China’s growth at the dawn of the 21st century was poised to be one based out of global collective values. It was stated that the upcoming years of development would be led by a peaceful Chinese nation, that intended to overturn the global order in favour of the developing world from that of the developed world. However, in a complete opposite, the Chinese rise to the top, seems to be causing significant worry to the developing world more than any it has ever faced in the previous decades. Excessive examples in the Chinese neighbourhood have brought forward the true intensions of the Chinese Communist Party in achieving a hegemonic position in the global world order. A prominent strategy in the process, thus, as seen by the CCP, is to encapsulate many if not all the disputed regions under its own stronghold. Such aspirations however in the Chinese view can only be achieved through Sinicizing regions that have been causing trouble in assimilating into Chinese culture.China’s attempt of Sinicization, in any case, in the Tibetan Buddhist identity is no hidden secret to the world. The billion-strong nation’s wider plan of integration of disputed regions, is based out of a sinister minded plot of Sinicizing regions into its own culture.

Sinicization is known as the process in which non-Chinese communities are forced under the influence of Chinese culture, specifically in the language and their cultures. The Chinese Communist Party has been attempting to declare a successor to the Dalai Lama for years but has been unsuccessful in doing so as well. The succession plans of the 14th Dalai Lama are an integral aspect of China’s approach of integrating the Tibetan region into China. Yet, in recent times, Chinese prospects have seemed to intensify in order to capitalize on an inevitable future where a successor would have to emerge either by the CCP’s directions or through the preaching’s of the Buddhist religion itself.

Recently, two internal documents recovered by Tibetan researcher revealed the extensive plans of the CCP’s to control the reincarnation of the next Dalai Lama. Although the 14th Dalai Lama has made it clear that the reincarnation process would only initiate within the value systems and preaching’s of Buddhism; and any attempt to superficially name a successor by the CCP would remain discredited within Buddhist communities around the world as well as in the Tibetan region. However, China has been reaching out tot other international Buddhist communities through financial investments as well as facilitating renovation of important Buddhist sites and financing construction of monuments with Buddhist linkages.The investments in the regions, specifically in Southeast Asia, which has a majority Buddhist population, has been invariably linked to the multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative.

Yet, for the CCP, the plans on the succession are part of an integral resolution to their Tibetan issue once and for all. The CCP views the next selected Dalai Lama to be a part of their outreach ofquenching the Tibetan question while also curbing the growing animosity within the region by installing a leader of their choice and not through the religious process of Buddhism. This in itself is a significant cause for concern for regions and countries that value human rights and have constantly voiced their worry on the same.

The report published by the International Tibet Network and Tibet Justice Centre in a similar understanding as that discussed above, examined elaborately the Chinese preparations for a ‘Post Dalai Era’. The specific connotation of an era post the 14th Dalai Lama, the report states is adopted in order to convey China’s plan to capitalize on the succession race once the 14th Dalai Lama is no more.

It is quite evident that the CCP is concerting all its efforts to exploit the inevitable passing of the Dalai Lama to cement its stronghold upon the disturbed region. This invariably addresses many issues for the CCP in one go itself. Firstly, it addresses a long-standing debate on who rules over the Tibetan region; China’s legitimacy has always been questioned due to the presence of the Dalai Lama in India. Secondly, it helps the Chinese administration to quell human rights violations in the region by asserting dominance in the region through a self-installed Dalai Lama over the Autonomous Tibetan region. Finally, the succession also has worldwide implications in terms of Chinese hawkish aspirations in and around its neighbourhood.

China’s repeated attempts of human rights violations has been criticized globally and has deterred China’s plans in the Xinjiang region.However, it would not be an over statement to claim that China is willing to use its iron-fisted approach, ignoring global calls for restraint in Tibet, if the situation intensifies due to its succession plans.The ultimate goal of reshaping the Tibetan history is of topmost priority for the CCP as noted by many scholars. This may perhaps be due to various reasons, yet as the official channels of the Chinese Communist party describes it, it is stated thatsuch plans are a part of ‘China’s strategy to achieve long-term social stability’. Of course, the official narrative on the ill-intended Sinicization of the Tibetan culture is veiled through the motive of achieving long-lasting peace; yet it requires no decoding that Tibet is part of a larger plan of encapsulating regions that have been disputed for decades.

In any case, it is important to call out Chinese strategies for what they truly stand to mean; from Xinjiang to Tibet to Taiwan, Chinese intentions are a cause for concern to the world, for the buck shall not stop at Tibet if at all it manages to name the next Dalai Lama based on its self-interest; all the while discrediting the philosophical roots of the Buddhist culture. Hence it is important that vital stakeholder view any Chinese action with caution, for Chinese ploys are at the verge of causing severe instability not only in the Asian continent but also in the western world with its expansionist approach looming large all over the world.

Belgium: Activists Hold Protest Against China’s Anti-human Policy Ahead Of Winter Olympics

Nearly five days before the Winter Olympics scheduled to be held in China’s national capital, Bejing, protests were organised in Belgium on Saturday.

According to news agency ANI, protests was held at the historic Ijzertoren tower in Belgium, Diksmuide city against China’s human rights violations. During the rally, the protestors demanded the world community boycott the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics.

In the protest rally against the Communist government’s anti-human policy, a large number of community people congregated from several cities including, Brussels, Antwerp, and Mechelen. The protestors also displayed a protest flag and Tibetan Flag at Ijzertoren tower.

Meanwhile, several Uyghur rights groups and Tibetans also gathered in Diksmuide city to oppose China’s human rights violations.

“To raise awareness of Genocide games Beijing 2022 we co-organised the protest with Tibetan friends, gathered in Diksmuide, Belgium where thousands of soldiers sacrificed their lives for the peace during the World War 1,” said Belgium Uyghur Association in a tweet on Saturday.

Moreover, another group of at least 243 non-governmental organizations from around the world participated in a protest against the Chinese atrocities on minority communities, Human Rights Watch said on Saturday. Chinese authorities also continue to threaten members of diaspora communities, public figures, and companies beyond China’s borders through a sophisticated campaign of transnational repression, according to HRW.

“The spectacle of the Olympics cannot cover up genocide”

“It’s not possible for the Olympic Games to be a ‘force for good,’ as the International Olympic Committee claims, while the host government is committing grave crimes in violation of international law,” Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch said in a statement released on Friday.

Under President Xi Jinping, Chinese authorities have been committing mass abuses against Uyghurs, Tibetans, ethnic groups, and religious believers from all independent faith groups. They have eliminated independent civil society by persecuting human rights activists, feminists, lawyers, journalists, and others, noted the HRW group.

“The spectacle of the Olympics cannot cover up genocide. It’s hard to understand why anyone feels it’s even possible to celebrate international friendship and ‘Olympic values’ in Beijing this year,” asserted Omer Kanat, executive director of the Uyghur Human Rights Project.

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Beijing Winter Olympics Sponsors In Difficult Situation As US-China Tensions Continue

As the Beijing Winter Olympics approaches and geopolitical tensions between China and the US continue to rise, the sponsors of the Games are “walking a tightrope.” As per a report by ANI, Mark DiMassimo, the founder and creative chief of DiGo, an advertising agency in New York stated that sponsors appear to be downplaying their engagement because of the US-China tensions. Last month, the White House called for a diplomatic boycott of the Games in protest over human rights violations in China’s western Xinjiang region.

The United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada are among the countries that have declared a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics, though their athletes will still compete. The governments of these countries have criticised China for alleged human rights violations against its minority Uyghur population in Xinjiang, as well as its actions in Tibet and Hong Kong. The Chinese government has, however, refuted all allegations of human rights violations on numerous occasions.

‘Can’t afford to insult the Chinese government’: Ex-US Olympic Committee member

China, on the other hand, has urged the world community to “depoliticise” sports and warned that countries may pay the price for their erroneous actions. Rick Burton, who is the former top marketing officer for the US Olympic Committee during the Beijing Olympics in 2008, stated that the global corporations were “walking a tightrope,” the BBC reported. He further said that he doesn’t think any of the sponsors can afford or are prepared to insult the Chinese government. However, since the rising tensions, there has been a significant decrease in tweets about the Beijing Olympics by the global sponsors compared to last year’s Summer Games in Tokyo.

Meanwhile, experts estimate that the Olympics’ major sponsors jointly pay billions of dollars to sponsor the Games, which includes organiser fees and additional marketing costs. However, analysts believe that their advertising campaign this year will be far more subdued than that figure suggests.

Who are the Olympic partners?

Airbnb, Alibaba, Allianz, Atos, Bridgestone, Coca-Cola, Intel, Omega, Panasonic, Procter & Gamble, Samsung, Toyota, and Visa are the Olympics’ official global partners. All of the Olympic partners have stated that they are supporters of human rights, the BBC reported.

However, Zumretay Arkin, who is an official of the World Uyghur Congress stated that when she contacted the Olympic partners last year to request a meeting to discuss human rights violations, the reaction was silent.

(With inputs from ANI, Image: AP)

Recent Events Boycotting China

Tashi Wangchuk who is around 35 years of age now is a well-known Tibetan
Language advocate, he has faced five years in prison after his call for usage of Tibetan
in school’s medium of instruction. He was labeled as separatist and was put behind
bars. He was released on 28nd Jan, 2021. Recently Wangchuk was again summoned
by the Chinese local police on Jan 17, on the ground of his calls for allowing the usage
of Tibetan language in the schools that are mainly attended by the Tibetan children
and moreover in the government jobs, others parts of Tibetan public life. The next day
he took it to the Chinese social media account, Weibo explaining the details.
Wangchuk has mentioned that, the officials firstly asked him of who has given him the
obligation of preserving the language use of the Tibetan. He added that, the local
Police and bureau of Yulshul city are using their power and authority to prevent the
Tibetan masses from pursuing their problems and calling for language rights. He said
that this is how the Tibetan language has been threatened and this is the exact reason
why he is promoting awareness among government officials of the language rights
issued by the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China.
On Jan 3, Wangchuk expressed on Weibo account that, because of not allowing
exams in the Tibetan language for Tibetans applying for government jobs, the Tibetan
youngsters in Tibet are left with no choice but to learn Chinese in their schools and
sideline their mother tongue. Furthermore, he said that the situation has turned so bad
that some of them can’t even read and write Tibetan. Wangden Kyab, a senior
researcher at London-based Tibet Watch said that Tashi Wangchuk who has faced
five-year imprisonment still continuing his activism for Tibetan language shows that its
not a personal matter but for the long-term protection and survival of the Tibetan
Language. He added that Tashi Wangchuk has courageously raised his voice about
it and it is clear that he will continue doing it although there is endless pestering and
warnings from the Chinese government. Whereas, China has claimed that they
provide the minorities with basic rights to admittance to bilingual education, TibetanLanguage schools have been forced to close down, and school-age Tibetan children
in Tibet repeatedly have instruction only in Mandarin Chinese.
A group working to promote democratic freedoms for Tibetans has written to
NBC, the broadcaster of the Olympics, urging them to take in China’s coercion in Tibet
in their coverage of the games. “With just weeks to go before the 2022 Winter
Olympics, we trust you plan to roll out the usual coverage. But these will be no ordinary
Games. The severe oppression, including of freedom of expression, that the Chinese
government inflicts on Tibetans and others under its rule demands equal attention,”
said the letter by the International Campaign for Tibet. The advocacy group called the
Chinese government as one of the most brutal human rights abusers the world has
seen in decades. They also said that China has promised to improve the situation of
human rights in last Beijing Olympic 2008, but it has cracked down ruthlessly on Tibet,
which is why Tibet is considered to be the second least free nation in the world after
Syria as per freedom House. In 2020, US government has chosen China’s oppression
of the Uyghurs as genocide. Including US, a lot of other government has called on
diplomatic boycott of the Olympic in response to China not abiding by the international
norms. After considering all these, the group called the International Olympic
Committee to have the ethical fibre to claim Chinese government to follow to
internationally maintained values of freedom and human rights to deserve the games.
They even urged the US broadcaster of the games, NBC to go beyond the
business as they also have ethical responsibility as a defender of freedom specially
that of expression. In the letter, the democratic and freedom group added that by airing
these Olympics, the NBC is giving the Chinese authoritarian regime a podium to
spread its propaganda. That’s why, it is only them who can provide the victims of
Chinese oppression the equal time more than to be side-lined for the sake of profit
and their interest. With regards to Beijing Winter Olympic next month, over 250 right
groups have called out UN Secretary- General Anthonio Guterres for accepting the
official invitation for the opening of the ceremony. The appeal letter condemns
Secretary General’s decision as highly inappropriate and said that it grossly
undermined the UN’S Commitment to human rights. The coalition includes global civil
society groups representing Tibetan, Uyghur, Hong Konger, Chinese, Southern
Mongolian, and Taiwanese communities.
In the letter, it was mentioned that the Secretary-General’s participation would
challenge the United Nation’s efforts to hold China responsible and go in contradiction
of the core principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. They
also added that, his acceptance for the invitation would give confidence to China’s
disregard for international human rights laws and will serve as an encouragement for
the actions of the Chinese authorities. The groups requested the UN chief Mr Guterres
to reconsider his choice to attend the Genocide Games since major nations have
announced diplomatic boycott in the last few months. China is now the subject of an
Olympic boycott movement.

Human rights abuses reported from Tibet despite global pressure

The United States and some western countries have been stepping up pressure on China to stop the repression of the ethnic minorities in Tibet and other parts of the country. It even included a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing. Yet, the Chinese government is allegedly targetting Tibetans. Tibetans and global human rights activists have claimed that the Beijing government’s repressive activities are aimed at diminishing Tibetan culture. The inhuman treatment includes demolition of monasteries and Buddha statues, banning Tibetan flags, invoking land rights etc. All this has led advocacy groups and governments to express serious concerns and think of measures to stop the repression of Tibetans and their old culture. Many countries have already decided not to send their officials to Beijing in protest.

A few weeks ago, a 99-foot statue of Maitreya Buddha at Gaden Namgyal Ling monastery in Tibet’s Drago was demolished on frivolous grounds such as lack of fire escape in the building. Satellite images have confirmed the demolition. Notably, Chinese authorities had permitted to build the statue. However, they invalidated the approval document and brought military forces for the demolition activities. They also tore down 45 prayer wheels and a Tibetan monastic school, and they detained and beat up many people, who have expressed their disapproval and protested in a peaceful manner. Among the detainee were monks and women. One such woman protestor was tortured by pouring cold water on her in subzero temperature conditions while one monk was seen with damages to his eyes.

Tibetans communicating with the people outside China are punished severely even if topics of discussion are harmless and pose no threat to China’s security whatsoever.  It makes it difficult for the reports about human rights abuses to reach Tibetans living outside China. One such Tibetan said “Chinese authorities have again given unbelievable reasons for the destruction… these aren’t valid excuses. The Chinese government is just continuing to Sinicize Tibet’s religion by not allowing Tibetans the freedom to practice their own religion and faith.” Pema Gyal, a researcher at London-based Tibet Watch, said the real intention of the Beijing government was to “monitor and control the thoughts of local Tibetans” through efforts like forcing them to hoist Chinese flags and to place communist leaders’ portraits in their homes. “There are huge concerns regarding how the Chinese government conducts these political education sessions for Tibetan nomads,” Gyal said.

China is using coercive policy to compel Tibetans to leave their religion and switch to Chinese ways of life, said Human Rights Watch (HRW). The Chinese language has been made compulsory for school teachers, local officials, vocational trainees as well as kindergarten students. Tibetan nomads are forced to replace their prayer flags with China’s national flag, which is seen as an effort to eradicate Tibetan cultural and religious practices.[7] Tibetans flags installed on the hilltops are being removed saying they were not good for the environment. HRW China Director Sophie Richardson said China was tightening its grip on Tibetans to suppress both the freedom of movement and freedom of expression. The Beijing government has made sinicization of Tibetan religion and language its foremost priority, said Tenzin Dorjee, former commissioner of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Several advocacy groups have been making appeals to government and businesses for measures that compel Beijing to stop human rights abuses against ethnic minorities in Tibet and elsewhere in the country. International Campaign for Tibet has urged US broadcaster NBC to include repression in Tibet when Beijing Olympics is covered. Some protestors in Germany urged Allianz, a multinational financial service giant to drop sponsorship of the Beijing Olympics. The appeals to boycott the Beijing Olympics are intended to dissuade global businesses and governments to not being complicit in the Chinese government’s crimes against human rights.

The US  has expressed “deep concerns” over the repression of Tibetans. “We’re also seeing abusive practices including arbitrary arrest and detention, censorship, restrictions on freedom of movement, restrictions on peaceful assembly, and interference in the veneration by Tibetan Buddhists of their religious leaders, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama,” said US Under Secretary of State Uzra Zeya. US, Australia, the UK, Canada, and Japan have announced the diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics. Some countries including New Zealand, the Netherlands have not joined the movement by the US  officially but have decided not to send their government officials citing Covid-19. Now advocacy groups are urging other major countries like India, Switzerland, and Germany to join the diplomatic boycott.

China Accuses US Media Of Smearing Beijing-Moscow Ties On Ukraine Issue

China on Monday slammed US-based media for trying to smear the relationship between Beijing and Russia after a reputed publication claimed in an article that China had asked Moscow “not to invade Ukraine” during the Winter Olympics. Speaking at a routine press conference, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian refuted the statements made in the report, saying that it was a “despicable and futile” trick to “drive a wedge” between Moscow and Beijing. Lijian also lambasted US media for creating news “out of thin air.”

“I want to stress that today’s China-Russia relations are mature, stable and resilient. The two sides have maintained close communication and all levels. Any attempt to drive a wedge between the two countries or challenge mutual trust is futile. Such despicable trick cannot full the international community,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said on Monday, as quoted by The Global Times.

Lijian also blasted the publication indirectly for slandering and said that such reports not only provoke tensions between China and Russia but also interfere with and sabotage the international platform of the Beijing Winter Olympics. In addition, Moscow also called the report “fake” with Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova adding that it was a part of the US’ “special informational operations of corresponding American services.” To note, the article published earlier this week claimed that China had called Russia allegedly requesting the latter from invading Ukraine during the Olympic games.

China warns athletes of “punishment” for advocating human rights

Lijian, during his speech on Monday, said that Beijing is aimed at presenting a “streamlined safe and splendid Olympic Games.” However, his assertions came just days after China launched veiled threats to national and foreign Olympians against criticism of Beijing authorities. “Any behaviour or speeches that are against the Olympic spirit, especially against Chinese laws and regulations are also subject to certain punishment,” Yang Shu, Beijing 2022 International Relations Department Deputy Director-General said last Tuesday.

Notably, the Winter Olympics is set to open on February 4 against a backdrop of a myriad of controversies. Several Western countries, including Australia and Canada led by the US, have announced a diplomatic boycott of the Games, citing human rights abuse of Uyghur Muslims, Tibetans, Hong Kong and more. In addition, China’s repressive measures under the zero-COVID approach have also drawn severe criticisms due to their intensity and impact on commoners.

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China Slams US Over Olympic Boycott By Several Countries Over Rights Issue

While the villages for the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics opened for pre-Games trials on Sunday, Chinese state media slammed the US on the issue of the Olympic boycott being staged by several countries over rights issues in China. It is to mention that the Winter Olympics is set to begin in less than two weeks, with athletes from several countries travelling to Beijing for the event.

In an editorial, Global Times said that the Biden administration has tried to “incite” its allies to diplomatically boycott the Beijing Games, however, “most of the US allies and partners haven’t danced to Washington’s tune”.

Slamming Washington, the state media added, “political manoeuvring around the Beijing Winter Olympics will only become a splash of ice under the athletes’ feet.” Separately, the Chinese Communist Party-run daily said that the US itself eventually is sending 46 officials to attend the Beijing 2022 Games. “The diplomatic boycott has completely turned into a farce,” the media outlet added.

China issues warning to athletes against criticism of Beijing authorities

It is to mention that the 2022 Olympics will open on February 4 against the backdrop of severe criticism from the international community for its human rights violations against the Uyghur, Tibetans, Hong Kong, and many more. Earlier last month, the US announced that it will refrain from sending a delegation to the Games, a suit later followed by Australia, Canada, and the UK.

China, for its part, has rejected the diplomatic boycott as a useless move that goes against the Olympic spirit but has also threatened retaliation. Recently, China even warned national and foreign athletes against publicly speaking against the human rights situation in the nation.

“Any behaviour or speeches against the Olympic spirit, especially against Chinese laws and regulations will be subject to punishment”, Beijing 2022 International Relations Department Deputy Director-General Yang Shu said in a statement on Tuesday. As per reports, the Olympians will also face an Orwellian surveillance state and not be protected in case dangers arise from advocating civil rights on a public platform. Human Rights Watch and Australia have raised concerns over China’s attempt to “sportswash” Beijing’s reputation by “prosecuting people’s free speech.”

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Demolition of Buddha Statue in Tibet

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Authorities in China’s Sichuan province enforced Tibetan monks and other local residents to watch the destruction of a large and respected Buddha statue after official complaints that the statue had been built too high, RFA sources said. RFA verified the demolition of the statue by study of commercial satellite Imagery. Chinese authorities forced monks from Thoesam Gatsel monastery and Tibetans living in Chuwar and other nearby towns to witness the demolition, which started on Dec. 12 and continued for the next nine days.

“Local Tibetans from other villages were also forced to come to watch the demolition,” a Tibetan residing in India said, sharing this on condition of anonymity to protect family members still living in Drago. “A lot of police had also been deployed to make sure that spectators didn’t take pictures and videos or create disturbances.” According to a report released on Friday, the demolition was carried out by county Chief Wang Dongsheng, a high-ranking official who was implicated in the massive destruction of Larung Gar Buddhist Academy. Dharamshala based Tibet Watch has said that Chinese officials in Drago County in Tibet’s kham area dismantled a 99-foot Buddha statue and smashed 45 massive prayer wheels placed near Drago Monastery. It was reported that the destruction began on December 12 with “military soldiers strongly posted in the crossroads of its neighborhood to prevent any type of protest.”

Based on rights organizations, the statue was initially formed with complete agreement of the local authorities for Buddhist acceptance that it would avoid starvation, war, and possible disasters of fire, water, earth, and air with the financial support of local Tibetans in Drago County, Kham Tibet. However, at the time of dismantling, local Chinese authorities declared that the construction documents fraudulent and stated that the statue’s height was not permitted in the area. The local residents and monks who were forced to witness the demolition have said that they had all the legal documents for the construction of the giant Buddha statue and that the Chinese authorities demolished it six years after it was built. The Buddha statue was built in 2015. According to Radio Free Asia, 11 monks from Drago’s Gaden Namgyal Ling Monastery have now been arrested by the authorities on doubt of sending news and photos of the statue’s destruction to outside Tibet.

It is worth observing that the monks were barred from taking pictures or videos of the demolition and were threatened by the authorities to not inform the incident outside. For the locals, the destruction of the statue came off as a China’s campaign to remove Tibet’s distinct national culture and religion. Before the demolition of Buddha, the Chinese had detained the monks from the monastery in Drago saying that they needed to be taught lessons. The monks were violently beaten and provided with no food in prison. Some of them were even made to stand naked in freezing cold for raising their voice against the planned demolition. The local Tibetans are still under their watch, they are not being allowed to hang prayer flags outside their homes. The police are also targeting the locals on other unreasonable excuses. Around October last year, Tibetan volunteers led by monastery officials demolish the Gaden Rabten Namgyaling schools at Drago Monastery in Karze( Ganzi) in China’s western Sichuan province. The school administered by Drago Monastery was condemned by local Chinese authorities, and monastery officials were ordered to demolish the school building in three days or a government team would destroy the building and confiscate school property, including the building materials.

Norbu, who shared a videos and photos of the demolition received from sources in the region, said the order was in fact targeting a learning center where local Tibetan students received education in Tibetan culture and religion. Because of the tight restrictions on sharing information in the region the India-based Norbu said he was unable to find out what actually happened to the students, including whether they were compelled to leave the Drago area. With regards to this incident of demolitions in Dargo, a lot of notable personalities has expressed their views on various platforms. One such is author Brahma Chellaney, he took it to twitter saying that China is walking in the footsteps of Taliban. Taliban has destroyed numerous religious artefacts in Afghanistan during their first reign before the U.S invasion where their most notable targets were two massive Buddha statues built in the sixth century. Chellaney said China was on its way to wipe off the Tibetan culture and was following the footsteps of the Taliban. “

The wanton demolition was carried out to teach Tibetans a lesson. Xi-led China is working to annihilate Tibetan religion, culture and identity. Authorities have switched TibetanLanguage schools to Chinese and cut Tibetans off from ancient traditions, like herding and farming”, he said. The US state department has said that it has profound concerns for the Tibetans and has requested China authorities to respect the human rights of Tibetans. It says it stands for the safeguarding of Tibet’s environment as well as the exclusive cultural, linguistic, and religious identity of Tibetan traditions. Very recently, the US government has also declared a new special coordinator for Tibetan issues to encourage applicable dialogue between China and the Dalai Lama and force to protect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of the Tibetan people. Whatever happened at Dargo was complete act of barbaric from Chinese authorities.

In Austria, Tibetans Protest Against China; Demand Boycott Of Beijing Winter Olympics

The Tibetan community living in Austria came out on the streets to protest against the Beijing Winter Olympics over alleged human rights violations by China. The Tibetan community, along with the Uyghur association in Austria, organised the protest, which had more than 35 members present at the rally. During the protest, the demonstrators chanted slogans against China and carried placards that read, “Stop cultural genocide in Tibet, Tibet belongs to Tibetans, # No Beijing 2022, # No Olympics Oath. (sic)”

Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen, who was imprisoned in China for years, also participated in the rally and criticised Vienna for participating in the Beijing Winter Olympics. He said the International Olympic Committee (IOC) illegally gave the Olympics to China in 2008, and once again the IOC illegally gave the Winter Olympics to China. The filmmaker criticised the Chinese government and said there were no language rights, human rights, no religion, and basic human rights in Tibet. The protesters from the Tibetan community also organised a drama portraying how the secretive regime of China has committed atrocities against Tibetans in Tibet.

(Tibetans demand a boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics in Austria; Image: ANI)

It is worth mentioning here that China got the right to host the 2008 Olympics with pledges to improve its human rights situation in accordance with Olympic deals. However, the Communist regime of China has not fulfilled its promises, and the situation in Tibet continues to worsen.

Reports of human rights violations have repeatedly surfaced since Xi Jinping became the President of China in 2013. Earlier, the local Uygur community in Belgium’s Antwerp also staged a protest against the Chinese administration’s approach towards Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities. They also demanded a boycott of the Beijing Olympics.

US and other countries boycott 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

Earlier, in December, United States President Joe Biden confirmed that no US government officials would be attending the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Along with the US, Australia, the UK, Canada, and Lithuania have also announced a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics.

The White House said that the decision was made in the wake of the “ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang, and other human rights abuses.” However, the Chinese government criticised the move taken by the United States and even termed America’s boycott as “political manipulation” and a distortion of the spirit of the Olympic Charter, noting that this boycott would have no impact on the success of the Games.

(With inputs from ANI)

China targeting Tibetan Buddhists since Mao’s Cultural Revolution

Lhasa, Tibet: According to the global think tank, China’s oppression on Buddhists in Taliban is not new, it’s been going on since Mao’s Cultural Revolution and Xi Jinping continued it.

This continued persecution has curtailed the little space available for religious freedom and is contrary to the Chinese government’s claim of religious freedom in Tibet.

According to think tank Global Order, the Chinese Communist Party has employed many methods to eradicate Tibetan Buddhism not only within Tibet but also outside Tibet. “In many locations, Tibetan monasteries have been demolished or restrictions on the number of monks and nuns have been severely increased,” the think tank said.

Earlier this month, media reports had said Chinese authorities in Sichuan province were arresting Tibetan monks and beating them over suspicion that they informed outside people about the destruction of the 99-foot tall Buddha statue in the country’s Luhuo county (Drago).

The Buddha statue in the Kardze (Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Region was demolished in December by officials who said the statue had been built too high, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported citing Tibetan sources.

Local monastery monks and other Tibetan residents were forced to witness the destruction, and action experts called part of an ongoing campaign to eradicate Tibet’s distinct national culture and religion, the RFA report said.

Chinese officials so far have arrested 11 monks from Drago’s Gaden Namgyal Ling monastery on suspicion of sending news and photos of the statue’s destruction to contacts outside the region, RFA reported citing a source.

“As of now, we have learned that Lhamo Yangkyi, Tsering Samdrup and four other Tibetans have been arrested for communicating outside Tibet,” RFA quoted the source as saying citing contacts in Drago.

Religious believers in China can not rely on legal or constitutional safeguards of their faith, said Sophie Richardson, China director for New York-based Human Rights Watch after the arrest of monks over-sharing news of statue demolition.

Richardson also said that Beijing in its current phase of “ultranationalist and statist ideology” gives all power to the state, and regards civil society with suspicion and contempt.