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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.  


Beijing has 'no intention' of departing from 'correct policies' in Tibet

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 22 October, 2013, 2:47pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 October, 2013, 6:01am

China has no intention of altering its "correct" policies in Tibet as they have brought unprecedented achievements, a government white paper issued yesterday says. It slams the romanticised notion that Tibet was once an idyllic fairyland.

China has long defended its iron-fisted rule in the remote and mountainous region, which Beijing says suffered from dire poverty, brutal exploitation of serfs and economic stagnation until 1950, when Communist troops "peacefully liberated" Tibet. It claism to have introduced "democratic reforms" in 1959.

When Xi Jinping took office as president this year there had been expectations he may take a softer line on Tibet, partly because his late father, Xi Zhongxun , a reformist vice-premier, had a close bond with the Dalai Lama.

But Xi has shown no sign of changing course in Tibet.

In a lengthy policy paper carried by Xinhua, the government said that Tibet under Chinese rule had achieved a great deal.

"Today's Tibet is developing economically, making progress politically, has a flourishing culture, a harmonious society and a good environment. Its people are happy and healthy," it said.

"Tibet's development cannot be separated from this correct path," the white paper added.

Meanwhile in Geneva, Tibetan activists protesting at Beijing's rule over Tibet scaled scaffolding on the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva early yesterday and unfurled a banner ahead of a session convened to examine China's human rights record.

At least three protesters from Students for a Free Tibet climbed up the Palais des Nations, currently under renovation, and put up a white banner that read: "China human rights - UN stand up on Tibet".

A UN spokeswoman, informed of the incident, had no immediate reaction.

Tibetan exiles and rights groups say that Beijing tramples on Tibet's culture, religion, language and environment, and has committed grievous abuses to ensure Beijing's rule.

Tensions in China's Tibetan regions are at their highest in years after a spate of self-immolation protests by Tibetans.


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In this article, the communists refer to bring democratic reforms. Then where are the democratic reforms in Hong Kong? Where is universal suffrage, one person, one vote for candidates decided by the people, not the one-party nepotism the Chinese communists impose on people? .
In other words, the Chinese Communist Party is saying "We stole Tibet and we are not letting it go now".
If the Tibetan's thought their way of life was so "full of fleas and lice" until the Chinese liberated them from then why are they setting themselves on fire? Why do they resent the Han from taking over their country with aggression and racism? Is it possible they wish to retain their freedom to worship and believe in their own so-called "ignorance", as the Han call it. China will rue this type of behavior when dealing with the Tibetans. Instead of drinking tea with the Lama's, but using force and dissension to aggravate the Tibetan's in their wish to pray and spread peace in their own way will lead to a continual guerrilla war with them.
The Chinese communists also tried to steal territory from Vietnam. Vietnam resisted the bully thieves and fended off the Chinese communist aggression.
Tibet may have been poor and backward, but that was no justification for a foreign power to invade and destroy a culture. They never asked the Tibetans what they wanted and who, despite their shortcomings, do not thank the Chinese for telling them how to put their own house in order.
To say, "look, you are materially better off now", is not an answer.


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