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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

Exposing China's propaganda and lies

September 11, 2010

By Tsering Wangchuk/translated by Dhundup Gyalpo
Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
September 8, 2010

Earlier this June, this writer published a
response to Du Xinyu's article denouncing Tibetan
democracy as a PR stunt meant for scoring
political brownie points. The "signed article"
was widely published by the official Chinese
media in Chinese, English and Tibetan.

Although this writer's rebuttal had conclusively
invalidated all his accusations in a fairly
resounding manner, Du Xinyu still had the
gumption to knock out yet another follow-up
piece, which again turned out to be more or less
a rehash of the same bland allegations based on
shoddy facts and hollow arguments.

If that article is any indication, the writer
takes excessive comfort in self-delusion and
denial, or perhaps, he is merely pandering to the
whims of his superiors, judging by his total
disregard for intellectual honesty, and penchant
for lies and deceit in defending the indefensible.

As in his previous article, the writer is again
crying foul. He mourns that the "senior
interlocutors of Tibetan government" have been
picking on him merely for writing a critical
piece, hurling derisive comments like "shameless"
and a propaganda stooge of the Chinese Communist
Party. Whereas, in reality, he claims to be only
an ordinary observer of Tibet, not a member of CCP.

However, we still have absolutely no qualms as to
his affiliation with the CCP. The way he has been
going at His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the
exile administration, he could very well pass for
even an official spokesperson of the CCP. As his
jargon does not gel with his cover of being
merely “an ordinary Tibet observer”, he appears
to be masquerading as an innocent victim to
cajole sympathy from the gullible public. Sounds
lot like a wolf wailing in lamb’s skin?

If all this were merely a matter of making some
criticism, as he likes to claim, I wonder whether
he could muster enough courage and display the
same tenacity in contributing an equally critical
take on, say, the corruption or wrongdoings of
any Chinese leader. No need to guess on that?

In a reciprocal gesture, Du Xinyu identified this
writer as one of the top "interlocutors” of the
“Dalai clique”, which unfortunately is totally
inaccurate. I am also an ordinary Tibetan from a
humble background, who was groomed by the Chinese
education system and had for many years worked in
several media and propaganda departments of the
Chinese government. We were eventually forced to
escape from Tibet when we simply could not put up with Chinese oppression.

Du’s recent article once again exposed his
profound ignorance, if not stupidity, on exile
Tibetan issues. Although his article deserves not
even a customary courtesy of acknowledgment, in
light of the fact that many people rely on
internet for information, I shall point out some
of his misunderstandings and misinformation.

In addition, all that Du has done was to
regurgitate in verbatim the same old rhetoric on
His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan
administration, I therefore could not help myself
from putting pen to paper and setting the records
straight for yet another time.

Just as a popular saying goes, a gou1 never gives
up on eating the "proverbial", the writer keeps
on employing the same old lies and deceit. In
what was the most ridiculously laughable, he
claims that no one from “the Dalai clique” has so
far been able to refute the facts in his previous
article that Tibetan democracy is a "theocratic
autocracy" that "mixes religion with politics".
He then gives himself a self-congratulatory pat,
saying "They have absolutely no answer!" One
could almost see him doing a victory jig!

Be that as it may, it is a truism that the
Tibetan administration based at Dharamshala,
India, is deemed by all Tibetans, in or outside
Tibet, as their sole legitimate government that
is firmly grounded on the principles of truth,
non-violence and democracy. Furthermore, the
governments and parliaments across the globe also
recognize this fact, whether in letter or spirit.
That is the reason it has come to be the
proverbial "thorn in the flesh" for the CCP; they
therefore keep on taking digs at Tibetan
democracy, denouncing it as a public relations exercise.

The truth is Tibetan democratic system belongs to
an altogether different league, separate and way
ahead of the "socialism with Chinese
characteristics" that excels but only in the
expression of “hanging out a sheep’s head to sell dog meat.”

His Holiness the Dalai Lama's relentless efforts
to completely democratize the exile system of
governance are a universal fact. We Tibetans
never fail in counting our blessings that unlike
the democratic experiences in other parts of the
world, ours has been a totally top-down
initiative. “It is a gift from His Holiness the Dalai Lama.”

Similarly, the Tibetan people have always been
unanimous in urging, in fact begging, His
Holiness the Dalai Lama to continue performing
his legitimate responsibility as the leader of Tibetan people.

After the Chinese armed repression on Tibet, when
His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1959 took refuge
in India, he at once began the democratization
process with a series of reforms, including the
promulgation of a draft democratic constitution
in March 1963. "The Guidelines for Future Tibet's
Polity and Basic Features of its Constitution",
issued by His Holiness in 1992, categorically
stated that he will not hold any political
position in the future democratic government of Tibet.

The buck of Tibetan political leadership today
stops at the Kalon Tripa, who is directly elected
by the people through free and fair democratic
elections based on the Charter of Tibetans in
Exile, the highest law governing the functioning
of the Tibetan administration. In fact, all major
policy decisions are deliberated and approved
only by the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile; its
members are also directly elected by the people.

Factor in all that and it becomes candidly clear
why His Holiness the Dalai Lama represents the
highest aspirations and interest of the entire
Tibetan people. Even a great many Chinese also
speak highly about the system of Tibetan polity.

If Du Xinyu still refuses to appreciate a system
that upholds rule of law and democratic
elections, a system in which the ultimate power
rests in the hands of people, his notion about
democracy is certainly questionable. He should
therefore try comparing the Tibetan system with
his "people's democratic dictatorship".

Explaining how the Tibetan administration clamps
down hard on dissenters, Du Xinyu liberally
quoted Chime Ringzin, whom he identified as an
exclusive member of the inner hub of “Dalai
clique”!? As I know it, and so do the rest of
people, Chime has been secretary of the
Delhi-based Dhogyal outfit. [Its estranged
members have been lavishly patronized by China,
especially in the recent past, only to be
exploited as their choice weapon against His
Holiness the Dalai Lama and the exile administration.]

My question however is when and in what capacity
was Chime ever affiliated to the Tibetan
administration? To suggest that he belonged to
the inner coterie of "Dalai clique" is outright rubbish.

Du also reiterated the same old flimsy allegation
that "the Dalai clique" has in the past carried
out political hits on at least 10 dissenters
without substantiating it with even a logical
explanation, let alone any concrete evidence. In
actuality, it was the Dhogyal people that created
global headlines for brutally murdering the
former director of Institute of Buddhist
Dialectics, along with two of his students, here
in Dharamshala. All those accused in the murder
later escaped to Tibet, reportedly under the official patronage.

To cite another absurd allegation, Du claimed
that the former speaker of present Tibetan
parliament, Karma Choephel, was forced to resign
from the post of speaker merely because he was a
staunch supporter of Tibetan independence.

When the present 14th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile
took office in 2006, the voting on the new
speaker resulted in an unusually “hung
parliament”, that is a tie between two
contestants, Karma Choephel and Pempa Tsering.
Even after the Tibetan Election Commission
conducted voting three times, the tie remained
unbroken. Eventually, an arrangement was worked
out by which Karma Choephel and Penpa Tsering
were to share the post of speaker in two equal terms.

Du Xinyu followed that up with another shocking
and outrageous allegation that the present Kalon
Tripa, Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche, led a mob of over
200 people in assaulting and burning down the
office of Delhi-based Chushi Gangdruk, headed by
Athar. This again is an out-and-out lie.

On the day of incident, which Du has maliciously
distorted to suit his narrative, Kalon Tripa was
not even present in Delhi. The actual truth was,
in around May 1994, some functionaries of the
Delhi-based office of Chushi Gangdruk had raised
heckles across the Tibetan community by meeting
and signing a "joint declaration" with members of
the Bodsog Lekhung (Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs
Commission, Taiwan). Furthermore, the Tibetan
parliament had already passed a resolution
banning any form of relations with Bodsog Lekhung for various reasons.

Consequently, numerous members of Chushi Gangdruk
had approached the Tibetan parliament expressing
their staunch opposition to the “joint
declaration”. In this context, on 14 July 1994, a
group of local Tibetans, led by some MPs and camp
leaders, gathered outside the office of Chushi
Gangdruk, demanding explanations for their deeds.
Some people denounced the declaration as invalid,
while others called for the resignation of those
complicit in making that “joint declaration”.
Later, the volatile situation could have easily
turned nasty had the local Tibetan welfare
officer and others not arrived in the nick of
time and pacified the crowd into dispersing to
their respective places. The allegation of an
attempted assault on the office of Chushi
Gangdruk or Arthar is therefore entirely a figment of Du Xinyu’s creativity.

As in his previous article, Du Xinyu again
implied that the Tibetan administration had a
role in the assassination of Gungthang Tsultrim.
The exile community however is in no doubt that
the authoritarian tendencies of Gungthang
Tsultrim led to bitter rivalry and infighting
within the Tsokhag Chusum faction that Gungthang
headed. Many believe this to be the main reason
behind his assassination, especially if you go by
the Indian court ruling on this case.

Du Xinyu then quoted a piece by Jamyang Norbu,
saying a reward of 200,000 rupees was declared
for anyone who would murder Pema Bhum, a reputed
Tibetan scholar. The actual truth however was bit
different. Soon after Pema Bhum arrived in India,
he had published an essay that was highly
critical on Tibetan religion, leading to protest by a group of monks.

On the other hand, appreciating the academic
scholarship of Pema Bhum, the Education
Department employed him in its publication
section. As of now, he is working as a researcher
in the US. Thus, to say that the Tibetan
administration has offered reward for murdering him is just a bold faced lie.

Finally, Du quoted a recent incident that the
Tibetan administration and parliament came down
hard on a blogger for his scathing comments. Here
again, Du has twisted the whole thing to suit his own narrative.

Frankly speaking, the concerned person, Kesang,
is still here in Dharamshala. On 18 August 2008,
he was disqualified from a staff recruitment test
conducted in Chinese language as his academic
credentials were found to have been forged. While
vetting his documents, the relevant officials
found significant discrepancies in crucial facts
on his college degree and resume. This was only
reason why Kesang went online, crying foul.

Lest Du might again complain the Tibetans are mum
on his allegations, in case he still dabbles in
pedaling more lies in future, rest assured that
this writer would be more than happy to explain with truth and honesty.

NB The above is a rush translation of original Chinese published in Boxun.
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