Our friends running @tibettruth have had a busy few weeks raising awareness and asking questions of a Tibetan athlete who on August 11 represented China at the London Olympics, they were extremely active in lobbying media to ensure that reportage took account of her Tibetan name and the fact she was born in Amdo in Eastern Tibet. Respect to @tibettruth and their many friends and supporters on Twitter for doing an awesome job. It was an issue of some controversy, after all though Tibetan she was representing the very regime, which so viciously oppresses Tibet and its culture. There were difficult questions to be asked, including the unpalatable reality that her participation was aiding China’s propaganda, a fact reflected in the reaction of the exiled Tibetan Administration, whose Minister Of Information, Dicki Choyang, informed Associated Press that, ”China uses things like this for their political gain”.
This reality was curiously ignored by some, who preferred to view Choeyang’s participation as a cause for celebration, a Tibetan sporting hero who deserved our praise, not critical examination. Such a view chooses to ignore or deny the fact that her involvement as a Chinese athlete, and subsequent media reportage, constituted propaganda that reinforces China’s bogus claims with respect to Tibet and the status of Tibetans.
China’s Communist Party knows all about disinformation,for decades it has distorted, lied and suppressed information concerning the situation inside Tibet, it has also sanctioned, organized and resourced the genocidal assault against Tibet and its culture. Without any doubt its hands are covered in the blood of countless Tibetan lives, so what new excuse will be offered by the deniers and apologists to explain that she is (according to a report by Associated Press) a card-carrying member of the Chinese Communist Party
According to AP “On the blog she keeps, Qieyang said she was sworn in as a member of China’s ruling Communist Party in July before coming to London to compete. ”Will be making a swear-in speech. A bit excited and a bit nervous,” she wrote. She sounded embarrassed when asked why she joined — again, clearly trying not to put a foot wrong. ”Why? I … I … How to say? It’s all good,” she said. Source
This being so and we can only consider Associated Press to be a reliable and reputable media source then the involvement of the CCP and membership of this Tibetan athlete adds a further troubling dimension.