China Forces Tibet’s Nomads Into Concentration ‘Settlements’

Tibet's Nomads Riding Towards A Planned Extinction

Tibet's Nomads Riding Towards A Planned Extinction

A traditional way-of-life which has flourished on the high grasslands of  Tibet is being silently strangled through policies which can only be understood as a form of cultural genocide, as hundreds-of-thousands of Tibetan nomads are being forced from their land. Communist China decided to ‘modernize’ Tibet’s ancient pastoral and nomadic economy, which has co-existed with the unique habitat of the Tibetan Plateau for millenia.

Guardians of The Grasslands Face Life In Concrete Settlements

Guardians of The Grasslands Face Life In Concrete Settlements

However operating behind the propaganda claims of  ecological protection and improving the conditions of Tibet’s nomadic population, is a policy that seeks to imprison some 2 million Tibetan nomads and exploit Tibet’s natural resources. Aimed at satisfying the needs of mainland China, the huge economic potential of Tibet’s considerable reserves of gas, oil,  minerals, water and timber provides no benefit the Tibetan people. Who, driven from their lands by communist China’s jack-booted paramilitary thugs, now find that open skies, yak-hair tents and snow-capped horizons have been replaced by barbed-wire and what are effectively concentration camps.  Traumatized, confused and intimidated they are abandoned to grieve at the loss their lifestyle.

Concentration Camps Await (Golok in Amdo Eastern Tibet)

Concentration Camps Await (Golok in Amdo Eastern Tibet)

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This state-engineered ethnic-cleansing operates on a scale not witnessed since the insane policies of Stalinist Russia, when countless numbers of  Crimean Tatars, Kalmyks, Chechens, Ingush, Balkars, Karachays and Meskhetian Turks had their land forcibly confiscated. The deportation of Tibetans into concentration settlements shares similar totalitarian objectives, to eradicate cultural and national identity and exert greater political and military control.  Such aims were revealed by remarks made last year by Tibet’s communist overlord Zhang Qingli  who noted in an internal Chinese journal that the “peace and contentment” that nomads derive from so-called improved housing “is the fundamental condition for us in holding the initiative in the struggle against the Dalai clique,” .

Communist China Fences Of Kham's Grasslands

Communist China Fences Of Kham's Grasslands

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Beijing is determined to crush resistance to Communist Chinese occupation and is investing considerable money into the creation of Tibetan reservations and concentration settlements. According to an October 2008 official communist Chinese report, the authorities occupying Tibet’s eastern region of Kham (which was annexed and renamed into Sichuan Province) declared that some 470,000 nomads would be resettled, from an estimated total of 530,000 nomads.  In the neighboring region of Amdo (annexed and renamed as Qinghai Province) during 2004 the communist regime demanded that by 2011 all Tibetan nomads would deported from their traditional lands.

Creating Tibetan Reservations

Creating Tibetan Reservations

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The planned extinction of Tibetan nomadism by Communist China has shamefully attracted little concern from the so-called international community, history screams from the sidelines and once again liberal democratic societies remain silent.

3 thoughts on “China Forces Tibet’s Nomads Into Concentration ‘Settlements’

  1. tibettruth says:

    Employing ‘red-herring’ responses to avoid the central issues does not strengthen the credibility of any argument which, on the dubious and baseless assumption of supposed benefits to Tibetans, tolerates the exploitation of Tibet and its people through the insidious promotion of alcohol across Tibet.

    Just to repeat for the benefit of understanding, alcoholism is increasing inside Tibet-Fact, Prior to the invasion of Tibet there was no industrialized production of alcohol, no proliferation of bars, night clubs, or karaoke bars-Fact. Nor were Tibetan towns and cities dripping with adverts for beer, as many are now-Fact. As such Tibettruth opposes, what is part of the machinery of communist China’s cultural oppression, it does so in full knowledge of the social injustice and crippling poverty experienced by Tibetans, however the nature of this campaign is focused upon how alcohol is used as yet another tool of oppression and exploitation against the Tibetan people, a cynical assault, courtesy of the colonialist policies of communist China.

    It is irrelevant that the company in question, Lhasa Brewery Company Limited, has foreign investment, that does not moderate any of the odious aspects of this issue, and we must recall too that this is a communist Chinese enterprise that benefits the occupying Regime by serving as a propaganda project. Like the overwhelming majority of business in occupied Tibet it’s managed and staffed by Chinese colonizers, any claim that it employs Tibetans, or benefits local Tibetans in a wider economic sense, must be treated with extreme caution. Why? Because the originator of such fact-free assertions is China’s Ministry of Propaganda (Xinhua et al). No one possessed of any normal intelligence or integrity can invest any belief in the transparent disinformation peddled by such official mouthpieces.

    As to the philanthropic ventures in Tibet which we are asked to believe (without any exact detail of which projects will gain and in what way) will seemingly receive 10 percent of the profits, this does not remove the fact that Lhasa Beer is a major supplier of alcohol across Tibet, that alcoholism is rising, supplied and encouraged by an expanding production from Lhasa Beer, that this company is supported and influenced by the communist Chinese regime, nor that alcohol is used as a corrosive weapon of oppression to undermine Tibetan society and create dependency.

    Anyone with even a limited understanding of what is happening in Tibet will recognize a propaganda exercise when they see it, and it has not escaped our attention, nor that of a number of our subscribers, that China’s Ministry of Propaganda has been very careful to feature the Lhasa Beer Limited Company http://english.chinatibetnews.com/news/Business/2009-06/12/content_258602.htm and the fact that its exporting to the United States as yet another exercise in disinformation. To create the illusion of a prosperous and contented Tibet. Even the imagery on the label has been crafted to convey that lie, and maybe you will note that the dominant color used just happens to be the same color scheme as communist China’s national flag! Every bottle sold in California is spreading such distortions.

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