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Samdhong Surrenders Tibetan Rights To Freedom

August 9, 2009

Tibet's Administration Surrendering Nationhood
Tibet Truth blog
August 8, 2009

To Buddhist thinking political concepts such as
nation, territory and national identity would no
doubt be filed under illusion and attachment,
more obstacles on the road to enlightenment.
Perhaps such interpretation explains the
willingness of exiled Tibetan Prime Minister,
Kalon Samdhong Rinpoche to lower-the-flag on any
prospect of self-determination and independence
for Tibet. After decades of study into the obtuse
and rarified philosophical backwaters of
Tibetan-Buddhism such earth-bound objectives presumably hold little meaning.

What counts is the maintenance of Tibet’s
spiritual traditions, not the political
aspirations of its people, if some accomodation
with communist China can be arranged, which will
secure the continuance and freedom of Buddhism
inside Tibet, then that will be considered a
success. It matters not that under China’s
so-called law on Regional Autonomy Tibetans will
remain under the jackboot of communist Chinese
control, victim to the draconian dictates of
communist national and regional law, Tibetan
women subject to a policy which forces them to
undergo sterilisation by order of the comunist
regime. While Tibetans are permitted, by their
communist rulers, to practice Buddhism without
limitations and enjoy the right to speak their
language,  all will be well.  Such is the horizon
of achievement held by the exiled Tibetan
Administration. The lack of genuine political and
civil freedoms, denial of free speech, absence of
a truly independent legal system, exploitation of
natural resources, continuing colonization
through population transfer can it seems be
happily accepted, providing Tibetans
enjoy-the-right to offer mantras and meditate in peace.

Can we image a similar arrangment being
considered a reasonable solution by Jewish
leaders in the Warsaw Ghetto, where the reading
of the Torah is tolerated while Polish Jews
continue to be subjugated by Nazi-Law? Is the
Palestinian leadership going to follow a similar
road by agreeing to Israeli occupation and
governance on the provision its people can freely
practice Islam?  Yet Tibetans are being forced by
their own Administration to consent to communist
Chinese rule, surrender any hope of
self-determination and independence and become
another so-called national minority of communist China.

"Whereas the unity among nationalities is the
basis of a country's stability, China's stability
is the basis of peace throughout the world.
Nobody can take this issue lightly. The exile
Tibetan Administration led by His Holiness the
Dalai Lama, serves as an independent spokesperson
of the six million Tibetan people. This
Administration has now and again made it amply
clear to the relevant authorities of the People?s
Republic of China (PRC) that it firmly holds on
to the mutually beneficial Middle-Way policy,
which seeks to resolve the problem of Tibet along
the line of the existing constitutional
provisions of the PRC. The envoys of His Holiness
the Dalai Lama have, in particular, made this
very clear ? both verbally and in writing ? to
the heads of China?s Central United Front Work
Department in the course of the eight rounds of
formal talks and one round of informal talk they
have had with them since 2002. That we are
committed to finding a solution to the Tibet
problem within the Chinese political framework
can also be gleaned from the contents of the
Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for All Tibetans
(this memorandum has already been made public
now) the Tibetan interlocutors presented to the
PRC during the latest, eighth round of talks.
 From our side, because we are committed to
pursuing an approach that does not seek
estrangement of the Tibetan and Chinese peoples,
there is no change whatsoever in our thinking
that in the future also, we should engage in
dialogue with the Chinese leadership on the memorandum we submitted last year.

The People's Republic of China is a
multi-nationals [sic] country. Those in the
governance should, therefore, fulfil the
aspirations of all nationalities under its
jurisdiction. Should it succeed in doing so, then
the unity and equality of nationalities as
enshrined in the Chinese constitution will also be realised."

(Extract From Opening Address Sino-Tibetan Conference-Geneva August 6
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