Sunday, March 23, 2008

Reference: A turning point for China, Bangkok Post, March 23, 2008

The article says that the majority of the Han Chinese "understand that the Tibetan struggle against tyranny is the same as theirs". This statement is false. Those outside of China may rightly be outraged by China's occupation of Tibet and by the suppression of human rights therein, but the notion that the Han Chinese are on their side in this struggle is a delusion. Almost to the man, the Han believe that Tibet "belongs" to them, that Taiwan "belongs" to them, and even that Mongolia, a sovereign country, "belongs" to them. They also believe in their heart of hearts that the Tibetans are better off under Chinese rule and that all expressions of ethnic and cultural freedom be it in Tibet or Xinjiang are best explained in terms external anti-China conspiracies.

Cha-am Jamal

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