Spain, which recognizes universal justice — meaning its court magistrates walk eternally with backs bowed under the burden of universal injustice, the weight of sadness — issued a warrant on Tuesday for the arrest of former Chinese president Jiang Zemin and four others “as part of a probe into alleged genocide in Tibet,” reports AP and Al Jazeera.
In addition to Jiang, the Chinese politicians wanted by Spain are former Prime Minister Li Peng; former security and police chief Qiao Shi; Chen Kuiyan, a former Communist Party official in Tibet; and Pen Pelyun, an ex-family planning minister. None has been formally charged.
Former Chinese President Hu Jintao is also under investigation, although Spain has not said it seeks his arrest.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hong Lei, presumably rolled his eyes when told this news and switched into automaton mode to deliver a statement at a Wednesday briefing in Beijing. Something about “severe damage” needing to be repaired, harm to China-Spain relations, blah blah blah.
“China’s position on Tibet-related issues is consistent and clear, and the West understands it,” he said, as reported by AP / Al Jazeera.
Reuters clarifies that this means the “suspects” would be arrrested “when they travel to Spain or other countries which recognize orders signed by Spain.”
If the report is true, Hong said China expresses “strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition” to the Tibetan support groups in Spain for “repeatedly manipulating the issue.”
Then Hong beeped and whirred, dropped his chin to his chest, and had to be manually rebooted.
By “genocide,” we can only assume the Spanish court means “cultural genocide,” a phrase that the Dalai Lama has used to describe the ongoing “Sinicization” of Tibet. This is unclear though, as are the arrest warrants. No Chinese leader will stand trial (duh), and we’re guessing Jiang Zemin isn’t currently cursing his inability to visit Spain. In other words, there’s no story here. Sorry.
But this post isn’t a complete waste. Have you ever Google Image-searched “Jiang Zemin”? Prepare to be delighted.