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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.  


China says it will try to silence the Dalai Lama in Tibetan homeland

Government says it will confiscate illegal satellite dishes and increase monitoring of online content to keep his voice quiet in his homeland

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 02 November, 2013, 2:18pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 03 November, 2013, 5:05am

Beijing aims to stamp out the voice of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in Tibet by ensuring that his "propaganda" is not received by anyone on the internet, television or other means, a top official said.

China has tried, with varying degrees of success, to prevent Tibetans from listening to or watching programmes broadcast from outside the country, or accessing information about the Dalai Lama and the exiled government on the internet.

But many Tibetans are still able to access such news, either via illegal satellite televisions or by skirting Chinese internet restrictions.

The Dalai Lama's picture and his teachings are also smuggled into Tibet, but at great personal risk.

Writing in the ruling Communist Party's influential journal Qiushi, the latest issue of which was received by subscribers yesterday , Tibet's party chief Chen Quanguo said that the government would ensure only its voice is heard.

"Strike hard against the reactionary propaganda of the splittists from entering Tibet," Chen wrote in the magazine, whose name means "seeking truth".

The government will achieve this by confiscating illegal satellite dishes, increasing monitoring of online content and making sure all telephone and internet users are registered using their real names, he added.

"Work hard to ensure that the voice and image of the party is heard and seen over the vast expanses (of Tibet) ... and that the voice and image of the enemy forces and the Dalai clique are neither seen nor heard," Chen wrote in the journal.

It said that the government would step up propaganda including government Tibetan news portals and make sure no less than 95 per cent of prime air time in TV and radio and prominent pages of newspapers in Tibet would propagate stable and good lives under the Communist Party rule.

It would also step up engaging ethnic Tibetan writers, actors and singers to make sure their support to the party, as well as boosting forces to monitor the internet.

China calls the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Dalai Lama a "wolf in sheep's clothing" who seeks to use violent methods to establish an independent Tibet.

The Dalai Lama, who fled to India after a failed uprising in 1959, says he simply wants genuine autonomy for Tibet and denies espousing violence.

Chen said the party would seek to expose the Dalai Lama's "hypocrisy and deception and his "reactionary plots".

China has long defended its iron-fisted rule in Tibet.


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Instead, strike hard against the revisionist propaganda of the tyrants from entering Tibet, Hong Kong, Taiwan, The Philippines, India and the rest of the free world. Work and strive for a world free from communist bullies and thieves.
China needs to get over itself on this one.
I'm afraid it's the Dalai CIA Lama who needs to get over himself on this one.
I had no idea that China was so afraid of this one man! Thank you SCMP for setting the record straight!
Maria L. Yau
When I read editorials such as ''China vows to keep Dalai Lama's voice out of Tibet'', I wonder why no Government has taken a genuine stand against China, ordering the Chinese Communist Regime to get OUT of Tibet. Tibet was a free nation with its own Government, currency, national anthem and laws, but when Mao went on his rampage in China in 1948 for 'liberation of the people' , causing the death of over 80 million Chinese in the timespan of just a few years, the Tibetans lost their freedom. Mao, who had promised HH the Dalai Lama that 'Tibet always would fly its own flag', invaded Tibet, killing 1,2 mln Tibetans in the years following and during the great uprising by Tibetans in 1959.
When can we expect superpowers such as USA and Germany to finally order the Chinese to give the Tibetans their land back or at least a genuine autonomy?
So many Tibetans are tortured and when finally, if at all, they are freed, many of them are completely broken, their bodies crippled, their spirit dead. Tibetans are systemically annihilated, their culture and land demolished, their lives destroyed.
To find Chinas lies and threats in every newspap, published no doubt by a few of their 2 million cyberpolice and writers of propaganda, fills me with great sadness and the recurring question : when is the world finally going to admit that there is a genocide happening in Tibet and when will the world be brave enough to take China to Court to stand trial for murder and gross Human Rights abuses?
No matter what the Han Chinese do they will never stop people thinking for themselves and will never stop the Tibetans hating them.
It seems that the Tibetans hate among themselves too. When has Tibet ever been peaceful for long throughtout its history? Loads of infighting among the different buddhist sects. Very bloody.
So let them fight it out, what concern is it of yours? Leave them alone. I thought China was about non-interference.


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