As Beijing cracks down on Tibetans, Xi Jinping preaches human rights to world leaders

As the human rights situation continues to deteriorate in Tibet, with the Communist Party monitoring every individual’s life through an Orwellian system, Xi Jinping preaches and promotes human rights to the rest of the world.

China is in bad shape. And this can be due to many reasons. First of all, economic and demographic, to name but a few: rising inflation, aging population, one-child policy for too long, fewer jobs, increase in business bankruptcies, continued repression in Hong Kong, obsession with “taking back” Taiwan, rising crime and civil unrest.

Some observers have even argued that recent COVID-19 lockdowns in Shanghai, Beijing and other cities have been aimed more at preventing social unrest than fighting the virus. The future of the Middle Kingdom is indeed not rosy.

The situation in so-called “minority” areas such as Xinjiang, Tibet and Inner Mongolia is also worrying; it has never been so tense, although in most cases the state’s monopoly of information prevents real information from trickling out.

Recently, Tibet has received little attention, although the situation is seriously critical.

The last census

Details of China’s seventh census (since 1949) have recently been released. According to the website Six tones, the survey, conducted in 2020, is now fully available for study: “We can start digging into details on gender, age, ethnicity, work, housing, household and migration. There is a lot to explore in this data,” says Six tones.

Among the dark news, it is said that “more than 28% of Tibetans over the age of 15 are considered illiterate – at least in Chinese. China defines literacy as proficiency in 1,500 Chinese characters for rural dwellers and 2,000 for urban dwellers, and does not measure literacy in other languages”.

At a time when Beijing propaganda is pompously celebrating the 70e anniversary of the so-called “Liberation of Tibet” and the happiness of the local population under the yoke of the Communist Party, many Tibetans remain illiterate and unable to find employment. The most explosive aspect of the current situation is the huge dichotomy between what Chinese propaganda preaches and the reality on the ground.


One of the most disturbing projects underway on the roof of the world is the large-scale relocation of herders and farmers. On June 29, the Lhasa government announced that the second phase of relocation to a settlement in Lhoka (southern Tibet) had been launched on June 25.

The plan is to relocate 58 administrative villages from 12 townships in Tsonyi, Amdo and Nima counties of Nagchu Prefecture in 2022 alone; this means that 26,304 people from 6,306 households will be moved to southern Tibet under the pretext of “too high altitude” in Nagchu as if Tibetans had not lived for centuries at these altitudes.

According Xinhua news agency: “The region’s comprehensive resettlement plan will cover more than 130,000 people in Tibet’s nearly 100 townships in eight years.”

This is frightening not only for the Tibetans who will be herded into ghettos but also for India, as China is no doubt planning to change the demographics of the borders.

Sinicization of Tibetan Buddhism

The determination to change the fabric of Buddhism in Tibet is another sign of the fading dream for the Tibetan masses.

Tibetan activists stand outside the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) during a protest on the eve of the opening of the Winter Olympics in Beijing. PA

A Chinese website ( recently reported that Gyaltsen Norbu, the person chosen by China as 11e Panchen Lama to overturn choice of Dalai Lama (boy found by Tibetan leader languishing in Chinese remand center for 25 years), held talks with senior monks from various sects of Tibetan Buddhism, ‘scholars’ of the Lhasa Buddhist Institute and other experts (all under the aegis of the Communist Party) “to thoroughly study and implement General Secretary Xi Jinping’s important remarks on religious work and a series of speeches important on the Sinicization of religion in China”. Please note that all of the CCP General Secretary’s speeches and articles are labeled as ‘important’.

The symposium was organized to discuss a disturbing “adaptation” of Tibetan Buddhism to socialist (read atheist) society.

Gyalsten Norbu is a pawn in the hands of the communists.

Incidentally, during the eighth century AD, Shantarakshita, the Abbot of Nalanda, predicted that a dispute would arise between the Indian and Chinese schools of Buddhism in Tibet. The question was settled by the famous Samye debate; after two years of intense discussion (792-794 CE), the Indian way prevailed and a royal proclamation was issued declaring that the Indian way was henceforth the state religion. From now on, China wants to impose a Marxist form of Buddhism on the roof of the world. It’s laughable.

During the symposium, Gyaltsen Norbu preached freedom of religious belief in Tibet under the light of the Party and talked about freedom of religion, full protection of normal religious activities, the concept of helping the world and the people, of harmony and equality, and finally the adaptation of religion to socialist society.

It’s all big propaganda; Norbu also mentioned that “Xi Jinping’s sincere teachings and ardent expectation to actively guide Tibetan Buddhism to adapt to socialist society show the loving care of the General Secretary and the Party Central Committee for Tibetan Buddhism.”

Two Chinas As Beijing cracks down on Tibetans, Xi Jinping preaches human rights to world leaders

Chinese government-appointed Panchen Lama Gyaltsen Norbu speaks at the World Buddhist Forum in Hong Kong. Kin Cheung/AP

This does not bode well for the survival of Buddha Dharma in Tibet.

Human Rights in China and Tibet

As the human rights situation continues to deteriorate in Tibet, with the Communist Party monitoring every individual’s life through an Orwellian system, Xi Jinping preaches and promotes human rights in the rest of the world.

On June 16, the magazine seek the truthpublished an “important” article by Xi Jinping titled “Resolutely Following the Road of China’s Human Rights Development and Better Promoting the Cause of Human Rights in China.”

Xi affirmed that it is the common pursuit of human society to care for human life, worth and dignity and respect human rights for all: “Respecting and safeguarding human rights human are the relentless pursuit of the Chinese Communists. The Party’s century-long history of struggle is steeped in the Party’s unremitting efforts to unite and lead the people in the struggle for human rights, respect, safeguard and preparation for human rights. ‘man. Since the 18th Party Congress [in 2012]We have insisted on making the respect and protection of human rights an important task in the governance of the country while promoting the historic achievements of the cause of human rights in China.

Two Chinas As Beijing cracks down on Tibetans, Xi Jinping preaches human rights to world leaders

File image of Chinese President Xi Jinping. PA

Here again, preaching and reality differ.

Motorcycle preaching

The new waves of propaganda are not limited to the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). In Gangcha County of Haibei Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in northeastern Qinghai Province, a new experiment is underway; it is called “motorcycle preaching” in order to “let the spirit of the Party Congress take root in the grassland pastoral areas”.

The teams travel by motorbike, from village to village, from one nomadic camp to another… until the last kilometer. It is said to be more suitable for pastors living in scattered areas: “Let more herders truly understand new ideas, new Party policies.” Each village Party branch under the leadership of the branch secretary relies on these “party mobile schools” or “motorcycle preaching teams” to convey Party ideology.

This does not mean that at the end of the exercise, the Tibetan people will be convinced of the greatness of Marxism.

Chinese Army Recruitment

Recently, TAR military colleges and universities have begun recruiting ordinary high school graduates into the military; the program – coordinated by the Ministry of Education, the Department of Political Work of the Central Military Commission and the Department of Training Management – ​​is intended to recruit ordinary high school graduates into military colleges and universities. This year, a total of 80 young Tibetan students will be enrolled; among them, 43 at Army Colleges and Universities, 28 Armed Police Colleges, two at the National University of Defense Technology, five at the Air Force Early Warning College, and two at the University of Information Engineering of the Strategic Support Force.


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But there too the “political” examination is the most important: “[It will] take the form of visits and surveys, discussions and exchanges, mainly to understand the candidate’s family, social relationships and realistic performance [to arrive] to a political assessment [of the candidate].”

If the candidate skips or fails the political assessment, he will not participate in the subsequent physical examination.

The message is clear: applicants must cross the ideological barrier; it means having the correct political pedigree and thinking.

Another worrying sign of the deteriorating situation is that no Tibetans have been allowed to enter Nepal or India for several years. This shows Beijing’s fear that Tibetans are being “indoctrinated” (into true Buddhism in Tibetan monasteries in India?) or even into “Western evils” like democracy. All this does not bode well for the Tibetan nation.

At the end, one can ask: What was the “Liberation of Tibet” 70 years ago?

The author is a renowned author, journalist, historian, Tibetologist and scholar of China. The opinions expressed are personal.

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