CTA refutes Chinese claims on Tibet
The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) has flayed the claims of the Chinese government that Tibet has entered its "golden age." In press release issued here today, the CTA has maintained that on September 6, the People’s Republic of China government issued yet another white paper on so-called Tibet Autonomous Region (which does not include all areas of the traditional Tibet).
The white paper comes in the run-up to the “celebration of the 50th anniversary of the so-called Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) claiming Tibet has entered its golden age citing numerous questionable statistics.
“Such report in addition to presenting a distorted interpretation of the Sino-Tibetan relations is a vain attempt to whitewash its repressive occupation so long as independent journalists and rights groups are not given free access to Tibetan areas to judge for themselves,” the CTA has maintained.
It has further said that contrary to Chinese claims, the ground reality offers a drastically different situation with a complete lockdown and extreme security measures taken to orchestrate the anniversary celebration in Lhasa.
In addition to massive deployment of security personnel on August 11, 2015, the Chinese government issued another circular directing all postal departments to intercept all communications to and from so-called ‘TAR’ from August 20 to September 5.
The CTA further says that despite infrastructural investments and various socio-cultural projects cited in the latest paper, the fact remains that Tibetans are not free to fully exercise their rights, religious and otherwise. For example, movements by Tibetans, within the Tibetan plateau, are more than ever restricted with endless requirements for permits; monasteries are run by the Communist Party, nomads are forcefully removed from their traditional pasture, mining and dam building projects are carried out without local consultation and participation. Since 2009, at least 142 Tibetans are known to have self-immolated as an act of protest against Beijing’s misrule in Tibetan areas.
It further says that the Central Chinese government’s genuine concern for the welfare and happiness of the Tibetan people is questionable so long as it does not fulfill their aspirations for freedom and the return of the 14th Dalai Lama to his homeland. This, for the Tibetan people, will truly be a ‘golden age’.
The Central Tibetan Administration has reiterated the Middle Way Approach as a viable solution through its response to China’s white paper.
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