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Tibet Under Chinese Communist Rule

In order to portray old Tibet in the most unflattering light, the CCP exaggerates the sufferings of Tibetans under the feudal system through relentless propaganda that has included all the media, including film, exhibitions and sculptures of serfs in agony under the brutal tortures of feudal lords and lamas. China of course says nothing about how many Tibetans have been killed, imprisoned, tortured and starved under Chinese rule estimated to be as high as 800,000 – a scale of population loss comparable to that in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge. China claims only that Tibetans are now prosperous and happy as beneficiaries of China’s economic assistance, religious freedom and human rights, and the constant care and concern of the CCP. Evidence to the contrary in the uprising of March 2008 is denied by the claim that it was instigated from outside in the absence of any real Tibetan discontent with Chinese policies.

The uprising of March 2008 revealed the reality of continuing Tibetan discontent with and opposition to the conditions of Chinese rule, their continuing loyalty to the Dalai Lama and their demand for some semblance of self-determination and cultural survival. It also revealed China’s policies of repression of all these Tibetan aspirations as well as the lack of sympathy for Tibetans among the Chinese people.

China has shown absolutely no intention to allow any real Tibetan autonomy or to dialogue with the Dalai Lama about autonomy. China has apparently decided that Tibetan autonomy is impermissible because it would allow the survival of Tibetan culture and national identity and perpetuate the problem of Tibetan separatism.

Having miscalculated in imagining that Tibet might be easily incorporated into the Chinese state and quickly assimilated socially and culturally, China now has to crush Tibetan separatism and eradicate Tibetan national identity for the sake of China’s national security and territorial integrity. Many Chinese think that Western concern and support for Tibet is nothing more than an attempt to denigrate China, separate Tibet from China and prevent China’s rise to the world status it deserves and has been deprived of by the same Western countries.

 

 

Author Bio:

Warren W. Smith has a PhD in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is the author of 'Tibetan Nation: A History of Tibetan Nationalism and Sino-Tibetan Relations'; 'China’s Tibet? Autonomy or Assimilation' and 'Tibet’s Last Stand? The Uprising of 2008'. He is currently a writer with the Tibetan Service of Radio Free Asia.

 

 

 

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Tibet:
Location:  Asia - Eastern China
Capital:  Lhasa
Communist Rule:  1950 - Current
Status:  Occupied
Victims of Communism:
1.2 million