Could the Chinese government handle the PR over Tibet any worse? You would really think that they would learn. There must be someone at the Ministry of Information under the age of 50 who would have some idea of how to present things for foreign consumption. They honestly don't seem to have improved much since the 1970's. A good start would be not to translate directly comments/phrases that are used in domestic media... i.e. a monster with a human face and an animal's
heart. I have a feeling that the original Chinese does convey exactly
the same meaning as the translation. You'd think they would know that
after 30+ years.
I know so many Chinese in China who have a pretty fair understanding of how westerners think and who could write statements that would be far less grating (and at times just plain twilight zone level weird) to Western ears. There are even enough American and other Western traitors working at the China Daily that you could get one of them to do it. Must be the typical mis allocation of resources common to any centrally planned economy.