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Many Chinese Sympathetic to Tibet: Poll - Radio Free Asia

Many Chinese Sympathetic to Tibet: Poll - Radio Free Asia | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it

The Hindu Many Chinese Sympathetic to Tibet: Poll Radio Free Asia 21, 2013. AFP.


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"Mainland Chinese are largely sympathetic to the cause of Tibet but do not necessarily support self-immolation protests challenging Beijing’s rule in Tibetan-populated areas, according to a random survey carried out by RFA.

Chinese living in Tibetan-populated areas meanwhile are guarded in their comments on the more than 100 burning protests that have occurred so far, according to the survey by RFA's Tibetan Service, which polled about 30 Chinese citizens over the last few months.    

“The oppression of Tibetans and the persecution by one race of another, aimed at eliminating their culture, is unacceptable in today’s world,” said a woman living in China’s northeast province of Jilin.

“It is unacceptable that one race should oppress the rights of another,” she said amid Tibetan concerns that their religion, culture, and language are being eroded under Chinese government policies aimed at clamping down on monasteries and other Tibetan institutions.

A Chinese man living in the south-central province of Guizhou said that he “wholeheartedly” supports and prays for those Tibetans who have self-immolated “for the cause of the Tibetan people.”

“I wish them success. May their aspirations be fulfilled!”

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‘Tsampa revolution’ gathers pace – Students for a Free Tibet UK | Students for a Free Tibet UK

‘Tsampa revolution’ gathers pace – Students for a Free Tibet UK | Students for a Free Tibet UK | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
The Tibetan people continue to defy Chinese rule as large scale protests and incidents of dissent are taking place on a daily basis, including at Bora (RT @MandieTibetNet: Tibetan ‘Tsampa revolution’ gathers pace http://t.co/6ANzHrNL...)...

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Tibet: Autonomy vs Repression

Tibet: Autonomy vs Repression | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it

This week, I quoted Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek about the possibility of ‘independence' for Tibet. In 1945, Chiang announced in the Chinese Parliament that his Government desired to allow the ‘frontier racial groups’ to attain independence, if capable of doing so. He affirmed: “I solemnly declare that if the Tibetans should at this time express a wish for self-government our Government would, in conformity with our sincere traditions, accord it a very high degree of autonomy. If in the future, they fulfill economic requirement of independence, the nation’s Government will, as in the case of Outer Mongolia, help them to attain this status”.


In the early days of the Chinese Revolution, the Communists also believed in giving a large autonomy to the Nationalities.


As Tsering Woeser states in her blog: "After the Red Army had firmly settled in Yan’an, Mao Zedong told the American journalist Edgar Snow: 'the Red Army’s only external debt is that it took away the food from the outer ethnic minorities and now owes them, one day, we must repay this debt.' But what does this 'external debt' mean? Does this not refer to owing a foreign country? It shows that at the time, Mao Zedong did not consider Tibet a part of China."

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Beijing's Pilgrim 'Flexibility' Puzzling

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The Chinese government allows up to 10,000 Tibetans pilgrims to travel to India to see the Dalai Lama at the 'Kalachakra' ritual.

 

When the Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya opens to the public each day at 4:00 a.m., the pilgrim queue already stretches out for half a mile. Through a sheath of grey winter mist, the ground pulsates with the motions of thousands of Tibetans, praying and prostrating on planks of wood, blankets, and wet grass.

 

The chubas, hats, shoes, and jewelry from Amdo, Kham, and Utsang, reveal the beauty and variety of Tibetan culture at this vast congregation of pilgrims who have come for the Dalai Lama's ancient Kalachakra ritual in the Indian town believed to be the place where Buddha attained enlightenment.

 

But amid charges that China is intensifying its assaults on Buddhism inside Tibet, and as more monks and nuns are driven to self-immolation, everyone here is wondering: why has the Chinese government allowed up to 10,000 Tibetans pilgrims to travel to India to see the Dalai Lama?

 

Tenzin Tsundue, the renowned poet and activist who is volunteering at the Tibetan Youth Congress tent, says: "The majority of people who have come from Tibet are over age 55. No one has come from Qinghai Province, where most of the self immolations are happening."

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Chinese Forces Reportedly Open Fire on Protesting Tibetans

Chinese Forces Reportedly Open Fire on Protesting Tibetans | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
A protest was reportedly met with violence after a Tibetan man set himself on fire to protest Chinese policies in the Tibetan areas.

 

Chinese security forces on Saturday fired into a crowd of Tibetans in a restive area of Sichuan Province after they tried to take away the body of a Tibetan man who had died after setting himself on fire that morning to protest Chinese policies in the Tibetan areas, according to reports from two Tibet advocacy groups and Tibetan officials in the exile government in India.

 

It appeared that at least two people had been hit by gunfire, and one of those might have been killed, said Kate Saunders, a spokeswoman for International Campaign for Tibet, which is based in Washington. Ms. Saunders said the group had spoken to at least two sources.

 

Another group, Free Tibet, said it had confirmed reports that a Tibetan woman was shot. There were unconfirmed reports that many others were also hit, said Stephanie Brigden, the director of the group, which is based in London. Security officials in the area could not be reached for comment on Saturday night.

 

The violence took place in the town of Aba, known in Tibetan as Ngaba

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Pertinent Comment on this article :

by Andrew Colesville, MD

 

The Chinese bureaucratic-comprador capitalist class (CBCCC) faces four sovereignty challenges ― potential independences of Taiwan, Tibet, Xinjiang and loss of South China Sea. Although Dalai Lama had openly renounced Tibet independence, overseas Tibetans, India and some of the international NGO strive for its partial independence or fair amount of self-government and refuse to recognize fully China’s sovereignty over Tibet, regardless of the historical evidences. China’s vast population reaches a crescendo in protection of China’s sovereignty integrity. This is natural ― the U.S. population would likely object to independences of the Hawaii islands, the States of Texas and California, etc., if promoted by some foreign or local powers.

“The police began beating the man after putting out his flames” should compare with the startlingly vile event that U.S. marines urinated on the Taliban corpse in Afghanistan. “At least 12 Tibetans have died through self-immolation since 2009.” This reminds us of the sole self-immolation last year in Tunisia that ignited the Arab Spring. Why can the Chinese people tolerate so many self-immolations in China without outrage?

CBCCC has bought off the upper class but cannot buy popular support in China. Chinese working class should resolutely repudiate provincialism & unite to fight back against the CBCCC for justice, rationality, egalitarianism and democracy everywhere in China, regardless of ethnicity, language, culture and religion.

 

 

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The Tibetan Problem: Erasing Tibetan ethnic Identity from Chinese citizenship

The Tibetan Problem: Erasing Tibetan ethnic Identity from Chinese citizenship | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it

Over the last twenty years, the PRC has gradually implemented policies to erase Tibetan identity and promote a national, overreaching Chinese identity. It determined that the rights of ethnic minorities granted in a 1984 law on Minority Regional Autonomy seriously threatened the authority of the central government and, in 2001, new and changed laws were passed that "downplayed the role of minority languages and cultures while promoting...Mandarin as the super language". Now, "everyone is a member of the Chinese nation, a category that supersedes the separate ethnic nationalities". Thus, Tibetan ethnicity has been reduced to a personal identity, a matter of choice rather than a defined status under Chinese rule.

 

The central leaders have attempted to address the continuing "Tibetan problem" with the solution of development and assimilation. Yet, development theory is inherently flawed because it assumes all subjected cultures desire the consumerist culture of the West. But evidence suggests strongly that six decades of the Soviet model only strengthened Tibetan identity, revalidated Tibetan culture, history, values, language, and solidarity.


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Fareed Zakaria: Democracy in China? Change in today's China is rarely bottom-up and sweeping in nature

Fareed Zakaria: Democracy in China? Change in today's China is rarely bottom-up and sweeping in nature | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it

There were real elections in China last week - of the people and by the people. Welcome to Wukan. It's a small fishing village in South-East China, just a few hundred miles from Hong Kong. In Wukan the people didn't give up. They were remarkably organized in holding noisy mass rallies and they drove out the local leaders who were complicit in the "land grabs". The provincial government conceded to the villagers' demands. All that led to scenes last week of 6,000 villagers voting in an organized fashion.


So democracy is possible in China? For every Wukan, there is a Tibet. China's leaders know how to brandish an iron fist just as they know how to use a velvet glove. The idea that central command in Beijing would allow broader national moves towards democracy is probably a fallacy.


There is one larger potential trend here. Watch China's leadership transition later this year very closely. If reform-minded provincial leaders make the nine-member Politburo Standing Committee, then perhaps there may be a shift towards some looser controls. But remember one thing: Change in today's China is rarely bottom-up and sweeping in nature. If there's going to be change, for now it's going be incremental and it will come from the top down.


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Claude Arpi: Dreaming about Future Tibet

Claude Arpi: Dreaming about Future Tibet | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it

Today, Tibetans inside and outside Tibet, 'celebrate' Losar, the Tibetan Lunar New Year, (Water Dragon Year, 2139).


One could ask, is there anything to celebrate?
Yes, one can celebrate the dream of Future Tibet.
That is the reason why I am posting here the transcript of a talk given by Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche, the former Kalon Tripa (Prime Minister of the Central Tibetan Administration) at the Pavilion of Tibetan Culture (Auroville) on January 28, 2012.
Because the situation is grim in Tibet today, it is all the more important to dream about a better future. Samdhong Rinpoche speaks very powerfully on the subject.

 

I would like to dedicate this 'dream' to Tenzin Choeden, a young 18-year old nun of Ngaba (Eastern Tibet) who immolated herself on February 11, as well as to all her companions who offered their lives for a better world.

 

Dreaming about Future Tibet


Presenter:

It is not necessary to introduce Prof Samdhong Rinpoche again, though there are many things we could say about him, but perhaps, he will not like to be praised; anyhow, he is someone really remarkable and we are really happy to have him here with us.
He had come here a few years back, and spoken to a group of us about a small booklet that he had written on The Future of Tibet.
For most of us, it was very inspiring.
It was about Rinpoche’s dream for a future Tibet.
To dream is important; isn’t it his capacity to dream that makes a human being very different from other species?
If you have read the newspaper about what has happened in Tibet during the last few days, you may have seen that many people have been killed, many people have been arrested. Monks and nuns have immolated themselves. If one looks at the situation in Tibet and elsewhere, it's very grim, it is very depressing.
At the same time, one should not stop dreaming. And Prof Rinpoche among his many qualities, is one of the few Tibetans, along with his Holiness, the Dalai Lama, who, despite the present, has been able to dream about the future of Tibet.
What will happen in the future on the Roof of the World?
What is the ideal society that Tibetans would like to live in?
We would like to request Prof Samdhong Rinpoche to speak about his dream.
Regardless of today’s political situation, what should be the Tibet of tomorrow? What are your dreams for Tibet?
What is for you, Rinpoche, the Perfect Tibet?
Respected Rinpoche, may I request you to speak on this subject?

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Tibet- Thousands Attend Funeral

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Defying a security clampdown, thousands of Tibetans gathered on Monday in a Tibetan region of China’s Qinghai province to honor a respected religious leader who died in a self-immolation protest against rule by Beijing.

 

The high-ranking lama, called Sopa and aged 42, set himself ablaze and died on Sunday in front of the police station of Darlag (in Chinese, Dari) county in the Golog Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture after shouting slogans calling for freedom for Tibet.

 

The Chinese authorities at first refused to hand over Sopa’s body to his relatives but relented after hundreds of angry Tibetans smashed windows and doors of the local police station.

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Tibet: Deadly Torture Of Political Protesters

Tibet: Deadly Torture Of Political Protesters | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it

Chinese torture caused death of Tibetan prisoner and leaves friend paralyzed.

 

Below is an article published by Voice of America

 

Norlha Ashagtsang, 49, succumbed to the after effects of torture on 27 December 2011, in Lhasa, Tibet. Ashagtsang was from Pemashang, Joda County, TAR, and he was detained along with a friend, Gonpo Dhargyal, on 27 June 2009 when they were protesting against Chinese repression in Derge. They were severely beaten by PAP and local police at the time of being detained and were later taken to Chamdo. “They were sentenced to 6 and 5 years respectively” says Geshe Monlam Tharchin, Standing committee member of Tibetan Parliament in Exile.

 

After prolonged illness due to injuries sustained from torture and beatings during detention, Ashagtsang was released on medical parole in 2011. He was taken to Chengdu for medical treatment several times but passed away on 27th December 2011. Citing a reliable source, Geshe Monlam Tharchin said ‘he succumbed to Chinese torture’.

 

His friend Gonpo Dhargyal was also released at around the same time as Norlha, also under Medical Parole. “Dhargyal is presently undergoing treatment, but he is paralyzed from the waist down” said Geshe Monlam Tharchin

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