The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) in choosing China to host the 2019 World Dog Show (WDS) is using the failed and cynical argument of ‘constructive engagement’ with China, claiming locating the WDS there will result in moderation, progress and awareness. Similar ‘justifications’ were employed by the US State Department and Presidential Administrations in support of granting China ‘Most Favored Nation Status’. The International Olympic Committee (IOC), in selecting Beijing as host for the 2008 Olympics, responded to international concerns by claiming that awarding China the Games would encourage improvements in human rights, while uncritically accepting the hollow assurances of the Chinese Regime to respect such rights and principles. A circus of duplicity and hypocrisy replayed as the IOC awarded China to be the venue for the 2022 Winter Olympics!
Decades of so-called constructive engagement with China, oiled by the allure of a powerful Chinese economy, has dominated US policy on China, to the exclusion of any meaningful action in terms of human rights, and issues such as Tibet . The resultant compromises has produced a largely ineffectual and vacillating strategy, that at one time issues platitudes on human rights and freedom, while simultaneously appeasing the Chinese regime to maintain and secure economic interests. Meanwhile such contact and cooperation has spectacularly failed to end or meaningfully reduce the torture, close forced labor camps, or halt the campaigns of mass forced sterilizations. Nor has collaborating with China’s authorities moderated the vicious tyranny against the peoples of Tibet, East Turkistan and Southern Mongolia, who are victims of a cultural genocide. In light of such realities the assertions of the FCI justifying China as host for the WDS reveal a disturbing naivety and gullibility.
Of all nations China is the least suitable country to serve as host the World Dog Show, its totalitarian Regime is guilty of a horrendous range of human rights atrocities, censorship and propaganda dominate Chinese society. Free speech is brutally suppressed and the people of China are denied political, civil and religious freedoms. Given this record how can anyone of integrity and normal intelligence begin to accept any claims issued by the Chinese authorities regarding the ‘Yulin Dog Meat Festival’ and the general abuse which dogs across China suffer.
So it’s not enough that National Geographic, in collusion with the United Nations is actively wiping Tibet off the world map, or that international governments refuse to acknowledge the historical facts of Tibet as an independent nation or support the just cause of Tibetan national freedom. Now we have the international canine organization kissing the ass of China’s regime by deciding to rename what in truth are Tibetan dog breeds as Chinese. So no more Tibetan Mastiff, Lhasa Apso or Tibetan Terrier like the people of Tibet they will be be filed under and described as Chinese.
This latest demonstration of appeasement reflects the extent of international groveling towards China, all no doubt with an eye on trade, cooperation, academic trips, career enhancements and in the case of censoring the reality of Tibetan dogs possible trips to dog shows in China, made even more comfortable with the pleasures of plate and bottle!
It totally sukz and reveals a worrying absence of moral fibre and integrity, in addition in renaming these breeds the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) is rewriting history and distorting a basic truth, a political terrorism well known to China’s regime of course. In agreeing to these name changes the FCI is essentially endorsing territorial and cultural identities are defined and categorized through military invasion and subsequent occupation. For example the FCI Committee, in its decision, is agreeing with the bogus claim that Tibet is an inalienable part of China, yet the entire Tibetan territory has only been incorporated ‘into’ China and subjected to Chinese political and military rule since 1950 when China invaded Tibet.
So the FCI accepts that territorial and cultural legitimacy and sovereignty is defined by military invasion, occupation and colonization, this imperialistic perspective no doubt enabled it to rename the ancient breeds of Tibetan dogs without a second thought. That being so perhaps they should direct their attention to renaming the ‘French Mastiff’, a dog anciently associated with Bordeaux, France as ‘The King Henry The Second Mastiff’? Why so? Well after all anciently the Region of Bordeaux was invaded and occupied by the English, and ruled by Henry The Second and his successors from the mid-12th till mid-15th Centuries. So England could justly claim on historical grounds (as the Chinese regime tries to do in regard to its claims over Tibet which the FCI presumably accepted without question) that this breed should be reclassified and its French name removed!
As a means to highlight our opposition we are going to press this matter with the Fédération Cynologique Internationale, meanwhile our readers and subscribers are invited to join us in protesting this appalling decision to appease China by renaming Tibetan dog breeds. The FCI may be emailed here: