in Beijing, New Tang Dynasty
Television, the lone independent news station broadcasting over the
territory of China, stopped being able to transmit its signal.
The situation concerning the signal has lasted several weeks, but it
is unknown what caused the breakdown that the satellite operator
Eutelsat Communications has described [to explain the cessation of the
transmission]. It is also unclear when the signal will resume.
However, it is clear who benefits, and who loses out due to this
"breakdown". Millions of viewers of this independent, non-profit
television station, which broadcasts in Chinese and English, are
relegated to watching news censored by Chinese authorities, through
which [for example] one can learn how brave Chinese soldiers are
fighting ‚ÄúTibetan terrorists.‚Ä They [the viewers] will not hear
about strikes, riots, and problems occurring alongside the organizing
of the Olympic Games.
We, the residents and representatives of the European Union, treat
China, a nation which has played an enormous role in the development
of humankind, with a level of respect that this great nation
undoubtedly deserves. It's too bad that in response to this respect we
are not treated seriously by the Chinese leadership.
The honouring of agreements and the acceptance of common principles:
this is what we should expect from ourselves and our Chinese partners.