China is carrying out systematic annihilation of the cultural heritage of Tibet with the destruction of Tibetan Buddhism and religious traditions, education system, social breakdowns, lawlessness, communal disharmony, uncontrolled greed and a high growth in sex trade and alcoholism, according to a report.
In the report – Cultural Genocide in Tibet – brought out by The Tibet Policy Institute Lobsang Sangay, President, Central Tibetan Administration stated that acts of genocide have been and are still being committed. He said that the Chinese are carrying out destruction of their religion, language, and also doing forceful removal of Tibetan nomads while it is continuing population transfer onto the Tibetan Plateau from mainland China.
He even highlighted that the as per the 2017 Freedom House report, Tibet is one of the least free countries in the world.
“Policies relentlessly carried out in these four areas have robbed the Tibetans of their culture and language and have damaged their traditional way of life. The influx of Chinese migrant workers, facilitated by the new railway line and an administration in favour of the migrants, are reducing the Tibetans to an increasingly disenfranchised minority in their own land,” he said.
China strategy: report
According to the report, the challenge lies in how China projects itself in front of the world compared to what its internal policies are. It said while China behaves as like a multinational State in global arena, it acts as an empire when it comes to dealing with its own domestic issues.
“The contradiction between its self-portrayal and its real imperial impulses is at the heart of China’s destruction of Tibet’s Buddhist civilisation,” said the report, which was launched here on Monday.
The report stated that China is also attempting to flood Tibet with Han Chinese settlers and making them a dominant ethnic population, similar to what it did in Manchuria, Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang.
The report also added that China is “waiting for the passing away of His Holiness the Dalai Lama” so that it can appoint the next Dalai Lama there.
“In brushing aside the present Dalai Lama and preparing to appoint the next one all in the hope that Beijing can handle the Tibetan people, the Chinese authorities are travelling on the road to the destabilization of Tibet,” it said.
More than 149 Tibetans have set themselves on fire because of China’s refusal to allow His Holiness the Dalai Lama to visit Tibet. But if China imposes its own Dalai Lama then the movement may not remain non-violent, the report said.