A plateau region north-east of the Himalayas, Tibet was incorporated by China in 1950 and currently an autonomous region within China. The conflict between many Tibetans and Chinese government has been nonstop as many demand religious freedom and more human rights. In March, 2008, a series of protests turned into riots in different regions across Tibet. Rioters attacked Han ethnic inhabitants and burned their businesses, resulting dozens of death.
I REFER to K. S. Wong's letter (South China Morning Post, June 2), regarding Japanese atrocities in China.
He justifiably says that these events should not be forgotten, however we should also be aware that identical atrocities are being committed by the Chinese against the peaceful, defenceless population of Tibet. So, although Mr Wong wants to keep alive the bitter memories of history, it would be better and more constructive if he could tell the Chinese army and government of today, that they have no right to be in Tibet and that he asks them to leave the Tibetans and their culture alone.
If Tibetans resorted to guerilla tactics and terrorism to punish the Chinese aggressors, would he find this justifiable? It would be better if K. S. Wong devoted more energy to solving today's reality rather than being embroiled in bitterness over history. After all, the naive nationalism that caused Japan's occupation of China, is the same naive nationalism that prompted China to occupy Tibet.
G. MICHAEL Kowloon