New Tibetan rulers funded by China in return for absolute loyalty: Report

May 23rd, 2009 - 6:53 pm ICT by ANI  

London, May 22 (ANI): Chinese rule in Tibet is based upon ethnic inequality by empowering an elite class, who in turn, remain loyal to Beijing, an unprecedented report has claimed.

Written by scholars in Beijing, the report has been hailed by both Tibetans and Chinese as a revealing look at the troubled region.

It says that a new Tibetan “aristocracy” has seized power in the region. Unlike Tibet’s previous rulers, who were supported by the tribes and by the monasteries, the new Tibetan ruling cadres are funded by Beijing in return for absolute loyalty.

They have spread propaganda blaming the Dalai Lama for Tibet’s social problems to mask their shortcomings and reinforce their power, the report concludes.

“They use every opportunity to play the separatism card,” The Telegraph quoted Phun Tshogs Dbang Rjyal, a Communist party member in Tibet, as saying.

As part of the research, four Beijing University students traveled through Tibet in the aftermath of widespread riots in March 2008.

Commissioned by Gongmeng, or the Open Constitution Initiative, the report’s conclusions provide a more balanced look of Tibet’s social problems, highlighting problems in the local government and the education system.

“This is the first independent analysis of the situation in Tibet from within China. This is a factual analysis of the underlying social factors,” said Nicholas Becquelin, a research director at Human Rights Watch.

An unrest began in Lhasa last year that quickly spread through Tibet, leading to an armed response by Chinese soldiers and the loss of over 140 lives, according to the Tibetan government-in-exile.

China blamed the Dalai Lama for fanning the violence, and said that over 100 agents of Tibet’s religious leader had organized the protests.

The report highlighted the tensions caused by a drive to industrialize the region and move Tibetans from farms into the cities, where they find it hard to compete for jobs with better-educated Han immigrants.

The report had won support on internet forums, but has not yet been published formally. “We are not sure how it will be received,” the report’s editor Yang Ziyun said. (ANI)

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