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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."

An Effort at a Brief Summary of the Tibetan Problem

April 3, 2009

Christian Lanciai
The Free Thinker (Sweden)
Issue No. 21
March 2009

To incorporate Tibet into China was one of Mao
Zedong’s first and major ambitions as he took
over absolute power in China 1949, and already
the following year he embarked on realizing his
plans occupying the peaceful and pacifist Tibet
by force and armies. That however was not the end
of his ambitions, but he also decided to dispose
of the problem of the Tibetan mentality, which
was predominantly religious, spiritual and
philosophical, while Mao Zedong and his party
were bent on enforcing atheism and materialism
throughout China. In Tibet Buddhism was the state
religion, since it was no secular state but a
theocracy, why Mao Zedong felt himself obliged to
introduce atheism and the only allowable
materialistic outlook on life in Tibet by force.
In accordance thereto, the struggle against the
monastic culture was introduced. Already in 1956
this led to problems in eastern Tibet, wherefore
harder measures were considered necessary: the
monasteries started to be bombed.

In 1959 it was all too clear to the Tibetans,
that the Chinese propaganda about "liberating"
Tibet only was the official excuse to enforce
their occupation of Tibet to steal it from the
Tibetans. Already in the 50s Mao Zedong nourished
the ambition to people Tibet with 50 million
Chinese in order to engulf the Tibetan population
and make it disappear. Tibet was quite simply to
be completely sinofied, for the disposal of all
possible Tibetan problems. The same policy was
successfully carried through in Manchuria (where
the Manchurian original population already had
been reduced to one percent) while East Turkestan
offered a somewhat more difficult challenge,
since the population there was Turkish and Muslim
and had nothing at all in common with the Chinese
world. Tibet at least had always been in touch
with China, although that relationship always had been traumatic.

When the Chinese fired off two grenades in Lhasa
to scare off a gathering of the people in March
1959, Dalai Lama had enough and went into exile
to form an exile government in India. His exile
there celebrates 50 years this year and is
without parallel in history for a head of state.
He has constantly advocated a peaceful settlement
with China and even agreed to Tibet being a part
of China, if at least Tibet was given autonomy,
which China as consistently has turned down,
while their angry propaganda during all these
years has denounced Dalai Lama as something like
the worst scoundrel ever in Asia – their insults
and libel of the Dalai Lama have during all these
50 years interminably been senseless and
exaggerated in one-sided chronical aggression.

Dalai Lama’s co-regent in Tibet and their
spiritual leader the Panchen Lama, who remained
in Tibet and almost always was co-operative and
obedient to the Chinese, called in 1964 the
attention to the gross evils which the enforced
Chinese occupation had caused Tibet, accusing
China of causing mass starvation among other
things. China has never tolerated criticism and
least of all if it was justified, why the Panchen
Lama was abducted and kept in isolation in
Beijing for a few decades without being allowed
any contact with the outer world. He was
subjected to brainwash procedures and forced
marriage – a Buddhist monk can only live in
celibate, or he is no Buddhist monk. These
treatments would be enforced upon an overwhelming
number of other monks and nuns as well.

In 1966 Mao introduced his great Cultural
Revolution, the program of which was that all
Chinese culture of the past should be eradicated
to make way for the new, which was no culture at
all. In accordance with this policy, Red Guards
were spread all over China to destroy whatever
they could of the past, and most of all to East
Turkestan and Tibet to annihilate all mosques,
monasteries and temples. The holocaust was as
good as total. In Tibet 6246 monasteries and
temples out of 6259 were destroyed, while 60% of
all hand-written books were burnt. Eventual
artifice and works of art in monasteries and
temples were sent down to China to get the party
some profits by sales on the international
markets of antiquities. All statues that were
sculptured by clay were smashed and crushed. The
holiest temple of Tibet, the Jokhang Cathedral in
Lhasa from the 8th century, was ruined internally
and transformed into stables and sties. All this went on for ten years.

A fraction of the Tibetan cultural heritage was
rescued to Dharamsala. About 150,000 Tibetans
managed to escape alive from Tibet, while 1,2
million or a fifth of the population were
murdered in one way or another, by torture, by
the Chinese Gulag or simply by execution. Still
today, any Chinese has any right to kill off a
Tibetan for nothing and be certain to get away
with it, while no Tibetan has any right at all
against the Chinese society, unless he learns
Chinese, rejects his Tibetan identity and becomes
loyal to the ruling party.

Only then he might be treated humanly. Many
prefer to leave the country, and the stream of
refugees from Tibet into India across mountain
passes higher than 6000 meters is between 2000
and 3000 per year. So Tibet has constantly been
bleeding to death since 1950, and there is
nothing to stop that continual fatal loss.

In the 1990s the long-term project of drowning
the Tibetan population in Chinese enforced
immigration was introduced for sure. Already the
greater towns of Lhasa, Shigatse and Gyangtse are
completely dominated by Chinese, while the
Tibetans more and more are confined into ghettos
that constantly are reduced by demolitions and Chinese building projects.

Panchen Lama passed away in 1989, and after about
five years the Tibetans found his reincarnation,
a small boy from a poor family in humble
circumstances, as is usually the case with
important reincarnations in Tibet. As soon as the
Chinese learned about this, the boy was abducted
and carried away with his family to an unknown
destination, and since then nothing more has been
heard of anyone of them. Next, the Chinese
launched their own “real” Panchen Lama, an
equally small boy, who is completely in their
power brainwashed and programmed to do and say
exactly as they want him to. He appears publicly
and is their puppet, causing constant unease with
the Tibetans for his obvious falseness. The real
Panchen Lama has beaten all historical records as
the youngest political prisoner in the world, if
he is still alive – he has now been a prisoner
for 14 years. On April 24th, he is 20 years old.

This article was planned as a short summary of
the Tibetan problem. Unfortunately it has proved
impossible to make it short, since the litany
must be endless. The sum however is, that it’s
not Tibet or the Tibetans that constitute the
problem but the Chinese autocracy, which like all
dictatorships suffers from the problem that it
impossibly can recognize itself as a problem.

Since the 1960s through the consequences of the
abortive Vietnam war the whole world has kowtowed
and flattered the Chinese dictatorship led by
Richard Nixon, who together with Henry Kissinger
during the 70s saw to it that China replaced
Taiwan as a permanent member of the Security
Council in the United Nations, although the
Chinese government of Taiwan since 1949 still
really is the only lawful one of China. They even
agreed to stop the support of CIA to the few
remaining freedom fighters of Tibet still
resisting the Chinese occupation, whereupon these
last active fighters for the freedom of Tibet
were callously sacrificed to the Chinese
oppression, which today is harder and more
unhuman than ever, while the world just keeps
looking on doing nothing and continuing to buy
cheap Chinese products swamping the market,
especially children’s toys no matter how poisonous they are.

In brief, this trauma can not be contained since
there is no end of it to be seen."

Gothenburg, Sweden, March 31st 2009.
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