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Tibetan exile group reconciliation conceals true separatist goals

Global Times | 2013-6-17 22:53:01
By Yang Minghong

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The Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC), the largest "pro-independence" group in exile, met for its 15th General Body Meeting in the Tibetan exile headquarters of Dharamshala at the end of May. This radical spearhead of violence made a rare apology to the Dalai Lama for causing any difficulty for him and promised to follow the Dalai Lama's guidance of the conciliatory "middle way" policy.

This policy was raised by the Dalai Lama in the 1980s. The political doctrine is that he no longer insisted on the "independence" of Tibet, but at the same time he didn't recognize the central government's requirements on him. Instead, he wanted to find a "middle way."

From his several elaborations of this policy in various occasions in the past, there are three aspects worth noting.

First, he doesn't admit that Tibet before its peaceful liberation was part of China. Second, he refers to "greater Tibet," which includes not only the current Tibet Autonomous Region, but also parts of Qinghai, Gansu and Yunnan provinces as well as some Tibetan areas of Sichuan Province. Third, he stresses "high autonomy," which means besides diplomacy and national defense, all the other areas such as politics, economy, culture, education and religion should be under the administration of the Dalai group-led "Tibetans." This is not in keeping with the laws and regulations in China's other autonomous regions.

China's central government believes that the Dalai Lama's "middle way" policy, in essence, is still seeking the "independence" of Tibet but in a disguised form. By resorting to this policy, the Dalai Lama could talk with Western governments. During the past years, the policy did win him some recognition and acceptance from the Western public.

Members of the TYC were born abroad and have received Western education. They have rarely been to Tibetan areas and know little about the history and current situation there. Living in the secular society, they are not as devoted to religion as their ancestors and are greatly influenced by the theory inculcated by the Dalai Lama. Once they accepted the Dalai's propaganda that "Tibet is an independent country," they would firmly try to restore a "Tibetan country."

The investigation of several domestic self-immolation cases has revealed that the TYC was behind the tragedies. There has been criticism against it for its inhumane violence, which prompted divergence within the congress.

During the 15th General Body Meeting, 34 members from eight regional chapters in exile proposed a change in the stand from "independence" to autonomy and later refused to attend the meeting, showing division within the congress.

This may be the reason that the TYC has resorted to the seemingly moderate "middle way" policy.

This is also a deceptive trick to fool Western public attention.

The "middle way" policy seeks "independence" covertly. The TYC apology to the Dalai Lama from "the depth" of their heart and recognition of his policy are only intended to achieve its original goals through another approach. It reflects that their strategy is transferring from extreme to moderate so as to gain "substantial progress."

Although it looks as if the TYC coerces while the Dalai Lama coaxes, they have never been far from each other. It would be a misjudgment if one thinks that they are getting close for the first time.

In the past, some members of the TYC often criticized the Dalai Lama's "middle way" policy, while expressing that they would absolutely obey the Dalai Lama. Seemingly there is contradiction, but in fact, they have never been far from each other.

The author is a professor at the Center for Tibetan Studies of Sichuan University.
opinion@globaltimes.com.cn

'Dalai's autonomy demand is disguised form of independence'

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 19:15  A- A A+

 

 Beijing: China considers the Dalai Lama's "middle way" policy of demanding greater autonomy for Tibet amounted to independence in a "disguised form" for his Himalayan homeland, an official think-tank said on Tuesday.

"Dalai Lama's political doctrine is that he no longer insisted on the 'independence' of Tibet, but at the same time he didn't recognise the central government's requirements on him. Instead, he wanted to find a "middle way," said Yang Minghong, a professor at the Centre for Tibetan Studies of Sichuan University.

"The political doctrine is that he no longer insisted on the "independence" of Tibet, but at the same time he didn't recognise the central government's requirements on him. Instead, he wanted to find a "middle way," Yang said.

"China's central government believes that the Dalai Lama's "middle way" policy, in essence, is still seeking the "independence" of Tibet but in a disguised form," Yang wrote in an article in Global Times criticising the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) 15th General Body meeting held in Dharmasala last month.

This is the first official write up on Tibet and the Dalai Lama's demand after the new leadership headed by President Xi Jinping took over power in March this year.

Expectations are high that China may restore talks with the emissaries of Tibetan spiritual leaders to halt the recurring self immolations, which crossed 100 recently.

The TYC is the largest "pro-independence" group in exile promised to follow the Dalai Lama's guidance of the conciliatory "middle way" policy.

Accusing the TYC of instigating over 100 self immolations, Yang said members of the TYC were born abroad and have received Western education.

"They have rarely been to Tibetan areas and know little about the history and current situation there. Living in the secular society, they are not as devoted to religion as their ancestors and are greatly influenced by the theory inculcated by the Dalai Lama," he said.

 

"Once they accepted the Dalai's propaganda that 'Tibet is an independent country', they would firmly try to restore a 'Tibetan country'," he said.

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