‚ÄúKapoor further asserted infiltration across the Line of Control (LoC) cannot occur unless there is some kind of assistance and/or degree of support that is institutional in nature.
According to another leaked cable, Chinese officials reacted furiously to Australia’s plans to expand its defence force in part to counter the Asian giant’s growing military presence. Cables published in part in the Sydney Morning Herald revealed that one official had warned Canberra it would “suffer the consequences” if comments about China in a 2009 defence planning document were not altered.
The US diplomatic cables state that then senior Australian defence official Mike Pezzullo was met with a frosty reception by Chinese officials whom he briefed about the defence paper before its release.
The cables date from May 2009, the same month in which the defence paper urged an expansion of Australia’s air and naval capability in response to a regional military build-up and shifts in power.
China chose to make an example of Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo by jailing him for 11 years last year during a wider crackdown on dissidents, Spain’s El Pais newspaper said, citing US diplomatic cables.
The cables reported Beijing increased pressure on dissidents last year due to concerns of renewed civil unrest coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests and the 50th anniversary of the occupation of Tibet.
At that time, the global financial crisis had already fuelled social conflict, the like of which China had not seen for a long time, the cables said. The cables also highlighted the Beijing’s anger at protests over Liu’s sentence around the world, particularly in Washington and some European capitals.
Australia’s former prime minister Kevin Rudd confessed that the bloody conflict in Afghanistan “scares the hell out of” him, newly leaked diplomatic cables revealed. Rudd, currently foreign minister, was revealed in confidential US diplomatic cables from Canberra to have confided his pessimism over the likely outcome of the conflict, in which 1,550 Australian troops are engaged. Rudd also derided the contributions of Germany and France in Afghanistan in fighting Taliban insurgents, saying they were “organising folk dancing festivals” while Australians fought in restive Uruzgan province.
According to another leaked cable, dockworkers and foreign businessmen have seen evidence of alleged secret nuclear and missiles weapons sites being built deep in the Myanmar jungle.
“The North Koreans, aided by Burmese workers, are constructing a concrete-reinforced underground facility that is ‘500ft from the top of the cave to the top of the hill above’,” according to the cable, published by the British daily The Guardian. The cable from the US embassy in Rangoon quoted a Myanmar officer who said he had witnessed the North Korean technicians helping the construction work.
One foreign businessman told the embassy that he had seen reinforced steel bar, larger than for just a factory project, being shipped on a barge. While dockworkers also told of seeing suspicious cargo.
A cable dating from August 2004 revealed information from a Myanmar officer in an engineering unit who said surface-to-air missiles were being built at a site in a town called Minbu in west-central Myanmar.
He said some 300 North Koreans were working at the site, although the US cable noted this was improbably high, The Guardian said.
Mozambique has become a leading drug trafficking centre in Africa, with high-level government officials receiving bribes to turn a blind eye to the trade, according to another leaked cable.
“Despite anti-corruption rhetoric, the ruling FRELIMO party has not shown much serious political will to combat narco-trafficking,” said a secret US document from Maputo created in January 2010.
A separate classified document released on WikiLeaks said drug producers from South Asia have joined the fray and are starting to traffic in Mozambique through its Nacala port.
“Mozambique most certainly is not yet a thoroughly corrupted narco-state,” a document from November 2009 said.
Another leaked diplomatic cable said China is fed up with the “foot-dragging” of the military junta in Myanmar on reform and fears the ruling generals can no longer protect its interests in the country.
“The Chinese clearly are fed up with the foot-dragging by the Than Shwe regime,” the top US diplomat in Yangon, Shari Villarosa, wrote in a January 2008 memo summarising a meeting with the Chinese ambassador at the time.
“The Chinese can no longer rely on the generals to protect their interests here, and recognise the need to broker some solution that keeps the peace,” she wrote, following mass street rallies in 2007 that ended in bloody violence. “The Chinese ambassador no longer tried to defend the regime, and acknowledged that the generals had made a bad situation worse,” she said.