Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Jul 2 08:23:42 PDT 1998

Tibetan People's Spokesman? Or Just a faithful Tool of Western Anti-China Forces? (Official view of the Chinese Government-- on www.chinanews.org)

In recent years, the Dalai Lama has widely engaged in activities in many parts of the world to show up on various occasions, proclaiming himself to be "a spokesman for the Tibetan people" and claiming that his activities represent "the interest of the Tibetan people."

In fact, what his activities represent is not the interest of the broad masses of the Tibetan people, but the interest of former serf owners and Western anti-China forces that collaborate with them. He has in fact become a faithful tool of Western anti-China forces.

As is known to all, since the 13th century, the Chinese central government has effectively exercised sovereignty and jurisdiction over the region of Tibet. This includes stationing troops, appointing or removing local officials, approving the reincarnation of major living Buddhas, and conducting the census.

There was no such thing as "Tibetan independence" until the Opium War which represented the invasion of China by imperialist forces in the modern age. This so-called "independence" was a result of the invasion of China by colonialists and imperialists in the late 19th century.

British colonialists staged two armed invasions of the Tibet region, at the end of 1888 and again from late 1903 to August 1904, but met with courageous resistance by the Tibetan people. So, the British colonialists changed their strategy to one of supporting pro-British separatist forces among the upper class in Tibet, and encouraged them to work for "Tibetan independence." This marked the beginning of the so-called "Tibetan independence," a conspiracy that has never succeeded.

Now, the Dalai Lama has picked up the flag of "Tibetan independence," proclaiming that "Tibet has been an independent state since ancient times." In doing so, he has betrayed the interest of the country and the nation. How can he say he is representing the interest of the Tibetan people?

Old Tibet had a long history of feudal serfdom that combined political and religious power. Under this ruthlessly oppressive system, serfs and slaves, who accounted for over 95 per cent of the region's total population, had no basic human rights at all.

In order to maintain the system, a group of reactionary upper-class Tibetans in 1959 staged an armed rebellion that failed, after which the Dalai Lama fled. Can this be "in the interest of the Tibetan people"?

Over the past several decades, Tibet has enjoyed economic growth and social progress and the people's lives have improved dramatically -- and the Dalai Lama has had nothing to do with this.

On the contrary, he has made every effort to attack and malign everything the central government has done for the benefit of the Tibetan society and people, such as educational development, free medical care, repair and protection of cultural relics, and various construction projects.

>From this it can be seen that what the Dalai Lama is really concerned about
and what he stands for is not "the interest of the Tibetan people," but the interest of the former serf owners.

The people on whose behalf he speaks are not the masses of former serfs and slaves who have escaped cruel oppression and become Tibet's new owners and who are now building a new Tibet, but those former serf owners who want to restore their lost rule.

The Dalai Lama's activities to split the motherland are backed by Western anti-China forces, with whom he has colluded and for whom he has been a most willing tool, in order to fulfill his political scheme.

Taking a look at what the Dalai Lama has done outside China to split the motherland since he fled in 1959, one can see that the shifts in his actions have always paralleled the changing international situation and have always followed the needs of Western forces in their anti-China strategy.

Without the support of the Western anti-China forces, the Dalai Lama and his followers could not have continued their activities in trying to split the motherland for even a single day.

After the armed rebellion was put down and the Dalai Lama fled, there was a wave of anti-China outcry on the international scene for a while. But later, all through the '70s and to the middle of the '80s, the Dalai Lama's attempts to split the motherland and create "Tibetan independence" received almost no response and remained dormant.

This was clearly related to the international climate at the time, as well as to Western countries' strategy toward China.

The Dalai Lama's "popularity" began to take off from the late '80s to the early '90s, when Western countries started another anti-China outcry, and his splittist activities were just right for the strategic needs of the Western anti-China forces to attack China and to try to Westernize and divide China.

The Dalai Lama was resurrected and pushed to the fore, after being garbed from head to toe by Western anti-China forces. The various laurels heaped on him came from Western anti-China forces who wanted to deceive the public and gain sympathy and support.

The Dalai Lama, who is the chief representative of the serf owners of old Tibet, was made up by Western anti-China forces to be shown as a protector of "democracy" and "freedom". The man who represents the brutal and savage rule of the past and who now spreads propaganda in an attempt to disrupt ethnic relations and incite hatred among ethnic groups, was dressed up as a "pacifist."

And the same Dalai Lama, who is a politician in exile in religious clothing engaged in splitting the motherland, was dressed up as a "merciful religious leader."

On top of this, foreign forces have been the main source of funding for his attempts to split the motherland.

It is reported that one Western country, out of its anti-China needs, provided a large amount of funding for the Dalai Lama clique from 1993 to 1995. Some foreign forces provided equipment or helped it set up radio stations that were used for propaganda purposes, and provided the Dalai Lama with the platform and place to "internationalize" the Tibet issue and to preach "Tibet independence."

Without the assistance of foreign forces, it would have been impossible for him to carry out his separatist activities and his organs would have been impossible to operate and even to exist. His repeated calls for "a peaceful march toward Tibet" and "a referendum" were all planned with the help of foreigners.

Operating under the aegis of Western anti-China forces, the Dalai Lama did everything in his power to repay them by meeting their political needs and closely bound himself to their war chariot.

As they wish to split China and contain its development, the Dalai Lama, going against historical facts, enhanced his separatist activities by saying that "Tibet has always been an independent state" and, by working with "Taiwan Independence" forces and various other anti-China forces in exile.

As Western anti-China forces use human rights as a pretext to interfere in China's internal affairs and push peaceful evolution, the Dalai Lama dubbed himself as a protector of "human rights" and "democracy and freedom," and made up lies to accuse China of "violating human rights in Tibet," in spite of his own past of trampling on human rights when he ruled old Tibet.

When Western countries pushed the theory of China's "collapse" in the late 1980s and the early 1990s, the Dalai Lama repeatedly proclaimed his prophecy about how "the Chinese government would collapse soon," saying that "his personal observations and his divination indicated optimistic signs for development."

When Western anti-China forces tried to hide the facts, distort China's image and vilify China, the Dalai Lama ran around spreading lies about how "China killed 1.2 million Tibetans in Tibet." The fact is that the total population of Tibet was only one million at the time of peaceful liberation, and the number of Tibetans in Tibet is a bit more than 2.3 million at present.

As Western anti-China forces wish to contain China's development and disrupt its stability, the Dalai Lama sent spies to incite disturbances and carry out acts of terrorism, like explosions in public places, in Tibet.

When Western countries advocate anti-China proposals at the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, the Dalai Lama sent representatives and even went himself to the meeting place, to add to the uproar. And similar cases are numerous. As a political tool of Western anti-China forces, the Dalai Lama's role is lamentable and fairly limited, and he will eventually be abandoned. This is the inevitable law of history.

China's development, its increasing international influence, and its contribution to world peace are independent of the desires of Western anti-China forces. And Tibet's development, social progress, ethnic unity, and the improving life of the Tibetans are facts which cannot be concealed.

Attempts by Western anti-China forces to contain China's development and their attempts to hide the truth and mislead the public will ultimately fail. As their tool, the Dalai Lama, in spite of his changing activities to split the motherland, will also come to no good end.

Louis Proyect


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