By lchxian – Foreign doctor. Chinese, born in Malaysia. Educated in Malaysia, Belfast, Sydney.
Being a Buddhist and a Chinese, the relationship between China and Tibet is close to my heart. It is indeed very distressing hearing stories of Tibetan Monks being beaten up, even more distressing to see supposedly pro-Tibetan protesters disrupting the Beijing Olympic Torch relay.
The China-Tibet issue is more than merely about China and Tibet. Many other parties try to exert their influence, hoping to achieve their personal goals.
The English media often talk about Chinese “invasion” of Tibet in 1950. However, it often fail to point out that, Tibet was part of China back in 1700s during the Qing Dynasty. In fact, in the late 1700s, Nepalese Gurkha invaded Tibet, the Chinese Qianlong Emperor’s army together with local Tibetan troops were called upon to defend Tibet, which is part of China. Without Qianlong’s army, Tibetan history could have been very different.
The western world cannot be seen as a neutral party in China Tibet issue. In the recent history, The western imperial power have been using all kind of lies and excuses to achieve their ambition. The “weapon of mass destruction”; the invasion and destruction of Iraq was one such example.
In the early 1900s, the British and Russian competed for supremacy in Central Asia, Tibet was the jewel to be captured in this conflict. British forces invaded Tibet in 1903, it was reported that the British soldiers mowed down the Tibetans with machine guns as they fled. With this recent history in mind, can we trust that the Western world does not have ulterior motive when they interfere in China’s internal affair?
Promoting independence of Tibet from China is infringing China’s sovereignty. Tibet is part of China, just like Scotland is part of United Kingdom. If China start supporting Scottish Separatist movement, I am sure UK will be really unhappy too. Separatist movement are not well tolerated throughout history, just look at Ester Rising (1916) in Ireland, many civilians were killed, 15 separatist leaders were executed, 3000 political prisoners were put behind bars by the British. Unfortunately, the reality is suppression of separatist movements are equally harsh all over the world.
On the other hand, I hope China would start to see Dalai Lama as part of the solution rather than problem in China-Tibet relationship. Dalai Lama is not seeking independence for Tibet; His Holiness is seeking preservation of Tibetan Culture and religion. Dalai Lama had openly appeal for non-violence and encourage Tibetan to co-exist with the ethnics Chinese. He understand that for Tibet to progress economically, Tibet is better off being part of China.
Hopefully the people of Tibet would follow the advice of their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. Non-violence and co-existence. Violence and instability in that region will not benefit Tibet or China. May China show restrained and compassion when dealing with China-Tibet relationship.
May we all have wisdom to see beyond what is reported by the media. May we all have more compassion. May peace prevail.
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Originally posted at: http://chenghiang.wordpress.com/2008/04/15/china-and-tibet/#comment-334