Getting increasingly pissed at Voice Of America and its VOA Tibetan Service which consistently feature maps that may as well have been drafted by the propaganda department of China’s regime! When Tibetan national and cultural identity is facing a steady erosion due to China’s colonization of Tibet just what are organizations, which are seemingly sympathetic and supportive of Tibet’s cause doing promoting the cynical fictions engineered in Beijing’s laboratory of disinformation?
The answer may well be found in understanding that VOA is an extension of, and more importantly funded by, Federal Government, the State Department of which is no friend of Tibetan independence. Indeed their policy on China, summed up in one word, ‘appeasement’ is driven by trade and other economic considerations, after all guess which totalitarian country is bankrolling the United States!
So the suits over at 2201 C Street NW Washington, DC get the jitters on the mention of Tibet, especially regarding the issue of its status, Tibetan independence is a very dirty expression to John Kerry’s advisors. For decades the position has been to avoid entirely any reference to the historic and legal factors that support Tibet’s sovereignty and to focus instead on issues of human or cultural rights. The State Department has welcomed (and who knows may have been a consulting architect) the exiled Tibetan Administration’s ‘Middle Way Policy’ as that concedes Chinese territorial claims over Tibet. In advocating that and calling for dialog between the Dalai Lama and China on a resolution of the Tibetan issue, the DC diplomats are being duplicitous and evading entirely the reality that Tibetans inside Tibet are struggling to demand their national independence.
So to placate the sensitivities of the Chinese Regime concerning Tibet and maintain the lucrative commercial relations between the US and China every effort is made to reassure the tyrants of Beijing that the Government of the US does not in any way regard Tibet as separate from China. Which brings us back to the reportage of the Voice Of America and its Tibetan Service.
Given this somewhat cynical and corrupted context is it any wonder that when reporting on Tibet or Tibetan protests that VOA features maps that show only the so-called ‘Tibet Autonomous Region’ and endorse China’s claims that other Tibetan regions are part of Chinese Provinces!
It is censorship of the most perfidious kind, a gross hypocrisy by an organization that declares itself a voice for freedom of speech,and human rights, yet operates an editorial policy that misrepresents the facts in order to conform to the dictates of a State Department which must be suffering from sciatica given the amount of kow-towing it does to China’s regime.