March 22, 2008

There's been a lot of coverage of the events happening in T1bet at the moment. I don't feel that I can contribute anything significant, especially since I wasn't able to make it there myself before leaving China. Instead, I thought I'd give links to some sites that I've found interesting in the past few days.

T1bet Through Chinese Eyes
An article about the "Chinese development missionaries" and how they view the situation in T1bet, and how T1betans view them.

Foreign nations voice support for China's handling of Lh@sa riot
Official Chinese newspaper touts support from Mauritania, Vietnam, Lesotho, and other foreign governments, regarding their good handling of the current situation.

More musings on T1bet propaganda drive
An article by an expat in China focusing on the Chinese governments propaganda and "thought liberation" drive withing the country. Includes an interesting quote by a internationally educated Chinese marketing manager, “I know the government cuts all the negative information and we can not see the true story. But it has to do this. Most Chinese are poor and not well educated. They are not capable of independent thought or making their own judgements. They need to be guided by the government.”

T1bet crushes conspiracies by D@lai L@ma clique
According to this article, T1bet has been working hard to crush conspiracies by the D@lai clique over the past five years.

China's tough line in T1bet...
An International Herald Tribune article including the quote "The Communist Party is like the parent to the Tibetan people, and it is always considerate about what the children need," Zhang said last year. He later added: "The Central Party Committee is the real Buddha for Tibetans."

Hu on Time list of 'influentials'
One of my favourite articles from when I was in China. "Hu [Jintao, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, and former Communist Party Chief in the TAR] explains plans for a 'peaceful rise' in seeking a benign external environment". "Hu's vision has been to build a 'harmonious society'".
Hopefully Hu Jintao can maintain a "Harmonious Society" through the use of tanks, troops, and the chasing of monks. (OK, that comment was a little biased.)

At Shuttered Gateway to T1bet...
A look at the situation, by the New York Times, from Chengdu, Sichuan Province, one of the main gateways into T1bet. There's a short video that accompanying the article. It's interesting that the article mentions Wuhousi and the T1betan area surrounding the temple, which I visited just over a year ago.

Canada T1bet Committee
A group representing T1betans in Canada.

The New Colonialists
An Economist article about China and their need for raw resources, and how it affects their policy.

1 comment:

tim said...

At some point the people living in Tibet will ignore even their own Dali Lama and violently rise up. It is fine to provide guidance from afar but those who live there have born the brunt of the fascist/communist government. They will at some time ignore their offshore leader and I'm afraid at that point it will get very ugly.

Any Chinese in Tibet will be viewed as fair game and killed and of course the Chinese will use that as an excuse to wipe out what is left of Tibet which is what the Chinese government really wants. They don't care if a couple hundred thousand Chinese living in Tibet are killed. They have lots more to "repopulate" the area with once they are through.

A self fulfilling prophecy created and executed by the Chinese government. Make life intolerable and then wipe them out when they refuse to take it quietly. They don't care about the Chinese living in Tibet. They are expendable in the view of their government.

Sad how low humans sink on such a consistent basis. Sad how easy it is to manipulate one group against another.