China’s Tibet Negotiator Under Investigation for Leaking State Secrets

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.

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5 Responses to China’s Tibet Negotiator Under Investigation for Leaking State Secrets

  1. justrecently says:

    I’m wondering – since when is the State Council leaking secrets to hackers or to Reuters? Do you believe that Bi Hua really leaked state secrets? About Beijing’s Tibet policies? I don’t think so.
    “People are very surprised …” the second source added. Me too.

    What do you think?

  2. C.A. Yeung says:

    JR,

    There is nothing new about leaking secrets. But the leaking of secrets about leaking secrets is quite novel, and so requires an acknowledgment.

    The best way of dealing with any secret is to bring it to the open. I am sure this is the preferred way of any honest and truthful people, including the Dalai Lama. In fact I believe he has just done that.

    Now it is China’s turn.

  3. C.A. Yeung says:

    Incidentally, I believe there is a third party, another government, that has reacted rather unusually to Tibet lately. I am wondering whether there is any connections here. Perhaps the hacker leaks his own secrets?

  4. justrecently says:

    Anyway – it probably wasn’t Bi Hua herself… was she?!

  5. C.A. Yeung says:

    JR asked, “Anyway – it probably wasn’t Bi Hua herself… was she?!”

    I presume you’re asking whether I think Bi Hua deliberately leaked state secrets. I don’t really think so. But I believe there is certain degree of truth to the computer hacking rumour. The only questions are: whose computer was being hacked, who did it and what for.

    I very much doubt if you can get this kind of information from official Chinese source. It’d be too embarrassing.

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