The Importance of Tibet Befriending China
Dear friends around the world,
Here are some of my thoughts after reading this interesting turn of events in Dharamsala in this article “DIIR Holds First Workshop to Enhance Chinese Outreach Campaign” which is on Central Tibetan Administration’s (CTA) website belonging to the Tibetan leadership:
1. Any Tibetan inside or outside of Tibet who makes relationships with Chinese nationals and China’s leadership is somehow always considered anti-Dalai Lama and anti-Tibetan and basically a traitor. So it is interesting the Tibetan leadership is encouraging workshops in their headquarters in Dharamsala of ‘teaching’ Tibetans and others how to reach out to China and the Chinese national. That is indeed a stunning turn of events because the Tibetan leadership did not encourage friendship with China among their people as it would be seen as an act of betrayal to Tibet. Now they are having workshops to learn how to connect with China and Chinese nationals. So many Tibetan lamas and people have gone to China and met with leaders and the ordinary people and have been branded traitors. They are in turn ostracized. The Tibetan leadership likes to highlight which lama has ties with China and therefore against the Dalai Lama!
2. On the one hand, the Tibetan leadership are (understandably) always criticising the Chinese leadership. But what is done is done, and whatever Tibet was or was not in relations to China and its sovereignty is not in the cards anymore. So do not keep talking about what Tibet was. If they want a better deal for Tibet, then it is high time they tone down the negative rhetoric and humbly reach out to China. So it is important that at every get-together with foreign dignitaries and their citizens, the Tibetan leadership stops criticising and talking about the evils of China.
3. Do not talk about human rights, ethics and morality, and stamp down China with that. China is what it is. Every country in the world has human rights abuse issues and in some countries, it is still happening so no one should be the pot calling the kettle black. Basically, humans are interested in power, benefits and financial rewards and in most cases, these three override any sort of ethics and morality. If Western powers were so ethical and moral, why do they not go to war with China for Tibet, as they have done for Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam?
I am not condoning war in any way but I am giving examples. With all of their so-called morality, human rights and ethics, the Western powers voted that within their policies, Tibet is a part of China. So is it not ironic that on the one hand, they entertain His Holiness the Dalai Lama and on the other hand, they are falling over one another to make close ties with China and get economic benefits? When it comes to governance, it is not morality and ethics that is high on the agenda but how much money is made. So it would behoove the Tibetan leadership to shift the direction of their friendship towards the Chinese. After all, in the last 50 years of their friendship with the West, the Tibetan leadership have received hundreds of millions in financial aid for Tibetan refugees but that did not help Tibet in any way. So if the Tibetan leadership keeps criticising China and waltzing with the West, it would show that they are actually interested in financial gains for their own coffers within the exile leadership, and not all that interested in helping Tibet.
So which is it? You all have a guess.
4. It is interesting that there is this training programme going on. I hope it expands and becomes a regular event and, if I can say so, it should have started decades ago. The fact of the matter is that countries with sovereignty are making Olympic sprints towards friendship with China so what more is there to say about a leadership without a country and in exile? Therefore, if the Tibetans genuinely want this new initiative to be successful, they have to stop their negative rhetoric about China and stop further irritating this powerful nation.
The bottom line is that, truth be told, it is a waiting game. The Tibetans in exile are dwindling and for Tibetans in foreign countries, they will increasingly integrate into their respective adopted countries as they reach the second, third, fourth generations living there. These current and future generations may be Tibetan in name and DNA but in any other way, their attitude will become more and more like their adopted country’s. If you look two, three, four generations into the future, all of this will be just another event in history, just like the takeover of Australia by British convicts, the pillage of American Indians in North America and the destruction of South American Mayan Empires by its greedy conquerors, to name just a few.
And these conquered places have become sovereign countries belonging to the conquerors, without a peep from their native and original inhabitants. Australia, North America and South America are very good examples of how something wrong is, eventually and in time, forgotten and becomes something right. It is not that I agree but Tibet is a part of China and over time, it will become part and parcel of history, just like the three continents mentioned.
5. I find it very funny that I have always supported the preservation of the unique Tibetan language, culture and religion. I have always had the deepest and utmost respect for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and I still do. I have also had a great respect for the ancient and continuously influential and rich culture of China. My respect for Tibet and the Dalai Lama does not contradict my respect of China, and my respect of China does not contradict my simultaneous respect for Tibet and the Dalai Lama. Yet as an exiled Tibetan, I am forced to be one or the other where in fact I would love to see a friendship of China and Tibet that benefits both sides. I have always advocated this.http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/TROnTibetChinaDialogue01.flv
For 400 years Dorje Shugden has been practised and has had nothing to do with politics. Suddenly, as a Dorje Shugden practitioner, I am tried and crucified as a hater of the Dalai Lama and Tibet. My religious practice has nothing to do with Tibetan or Chinese politics, but it has everything to do with my spiritual convictions. I am a Tibetan by blood, and a Buddhist and faithful practitioner of the Protector Dorje Shugden. I have no dealings and connections, nor have I ever had with the great nation of China. I do hope I can visit the religiously historically significant places in China that are connected with Buddhism, but that does not make me anti-Dalai Lama.
What is funny is this – that if you practise Dorje Shugden, you are on China’s side and against the Dalai Lama. For me, personally, China and Dorje Shugden have nothing in common in my relationship with them. So I do not appreciate the negative rhetoric that I receive on a daily basis because I respect China and Dorje Shugden. Again, I would like to reiterate – I respect the great nation of China, I respect Tibet and His Holiness the Dalai Lama and I hope very much the three of them can be good friends because the alternative is the status quo.
I am happy to see this workshop and I hope it continues. I hope that the Tibetan and Chinese people will become good friends but this can only happen if the Tibetan leadership extends an olive branch to China and soon, I hope, if not for themselves then for the six million Tibetans in Tibet.
May His Holiness the Dalai Lama be strong and live very long. May the great nation of China grow in strength. And may Tibet become a zone of peace and happiness.
DIIR Holds First Workshop to Enhance Chinese Outreach Campaign
November 16, 2016
DHARAMSHALA: China desk of the Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) held its first workshop for Chinese liaison officers to enhance its Chinese outreach campaign on Saturday, 12 November. The workshop was held as directed by Kashag at DIIR’s Lhakpa Tsering Memorial Hall.
Sixteen participants attended the workshop which included PhD students from the US, Belgium, Taiwan as well as from the Dalai Lama College of Higher Education based in Bangalore, India and the East Asian Research Center of Jawaharlal Nehru University based in New Delhi.
During the workshop, Mr Dawa Tsering, Representative His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Taiwan, Mr Kunga Tashi, Chinese liaison officer at OOT North America, Mr Lama Kyab, the assistant to the Taiwan Representative Office, Joint Secretary Mr Sonam Dorjee, spoke on various topics related to Tibet and China.
The topics include the reincarnation issue, restoration of Tibetan culture, China’s Regional Ethnic Autonomy Law, the Middle Way Approach followed by a question and answer session.
The participants expressed their satisfaction at the enthusiastic discussion on the Tibet-China issue and called for more such workshops and training in the future.
Accoridng to DIIR’s Chna desk, the workshop focused on three main issues vis a vis why do Tibetans need to reach out to Chinese, the level of coordination required with Chinese nationals, and how to reach out to Chinese nationals.
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