On Reuters I saw the article China says no compromising on Tibet’s future yesterday.
“The Dalai Lama’s calls for “high-level autonomy” for Tibet will never be accepted by Beijing, a Chinese official said…
China would “never allow ethnic splitting in the name of genuine autonomy,” he told a news conference.”
Tibet was invaded by the People’s Republic of China 1950. The Tibetan people are denied most rights guaranteed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including the rights to self-determination, freedom of speech, assembly, movement, expression, and travel.
China continues to encourage the transfer of Chinese settlers into Tibet. This threatens the survival of the Tibetan religious, cultural and national identity. By now there are more Chinese living in Tibet than Tibetans and the Chinese use this to accuse the Dalai Lama of “seeking ethnic cleansing”.
“The Dalai’s demands for high-level autonomy for the region include ethnic Tibetan areas beyond the official Tibetan Autonomous Region. Zhu accused the Nobel Peace Prize winner of seeking “ethnic cleansing” across the whole area.
“If one day, he really seizes power,” he said of the Dalai, “he will without any compunction or sympathy carry out ethnic discrimination, apartheid and ethnic cleansing.”
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama is a monk of the Gelugpa buddhists. He was Tibets political ruler from 1950 till he fled to India in 1959 and later head of the Tibetan Government in Exile. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. To accuse him of “ethnic discrimination, apartheid and ethnic cleansing” is not only absurd but even ridiculous.
Despite China’s increasing prosperity, poverty continues to plague the majority of Tibetans living under its authority. According to the UN Development Program, Tibet is the poorest and least developed region of China with a human development index of only 0.39 placing it within the bottom 12 of a list of the world’s 49 officially recognized “least developed countries”, between Rwanda and Mali (source The Canada Tibet Committee 2002).
China has caused environmental damage for decades in Tibet:
Forests in Tibet are the third largest within China’s present day borders. Government lumber operations went unhindered for decades. Reforestation is neglected and ineffective, leaving hillsides vulnerable to erosion. Rapid and widespread deforestation has life-threatening consequences for the hundreds of millions who live on the flood plains of the major rivers of Southeast Asia, many of which have their headwaters in Tibet. In 1998, China witnessed severe flooding of the Yangtze (in Tibetan: Drichu) river valley, the result of massive deforestation in eastern Tibet. Clear-cutting also threatens the habitat of Tibet’s other residents — the rare giant panda, golden monkey, and over 5,000 plant species unique to the region.
Government-encouraged population migration into the northern Tibetan plateau has caused massive and irreparable environmental damage to huge tracts of fragile tableland. Experts attribute the deterioration to overgrazing, irrational land reclamation, and wanton denudation of surface vegetation (source Students for a free Tibet).
But I have to admit that China destroys it’s own environment too. The frequency of cancer has risen dramatically in the last years, due to fertilizers and pesticides in ground water, insecticide in food and formaldehyde in living spaces.
Markus’ brother was last year in China and said, the smog was so immane that the range of vision was only 100 meters.
China has the worldwide highest amount of executed death sentences, practices torture and imprisonment without litigation and verdict, and limited freedom of media.