China’s Campaign To Silence The Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama

CHINA aims to stamp out the voice of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in his remote homeland by ensuring that his “propaganda” is not received by anyone on the internet, television or other means, a top official said.

China has tried, with varying degrees of success, to prevent Tibetans listening to or watching programmes broadcast from outside the country, or accessing any information about the Dalai Lama and the exiled government on the internet.

But many Tibetans are still able to access such news, either via illegal satellite televisions or by skirting Chinese internet restrictions. The Dalai Lama’s picture and his teachings are also smuggled into Tibet, at great personal risk.

Writing in the ruling Communist Party’s influential journal Qiushi, the latest issue of which was received by subscribers this weekend, Tibet’s party chief Chen Quanguo said that the government would ensure only its voice is heard.

“Strike hard against the reactionary propaganda of the splittists from entering Tibet,” Chen wrote in the magazine, whose name means “seeking truth”.

The Government will achieve this by confiscating illegal satellite dishes, increasing monitoring of online content and making sure all telephone and internet users are registered using their real names, he added.

“Work hard to ensure that the voice and image of the party is heard and seen over the vast expanses (of Tibet) … and that the voice and image of the enemy forces and the Dalai clique are neither seen nor heard,” Chen wrote.

China calls the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Dalai Lama a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” who seeks to use violent methods to establish an independent Tibet.


17 thoughts on “China’s Campaign To Silence The Dalai Lama

  1. You know, today I learned something that made me very happy.

    Recently we were talking about how there seems to be a concerted effort to keep the youth from being exposed to religion. I had even worried that young people in Christian schools were not being taught the faith with the same devotion and attention as years past.

    But today at mass I listed to a young teenage girl who had recently come from Rio for World Youth Day. She talked about her experience with such confidence and a quiet passion and made a comment how it made her happy to see so many other young people who felt the same way about their faith. So many thousands of people gathered together in faith. She talked about the poor in this country and what the Christians were doing to help and she also made another trip to Cambodia and was moved by her experiences there as well (again with other youth). It was so inspirational that I wondered why I even worried. To me, it seemed, that the youth today are even more unapologetic about being open about it from when I was young.

    Last week, I volunteered to be a helper with Children’s Liturgy. I was quite nervous about it and we did have a bit of a rocky start (doh), but again, I was inspired by the enthusiasm and passion these little tykes had for the faith. It made me well up.

    The Holy Spirit is strong and is moving. It really feels like there is a renewal.

    Even my nephew, who has for a while been quite against certain Christian principles while in secondary college, asked me yesterday if he felt I thought he was religious. This surprised me as I didn’t think so, but he seemed perplexed because he said, you know I feel God all the time (they weren’t his exact words, but the gist of it). My heart swells.



      It was our professional renoun
      That we could tell the Markings of the Beast,
      That we could half-depopulate a town
      And still assert that witchery increased!

      Unfair to see us as demented fools –
      The canting loonies of a darker day.
      We worked within a sober set of rules,
      And had our codes of conscience to obey.

      Burning for the truth, we only built
      A case on what we truly heard and saw;
      And if it always pointed to the ‘GUILT’,
      Well, it wasn’t innocence we hunted for.

      And people were supportive, by and large.
      They understood the set-up rather well;
      – That criticism would attract a charge
      Of being in complicity with Hell.

      Our overriding passion was concern.
      It overrode us everywhere we went.
      It drove us on relentlessly to learn
      What pimples on a witch’s elbow meant.

      You’d hardly credit all the pains we took
      With pincer, rack, hot-iron and ducking-stool.
      In all good faith, how could we overlook
      The use of any diagnostic tool?

      So scrupulous were we in these affairs –
      So jealous of a blemish on our names –
      Nobody ever lacked our tender cares,
      Or ever went unjustly to the flames.

      And though in recent centuries we’d feared
      That our profession might be dead and gone,
      Some gratifying symptoms have appeared
      To show the work is being carried on!


      • So who are the one’s demanding that their ‘beliefs’ be adhered to today?
        The Christians or the atheists?


      • er…. At the risk of becoming a target of the New Inquisition, I feel compelled to point out ~ again ~ that atheists don’t HAVE ‘beliefs’. 😉


      • Oh yes they dooooo Dabbles!

        They believe they know everything and nobody should argue with them.


    • Kathleen, why is it the job of the school, the priest and every other thing under the sun to teach your children religion? The Bible makes it clear that this is your duty, not someone else’s.


      • I don’t have any children davinci, but I didn’t learn religion from my parents at all I’m afraid.


    • Eric Lee says that –

      People think that the one-party system must be operationally rigid, politically closed, morally illegitimate. In fact the opposite could be true: what defines China’s one-party system are adaptability, meritocracy and legitimacy.

      Since 1949 when the Party took over, China was mired in civil war and foreign aggression, and its average life expectancy was 41. Today, it’s the second largest economy in the world, an industrial powerhouse, and its people live in increasing prosperity.

      Contrast this to the dismal performance of many electoral democracies around the world: “Governments get elected and then fall below approval a few months later and stay there or fall until the next election. Democracy is becoming a perpetual cycle of ‘elect and regret.’”

      Of course, Li concedes the country faces enormous challenges: pollution, population, food safety, and on the political front, corruption, which is widespread and undermines moral legitimacy.

      But the argument that the one-party system causes corruption doesn’t hold water. According to the Transparency International index of corruption, China has recently ranked between 70 and 80 among 170 countries and moving up, while India, the largest electoral democracy in the world, is at 95 and dropping.
      [end quote]

      Not perfect, as the second last paragraph says.
      The Dalai Lama still has me on side!


      • That’s interesting Strewth.
        I’m not a fan of democracy, but have been saying for years that probably the most idealistic form of ‘democracy’ (including the ‘original’ greek style) is the version the soviets came up with….At least in theory.
        The key to it was that the ‘governing’ body was partyless: ‘The Supreme Soviet’ circumvented the very worst ~ and persistent ~ problems of ‘western-style’ democracy: Party Politics.

        Unfortunately any ‘system’ fails to accommodate ‘human nature’, and is therefore a stopgap at best.
        But it’s undeniable that ‘communism’, warts and all, is the best thing that ever happened to the general populations of Russia and China.


  2. In what way is this chinese reaction to tibetans any different from that of australian governments’ reactions to (politically-decreed) ‘Outlaw’ bikie gangs?


  3. What the Chinese are doing is wrong but who is going to tell them that and not be a hypocrite ? There is no country now that stand as a beacon for others.


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