As I was having a discussion with JR at Just Recently’s Beautiful Blog about the Bi Hua scandal, Reuters India released a news update, in which a computer hacking incident was said to be associated with the stepping down of that key CCP policymaker of Tibet. She is now under investigation for leaking state secrets. The Reuters report also refuted a previous suggestion that Bi Hua was dismissed because of her moderate stance on Tibet. The anonymous interviewee quoted in that report described Bi Hua as a hardliner, and her views on Tibet made even some old Communist Tibetan cadres raise their eyebrows.
Kudos to John Smith at the Time China Blog for the tips. You are not as tongue-in-cheek as I had previously thought.
Here is the part of the report about this scandal:
A key Chinese Communist Party policymaker for Tibet is being investigated after her computer was hacked and classified documents stolen related to Beijing’s talks with the Dalai Lama’s envoys, sources said on Saturday.
Bi Hua, 53 and a Han Chinese, was asked to step down recently as director of the No. 7 bureau of the Party’s United Front Work Department, two independent sources with knowledge of the case said, requesting anonymity for fear of repercussions.
“She is under investigation,” one source told Reuters. “But she insists she has done nothing wrong.”
Her computer was hacked by unknown individuals, and classified documents stolen, the sources said.
It enabled the Dalai Lama’s representatives to have a heads-up as to Beijing’s bottom line towards talks.
“It was a major leak,” a second source said.
The embarrassing security lapse came as Tibetan exiles gathered for a special meeting to discuss their future, a gathering that could possibly challenge the Dalai Lama’s moderate line towards Beijing.
“People are very surprised. She was very hardline,” the second source added, referring to her dismissal. “Even the old Communist Tibetan cadres could not stand what she was saying.”
China’s Communist Party and Tibet’s government-in-exile could not immediately be reached for comment.