It’s easy for folk to have an impression of China as a modernized, economically booming country. After all that’s been the narrative pushed by mainstream media since the 1980s and China’s restructuring of its domestic economy. It became a market-orientated economy, awarded by the USA Most Favored Nation status (from which human rights were eventually decoupled on the dubious assertion that unfettered economic engagement would lead to political democratization). Allowed entry to the World Trade Organization in 2001 the Chinese economy has gone on to become a dominant global force. The reportage of this transformation has become something of a cliché and become firmly placed in popular perception of China.
What’s been less reported is that this economic metamorphosis has enabled massive investments into China’s military occupation of Tibet and other occupied territories such as East Turkistan and Southern Mongolia. Nor has the mainstream media devoted any meaningful coverage to a parallel increase in the concentration of political power within the Chinese Communist Party. Indeed some would say that China’s embrace of capitalism and free trade was in part designed to maintain and strengthen the position of the regime. This has resulted in even greater repression, censorship and human rights concerns, which have been largely ignored and tolerated by other countries. Meanwhile China’s President Xi Jinping has consolidated to himself supreme political control, with the mass applause of the ‘National People’s Congress’.
Throughout the years China’s communist authorities have used fear and corruption to ensure control and that process has intensified, especially for the peoples of occupied Tibet and East Turkistan.
In the past few days so-called Tibet Television has been broadcasting a series targeting ‘anti-corruption’ and the ‘regulation’ of communist party members. Coded language for another propaganda drive to suppress any dissenting Tibetan voices within its administration. Another purge against Tibetan Buddhism and the Dalai Lama, as there’s no tolerance for any belief apart from the dictate of China’s communist party, as commentated upon in the Global Times (a conduit for China’s propaganda) by Xiong Kunxin, a lecturer at the so-called Tibet University in Lhasa:
‘The CPC remains an atheist organization. Thus, CPC members are banned from religious beliefs, because they can only believe in Marxism; believing in other religions means betrayal of their chosen belief and it will shake their belief in Marxism and separate them from the Party’.
China may well have opened the doors to global trade, it’s cities and manufacturing transformed by an economic revolution, but make no mistake at its political heart it remains a totalitarian state which murders, tortures and enslaves to retain power.
It’s awesome to see the growing support from Anonymous activists for Tibet’s cause, that such folk are prepared to invest their expertise and time to oppose the censorship and tyranny of China’s regime deserves much respect and appreciation. Especially when considering that such action is regarded as a form of criminality, placing any who engage in digital hacking with a risk of being charged and jailed.
Given that reality we applaud all those who are taking part in ‘Operation Tibet’ on February 13, your solidarity on Tibetan Independence Day with the just cause of Tibetan national freedom and advocacy of human rights for the people of Tibet is greatly welcomed.
There’s no more appropriate way to describe the assault against Tibetans in occupied Tibet as cultural genocide. It is a calculated and systematic program to assimilate Tibetans and their traditions, the objective for the Chinese regime is to eradicate any sense of Tibetan national or cultural identity.
This is implemented through mass colonization of Han Chinese into Tibet, forcing Tibetans nomads into concentration settlements, where they become utterly dependent upon the meagre handouts of the Chinese authorities. The urban landscape has also been Sinocized with towns across Tibet virtually indistinguishable from those in China. While in Tibetan homes families are fed a 24/7 stream of Chinese language TV.
For China’s tyrannical authorities such measures are not enough, in addition they target Tibetan children and have been replacing the teaching of Tibet’s language with Mandarin. In truth there are no schools in Tibet, in their place are indoctrination centers, designed to program students to identify as Chinese.
Tibetan dissident Mr Tashi Wangchuk witnessed this cancerous erosion and three years ago decided to take action in support of the Tibetan language. Having traveled to Beijing in order to formally lodge his concerns he was arrested and disappeared into a Chinese prison. Being a Tibetan, defending Tibet’s culture and spoken-tongue is now a crime!
According to Amnesty International April 12, 2017,
“That China remains among the world’s top executioners is no secret. According to Amnesty International’s latest global review of the death penalty, the number of death sentences handed out each year in the country is estimated to be in the thousands, a figure believed to be more than all other countries in the world put together. What remains a secret is the sheer scale of these executions; most information related to the death penalty is classified as “state secrets” under the country’s secrecy laws.”. To learn more on China’s mass executions go see
Prisoners on China’s ‘death-row’, often denied a fair legal process and subject to draconian and state controlled legal system suffer a range of abuse that violate a number of international treaties. Such injustices and violations have a long record in China, a report from British newspaper The Independent in March 24 2009 recorded that: “Chinese prisoners on death row are handcuffed with their feet shackled despite the prohibition under international prison standards on leg-irons and chains as instruments of restraint. Chinese lawyers also report that defendants on capital crime charges are normally brought to interviews at the detention centre in chains”.
Let’s get this right from the get go! It’s global knowledge that China is run on two principle operations, the generation of fear and corruption. Arguably the latter has more impact and effect, but that’s a story for another time. For now we’re going to highlight a case where these factors combine, one giving rise to the other. To begin let’s take you to the eastern region of Amdo, Tibet, to an area near the border with Southern Mongolia. At this location is situated a vast lake called in Tibetan Tso Ngonpo (Koko Nor in Mongolian).
Like every area in which China’s toxic presence has been felt since Tibet was invaded in 1950 its environment has suffered the impacts of mass tourism, mining and unregulated fishing. Now we need to take a short diversion here. For Tibetans fish are not regarded as a food resource, but a sentient life that’s respected and considered something like a water spirit. Especially those living in the sacred waters of Tso Ngonpo.
Image: made available by courageous Tibetans in occupied Tibet
Imagine then the profound sense of sadness and concern for Tibetans seeing, not only the once pristine shores of the lake become trashed by the unending flow of Chinese tourists and colonizers, but also witnessing the large scale nettting of fish. Despite the propaganda claims that Tibet’s is being protected this is tolerated by the occupying Chinese regime, whose local officials benefit from financial inducements!
With immense courage some Tibetans are taking direct action against this fishing, yet when they confiscate nets and hand them over to occupying Chinese officials it is they who face arrest!