Image: original artwork by @badiucao/text amendment from @tibettruth
If you were asked to vote on which is more important, development or human rights, you may abstain on the reasoning that the two are in a way interdependent. How would you decide if this choice was amended by an insistence that human rights are not universal, but defined by the social, cultural and political characteristics of each state? Are you reaching for the reject button yet?
Well that ‘reasoning’ is being successfully argued by the Chinese regime (no surprise there then) within the United Nations Human Rights Council, of which incredibly it is a member. Its representatives have for some time now been pushing an agenda which affirms‘human rights with Chinese characteristics’.
In short that means subservience to the dictate of the state, development minus the protection (or respect) for individual human rights. The sort of deal that would have corrupt governments and corporations salivating, right?
At the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee in Geneva which closed February 22, a resolution proposed by China in 2017 (and adopted) entitled, “The contribution of development to the enjoyment of all human rights” was before the Committee for a vote. This followed a request by the United States.
The Chinese resolution was adopted by a vote of 30 in favour to 13 against. What does that say of the motive of member states which voted their approval? What chance has human rights when the very international institution charged with its protection diminishes its importance in favor of unfettered development?
It would be easy for people, on the basis of President Trump’s comments on China to conclude that the USA is on a course of getting tougher with the Chinese authorities, trade of course is key in the present tensions between the two.
However behind the scenes, the State Department and its foreign policy experts are still applying a thick layer of appeasement when it comes to China. The occupants of the White House come and go but that failed and fossilized approach of ‘constructive enagagement’ continues within the corridors at 2201 C St., NW.
On February 8 Ms Alice G. Wells Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs hosted at the State Department a reception to mark Tibetan New Year. We just got a copy of her speech in which she repeatedly references ‘Himalayan Region, peoples or communities’ There is of course no mention of Tibet, quite what those Tibetans gathered there thought of this would be interesting to note. As it will be to see how long her remarks remain on the State Department website!
Image: Nyima Binara/CTA
Now that omission is no accident, the deliberate avoidance of mentioning Tibet in favor of ‘Himalayan Region’ is a reflection of the mindest of appeasement within the State Department to China. Fearful, even within the bowels of its Washington DC HQ of causing any offence, or being seen to endorse the very notion of an actual land called Tibet! Pathetic!
Well it was an awesome Tibetan Independence Day such incredible support from Anonymous activists and a lot of interest across social media.
It was a really positive focus and platform to raise the issue of Tibet’s status as a nation under an illegal occupation/ whose people have every right to their country’s national freedom. Thanks to all our friends and subscribers for the amazing solidarity you show with Tibet’s cause and our digital activism.
We’ve been seeing a massive increase in views of our Blog, and recently it’s getting lots of hits from China and also Hong Kong. We’re happy to see that growing outreach to a Chinese audience. No doubts some will be China’s online cyber-army, but others will be looking for a more truthful perspective on Tibet and the plight of Tibetans. On Twitter too our crew have been noticing lots of follows from China-based accounts, whatever the motive of such interest they’ve come to right place if they’re looking to get a more grounded and realistic understanding of Tibet.
Have you seen it maybe, or read about the virtual invasion of college campuses across the USA and elsewhere by Chinese students?
Academic institutions seeking funding and research collaborations have been pro-active in partnering with China’s regime, many agreeing to the controversial Confucius Institutes, which are now exposed as a front for covert actions from the Chinese intelligence services.
As the saying goes, ‘If you open the window the flies will come in’ and while the majority of Chinese students are genuine seekers of higher-education there’s no doubt that among them are a number whose objectives range from espionage to furthering the political and ideological narrative of China’s regime.
Look at what’s going down in University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Student Union where a Tibetan was recently elected to position of President of the SCSU. Ms Chemi Lhamo having won the vote received more than congratulation, in a short time Chinese students were voicing their opposition and demanding a fresh election.
We hear a lot across mainstream media about the radicalization of Muslims, yet virtually no exposure is given to the institutional indoctrination of an entire generation of Chinese youth. Who have been radicalized by China’s regime, programed through social and educational strategies to become fervent supporters of a totalitarian ideology that encourages nationalism and blind obedience to the dictate of the state. Such is the mindset which has been let loose across campuses!
After reporting on China’s cyber-attack against pro-Tibet organizations and with the launch of Anonymous’ ‘Operation Tibet’ scheduled for Tibetan Independence Day on February 13 we noticed couple hours back a curious email dropping into the inbox.
Seemingly sent from an account with a Tibetan sounding name it asked “Who is this?” and contained the poorly worded and bizarre message “R u now this is high lama”.
It also featured a shortened link which if clicked, presumably, was to satisfy the hoped for curiosity we were supposed to feel.
Like all uninvited incoming communications this was examined with care and given its content considered as being hostile action. It was deleted and a number of precautionary security checks run.
We remind the cyber division of China’s regime that your efforts to plant malware will continue to be met with rigorous scrutiny and defense.
Meanwhile, should Mr ‘Dawa Phuntsok’ be reading this, and prove to be a Tibetan who genuinely wishes to genuinely contact us he can do so via our Twitter account @tibettruth or on Facebook @digitalactivism
Use of this video is for educational purposes, information and fair use. We are happy to declare this disturbing demonstration of appeasement is copyright of UK Government.
What’s going down with England’s Prime Minister? Hasn’t she got enough to contend with, trying to square the tortuous circle of exiting the European Union? Well looks like Mrs May has time enough to grovel before the Chinese regime in a nausea inducing video released today by her office. Desperate for business at any cost or humiliation, maybe next time her advisors will let her know there’s no such thing as Chinese New Year, as in China it’s called Spring Festival!
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.