A Chinese Propaganda on Tibet

I am not a historian, I am not going to dispute the “facts” stated in this video.
Nor will i defend the now indefensible European imperialism, Japanese imperialism and Han-Chinese imperialism of the past.
(yes China was and still is an empire forge together by conquest over neighbouring nations)

I just have one thing to remind viewers,

If there is only one moral principle that is universally share among all people on earth, it would be freedom. As demonstrated by the fall of Soviet Union, application of democratic governance by all cultures and voice of oppressed people, the principle of freedom is as true to the heart of man and woman as it was the day American Declaration of Independence was written. All other moral principle that supposedly legitimise Beijing’s rule over Tibet come second to the principle of freedom and self determination. Set Tibet free.

And, if Dalai Lama’s regime was so awful, and Chinese rule is great, then there is nothing Beijing need to worry.

So, let the people of Tibet and all oppressed people of the world decide freely how they want to live their life and how they want to be governed, if at all.

UPDATE: Found this analysis on how Beijing strategies against Dalai Lama and Tibet.

By linking the Dalai Lama to the unrest—which he opposes (and the Chinese know he opposes)—the Chinese are forcing the Dalai Lama either to repudiate the Tibetan militants and split the emigre Tibetan movement, or endorse the insurrection and permit the Chinese to portray him as an impotent captive of extremist forces.

For those unfamiliar with the Chinese pattern of denunciation, polarization, division, and destruction this is a classic tactic–call it Police State 101–intended to isolate the target of a purge by forcing him to denounce his associates—or force the target to incriminate himself by not forswearing alliance with a vulnerable, isolated, and discredited element that the Chinese government is about to land on like a ton of bricks. […]

The most immediate result of Tibetan militancy will be to unite the Chinese and isolate the moderates on the Tibetan side, while undermining the political standing of Tibet’s most effective political figure, the Dalai Lama, as spokesman for a unified, internationally popular political and diplomatic movement.

That’s bad politics and dumb tactics…and it’s exactly what the Chinese have been trying to accomplish for the last five decades.

The worst case is that the Tibetan unrest and toothless Western censure unite Chinese elite and Chinese public opinion in favor of another one of those major security actions against Tibet’s isolated people and fragile institutions that seem to happen every twenty years.

This one might end up destroying the Dalai Lama’s authority as a leader, encourage the Chinese to further interfere in Tibetan politics and culture by aggressively inserting itself into the search for the next reincarnation, split Tibetan Bhuddism between a PRC-sponsored Dalai Lama in Lhasa and an untested child in Dharamsala, redefine the emigres as a collection of secular, angry–and vulnerable–dissidents, and put the Tibetan regions securely under Beijing’s thumb for another generation.

That’s a potential win big enough to compensate for some embarrassment at the Olympics.


2 thoughts on “A Chinese Propaganda on Tibet

  1. Whatever shown in this video is totally baseless and I know the history of Tibet very well, Tibet’s recorded history dates back to first ruler of the Yarlung, King Nyatri Tsanpo in 127 B.C. and his dynasty ruled the country till 842 A.D. The reign of the 33rd King Songtsen Gampo, the 37th King Trisong Detsen and the 40th King Tri Ralpachen is considered the Glorious Period. During this period, Tibet extended its influence over many of its neighboring countries. The 41st King Lang Darma almost wiped out Buddhism from Tibet and his assassination in 842 resulted in the disintegration of Tibet into small principalities ruled by petty chiefs warring against one another. This condition prevailed for over 400 year from 842 to 1254. This period was also the time of revival of Buddhism in Tibet.

    In the early 13th century the Mongols conquered a vast empire across Asia, and Tibet for the first time came under foreign power in 1207. However, in 1253 the great grandson of Chengis Khan, Kublai Khan offered thirteen myriarchies (Trikhor Chusum) of central Tibet to Drogon Choegyal Phagpa, the nephew of Sakya Pandita as a gratitude for giving him the Vajrayana initiation.

    In 1642, the fifth Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lobsang Gyaltso, with the support of Mongols assumed both spiritual and temporal authority over Tibet. He established the present Tibetan Government, Known as Gaden Phodrang. At all these times, the Tibetans themselves administered the whole of Tibet.

    The Manchu’s intervention in Tibet occurred first in 1720 and later in 1880. when the Manchu troops marched out from Lhasa, they left behind their Representative (Amban) but on both the occasions the Tibetans expelled all the Chinese and Manchu troops from Lhasa and elsewhere in Tibet.

    From 1911 to 1949, Tibet successfully avoided foreign influences. The Great Thirteenth Dalai Lama reasserted Tibet’s Independence in 1913 and in the same year Tibet entered into a Treaty with the Mongolians at Urga (Ulan-Bator). Tibet’s sovereignty was further confirmed at Treaty of Simla (July 3, 1914), which was concluded between Tibet and British India.

    Tibetan trade delegations visited India, the United Kingdom, the United States and China on Tibetan passports and were received as official delegation of a sovereign state. Besides, the representatives of the government of Tibet also took part in the Asian Relations Conference held in New Delhi on March 23, 1947 followed by Afro-Asian Conference held in Delhi in 1948.

    The turning point in Tibet’s history came in 1949, when the wave of Communism took control in China and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of the Peoples Republic of China crossed into Tibet. China made the Tibetan officials sign the so-called “17 point agreement for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet” under duress in May 1951.

    The 14th Dalai Lama at the vulnerable age of 16 took over the Spiritual and Temporal leadership of the Tibetans during the darkest hour of Tibetan history. The present Dalai Lama at the age of 24, fled to India under the protection of Tibetan guerilla forces, declared the 17 point agreement null and void, and setup the Tibetan Government in Exile in India, which is the continuation of the legitimate Government of Tibet.

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