Spain made international headlines recently when a Spanish court threatened to indict former Chinese president Hu Jintao for genocide against Tibetans. As anticipated China is hitting back against this case. The Tibet Sun reported on Oct. 14, 2013, "China denounces Spanish court’s Tibet case against ex-president." On Monday China denounced a decision by a Spanish criminal court to indict former Chinese president Hu Jintao for genocide in Tibet.
Last week the Spanish National Court accepted a Tibetan advocacy group’s appeal in a case which has asserted that Hu had supported genocidal policies when he was Communist Party secretary in the Himalayan region from 1988-1992 and after he took over as president of China in 2003. Although this ruling could lead to moves to seek Hu’s arrest in Spain or in other countries with which share an extradition treaty with Spain, he is unlikely to actually ever face a Spanish court.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying has told a regular briefing, “We firmly oppose any country or person attempting to use this issue to interfere with China’s internal affairs.” After Communist Chinese troops took control of Tibet in 1950 China says it has “peacefully liberated” the remote mountainous region that it says was suffering in poverty, exploitation and economic stagnation.
Hua says the group that launched this legal case is trying to damage the “extremely friendly” relations between China and Spain. Meanwhile, the Washington-based International Campaign for Tibet called the ruling “ground-breaking” in dealing with “a climate of terror” which China is alleged to have created in Tibet. This situation raises concerns that the situation in Tibet is so volatile it could actually spark off World War 111.