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Opinion: Genuine Autonomy & the Middle Way

November 21, 2008

By Tsoltim Ngima Shakabpa
sent by email
November 19, 2008

Seeking genuine autonomy is a political issue. Preaching The Middle
Way, such as non-violence, is a spiritual teaching.

I am for the Middle Way Approach but not for seeking genuine autonomy
under the sovereignty of communist China, which is both tyrannical
and autocratic.

As at present or the near future, it is highly unlikely to obtain the
much-needed international support for our independence, I am
therefore, in the interim, for seeking genuine autonomy for the whole
of ethnic Tibet under one democratically-elected Tibetan
administration within the realm of a truly democratic China in order
to preserve our race, religion, culture and environment under a large
degree of freedom.

By a "truly democratic China", I mean a democratic China not by
Chinese standards but by international standards practiced by the free world.

If we are able to achieve genuine autonomy within the framework of a
truly democratic China, it will be a secure stepping stone to
eventually regaining complete independence, which is our final objective.

I feel that it won't be too long before China becomes a democracy
because (i) millions of Chinese who have fled communism and are
living outside China strongly desire democracy, (ii) Chinese students
and intellectuals inside China are clamoring for democracy, (iii)
liberals within the Communist Party of China are discontented with
the political posture of their hard line comrades, (iv) China is no
longer ruled by the whims and capriciousness of a single individual
but is slowly changing to and employing consultative means, among
which are the voices of the liberals, (v) there exits in China the
unusual practice of discriminatory capitalism fed by socialistic
means, along with a burgeoning inflation, which may herald an
economic disaster, and last but not least, (vi) there is in China a
wide economic disparity between the majority rural poor and the
minority urban rich, which may lead to a revolution.
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