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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."

NEGOTIATING WITH CHINA

November 14, 2011

by Tsoltim N. Shakabpa

 

Communists believe that religion is poison as Mao Zedong himself told His Holiness the Dalai Lama (sometime between 1954 - 1955), while to us Tibetans religion is the soul and foundation of our lives. Further, as we experienced in the past, Communists consider an agreement (treaty) like a "paper tiger" . They tear it up if and when it doesn't suit them and treat it like a predator if and when it suits them. For these two simple reasons alone, I firmly believe it is unwise to enter into any agreement with Communists.


I believe in His Holiness the Dalai Lama's endeavors to achieve genuine autonomy for Tibet. However, I strongly feel we should wait till China becomes a true and meaningful democracy. If we have genuine autonomy within a true democratic China, we can enjoy a large degree of political leverage and people power while benefiting from her wealth. Then we can use that as a stepping stone to regaining our complete independence, which is our ultimate goal.


How likely is it for China to become a democratic country? I believe it won't be too long before China begins to enjoy democracy.


The intellectuals and students in China are clamoring for democracy. The millions of Chinese overseas, who fled communism, are demanding democracy so that they can return to their homeland to enrich themselves and their country. There is a wide economic gap between the urban rich and rural poor in China, which is likely to flare up. China is no longer ruled by one man. She is ruled by consensus, within which there are powerful elements seriously considering some form of democracy. The minority races in China, which make up 10 percent of China's population, are totally dissatisfied with the tyrannical communist rule and, as in the case of Tibet, defiantly demonstrating against China's rule and occupation. The practice of capitalism with dictatorial communist characteristics is proving to be an eye sore, as in the Google case, as well as an impediment to transparency and intellectual property protection. Such characteristics also generally tend to benefit only loyal communist party cadres rather than the general public, creating another significant economic gap. Restrictive communist rules cannot, by virtue of logic and practicality, be digested by her thirst and appetite for capitalism, which calls for free enterprise. Concurrently, China is torn between the evils of inflation and deflation. Increasing inflation is ravaging her economy and if she deflates her economy she will be faced with millions of unemployed people and dissatisfied workers, who are likely to bring about a major political upheaval. She is walking a tight rope, from which she can fall any day. Additionally, modern technology has made the social media an epochal voice for freedom and revolution, which China cannot for too long escape.  And finally, powerful North American and European countries are putting the screws on China to turn it into a democratic nation.

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