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For years now efforts by the exiled Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) to convince China to agree a compromise on Tibet has been consistently and forcefully rejected by the Chinese authorities as a veiled bid to secure independence through the backdoor. Well in a spirit of satirical generosity we offer a solution to Lobsang Sangay, present ‘leader’ of the CTA, which we believe would dissolve China’s suspicions and secure the objective of autonomy for Tibetans, so desperately sought by Doctor Sangay. On May 8 at a presentation to the Council On Foreign Relations in DC he stunned the audience by announcing that “We don’t challenge, or ask for, an overthrow of the Communist Party. We don’t question or challenge the present structure of the ruling party.” adding “We are not asking for democracy for Tibetans in Tibet… we want rights as per the Chinese constitution.”.
Clearly he is dedicated and sincere in trying to secure for Tibetans the coveted status of Chinese citizens and the liberal rights and freedoms they enjoy, so here’s our eight point plan to advance that goal.
1). Dismantle entirely the political structure of governance in exile, this would include closing the Assembly Of Tibetan Deputies (effectively a Parliament)
2). Issue a formal declaration ending the office of the Kashag (the exiled Tibetan Cabinet)
3). Announce that the only legitimate government over Tibetans is that of the People’s Republic Of China (PRC)
4) Formally renounce any and all all political authority deriving from, and resign, your position as Sikyong (Political Leader) and formally close that office.
5). Release a formal statement agreeing that Taiwan is part of the PRC.
6) Publish a statement acknowledging that ‘Tibet’ is formed only by the boundaries of the so-called Tibet Autonomous Region
7) Release a formal admission that Tibet and its people, have since ancient times, been a part of China
8) Concede publicly that matters relating to Tibet and Tibetans is an internal affair of China and make known through a formal public announcement that all criticisms by the CTA of China and its polices in Tibet will end.
We believe that such measures would be a progressive and encouraging development in Doctor Sangay’s efforts to obtain a resolution to the ongoing impasse to negotiations with China. While there maybe some criticism of these compromises, no doubt from the usual hotheads who lack your political wisdom and insight, such is the price of reassuring China’s regime. After all the benefits are immense, citizenship under the laws on autonomy as defined by the Communist Party of China, what a rosy future that would mean for the Zang ethnic minority (formerly known at the Tibetans of U-Tsang)
In the year 330 BCE Alexander the Great conquered the Persian capital Pārśapura (Persepolis), and after looting its treasures, burned the great palace and surrounding city to the ground. Such is the nature of the invader and colonist. It’s the psychosis of the conqueror to destroy the cultural symbols of the vanquished and to impose representations of the new order, there’s racism operating in which the culture of a subject people is seen not merely as alien but inferior. An extension of such thinking portrays the invasion, occupation and exploitation of another culture as some form of inevitable ‘progress’, we only need to recall the ‘Manifest Destiny’ justification, that encouraged and excused the genocide against the Native American peoples. Within such imperialist reasoning there are no oppressed, no freedom denied or sovereignty stolen, what exists is a grateful people benefiting from the technical, economic and educational superiority of a more advanced society!
Of course symbolism as ever is important, a grand gesture to reinforce the notion of supremacy, no more appropriate setting for such aggression than an iconic cultural landmark or sacred location. A triumphalism let loose and a reminder of who holds the power. No place in North America illustrates such a racist and imperialist arrogance more disturbingly than the so-called national memorial in South Dakota.
Like the First Nations of North America the people of occupied Tibet are witnessing the destruction of their sacred landscape as mountains and lakes considered as holy are ruthlessly exploited by Chinese companies. The traditional architecture of Tibetan towns is facing extinction too, after decades of Chinese occupation many Tibetan settlements have been transformed into concrete and glass examples of Chinese ‘modernity’, with the loss of a unique architectural and cultural Tibetan heritage. Such obliteration is particularly noticeable in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, which has witnessed the demolition of the majority of Tibetan architecture. Indeed there remains now only a core of the traditional city and that has only been tolerated due to its appeal as a tourist cash-cow.
However even that area now appears under threat as China seeks to construct various shopping malls and offices in the center of Lhasa, an action that would add further erosive pressures upon that iconic symbol of Tibetan Buddhism, the Jokhang Temple. Recent reports from Tsering Woeser, the Chinese-Tibetan Blogger, has revealed a new program of destruction which has attracted the concern of Tibetans worldwide, who are mobilizing various campaigns to expose and oppose this latest assault upon Tibet’s rich heritage.
Image: via thetibetsun
Any efforts to oppose this destruction are welcome, however it should not be forgotten by anyone who feels sad and frustrated with the situation in Lhasa, that while China has the ability to demolish Tibetan architecture it cannot obliterate from Tibetan hearts the desire or determination to strive for an independent Tibetan nation.
Meanwhile if you feel compelled to take action against the loss of Tibetan architecture do contact Paris-based UNESCO, either call them directly +33 (0)1 45 68 10 00 or via their Twitter account at @UNESCO Ask them to issue a statement on China’s demolition of Tibetan architectural heritage in Lhasa.
Chinese paramilitary thugs have placed the town of Bayan in Amdo region of Eastern Tibet under lock-down following today’s self-immolation by Mr. Phakmo Dhondup, who protested against China’s illegal and violent occupation of Tibet. More details: HERE
Attention of Doctor Michael Spence
University of Sydney
We urge you to watch this video, that exposes the suffering and devastation of a family whose son was executed in one of China’s mobile death vans. Innocent of any crime, we wonder what happened to his organs, perhaps they, like so many other victims of this industrialized slaughter, were harvested for profit. A grisly trade indeed and one known very well by your academic colleague Doctor Huang Jiefu.
We note that a review is ongoing which may well remove the honors given by your University to that individual and we appeal again to your office to disassociate your place of learning from such a horrendous program that grossly violates human rights values and medial ethics
Anyone wishing to express their concern on this issue may email Doctor Spence via:
No doubt many of our visitors and subscribers had seen our recent posts about University Of Sydney’s very welcome decision to host the Dalai Lama for a speech in June. It was a honorable and entirely correct reversal by the University, who we publicly applauded for such a stand, however we read from an ABC report today of a further controversy that leaves leaves a sour taste indeed. It seems that the University is now under fire for honoring a Chinese Doctor reportedly involved with China’s program of harvesting organs from executed political and other prisoners.
Just what is such a respected academic institution doing bestowing honors upon a key figure linked with China’s organ trade? We have reported on this disturbing matter previously and are very saddened to read that the University has actually honored Docto Huang Jiefu! Surely its Executive are aware of the international concern and opposition to China’s industrialized killing and processing of bodies for the onward sale of organs? Is Doctor Michael Spence and his colleagues at Sydney ignorant of the fleets of mobile death vans that roam the countryside executing and process prisoners in order to secure undamaged and fresh organs, which no doubt meet the highest price!
It is a ghastly business and chillingly reminiscent of similar vehicles used by Himmler’s SS, an horrific industrialized process, in which a prisoner is injected with poison, often not dead the body is then butchered, with organs harvested for sale on what is a lucrative market, domestically and oveseas. Is this what http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/mobile-death-chambers-take-capital-punishment-on-the-road-1652594.html awaits the innocent victims of communist Chinese oppression?
We understand there is within the University itself deep concern and calls for that individual to be stripped of the honors bestowed upon him, a totally reasonable and ethical response. It is to be hoped that the Executive of University of Sydney will indeed act with integrity and make clear its profound opposition to China’s program or executions and its harvesting of human organs. People of compassion, principle and normal intelligence expect no less from an institution which surely cannot continue associating itself, through supporting Doctor Huang Jiefu, with the dark horrors of China’s regime.
Please join our efforts to lobby the University, express your concern and demand that Doctor Huang Jiefu be stripped of his Honors. Email Provost Professor Garton and Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence via:
Image: via http://www.anony.ws/image/OTb
We have just been told about breaking reports on Twitter that Anonymous has today crashed China’s propaganda site in Amdo region of occupied Tibet. The website http://www.qh.gov.cn has been targeted a number of times previously as part of Operation Tibet, it seems to have been crashed around 12.00 pm PDT and at the time of this post was still disabled. Thanks to our friends on Twitter for emailing us news of this latest action (and to @anonriddler for sharing a link to the image above) which looks to have been taken in solidarity for the Panchen Lama, Tibet’s most high profile political prisoner.
We have now received a number of separate confirmations that April 24 three Tibetans self-immolated in the Amdo Region of Occupied Tibet to protest China’s illegal and vicious occupation of Tibet. A 23 year-old woman self-immolated earlier in Dzamthang around 2.00 PM local time, while later in the day two monks Mr. Kunchok Woeser and Mr. Lobsang Dawa, set themselves ablaze outside Taksang Lhamo Kirti monastery in Ngaba region, around 6.30 pm