China’s Sinicization Policy of Tibetan Buddhism Misguided Attempts to Control People’s Religious Beliefs, Says CTA-ANI President

Dharmshala (Himachal Pradesh) [India]Sep 1 (ANI): Calling Chinese President Xi Jinping’s proposed policy directions on Tibet “wrong” and “unrealistic”, Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) Chairman Dr. Labsang Sangay said stated that China’s policy of Sinicization of Tibetan Buddhism is a misguided attempt to control the Tibetan people’s religious belief and reincarnation system.
“China’s policy of Sinicization of Tibetan Buddhism is a misguided attempt to control the Tibetan people’s religious belief and reincarnation system. China must learn from its past experiences and allow the Tibetan people to maintain their distinct faith and religious traditions,” he said.
“For Tibetans, Buddhism is more important than Communism. Forcing them to treat Communism as more important than their faith is not only a violation of international religious freedom, but is also deeply wrong. The sinicization of Tibetan Buddhism will not work. The last 60 years of Chinese rule in Tibet are proof of that,” he added.
The CTA chairman called the demolition of Larung Gar and Yarchen Gar, two of the world‘s largest Buddhist institutes by Chinese authorities, a tragic example of Chinese atrocities against Tibetan Buddhism.
“Tibetans continue to suffer untold suffering and brutality. Freedom House has ranked Tibet as the least free region in the world after Syria for five consecutive years. Yet the resolve of the Tibetan people inside Tibet is still strong and remains faithfully devoted to His Holiness the Dalai Lama,” he said.
At the seventh central symposium on work in Tibet, which ended Saturday in Beijing, Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed that more education and guidance should be provided to the public to mobilize their participation in the fight against separatist activities, thus forging an ironclad shield to safeguard stability, according to Chinese state media.
The CTA Chairman explained that “to promote stability in Tibet, China must first address the real grievances of the Tibetan people and not forget the 154 Tibetans who set themselves on fire to protest Chinese policies in Tibet”.
“The root cause of the instability in Tibet is not the faith of the Tibetan people, but the repressive and failed policies of the Chinese government. Continuation of these harsh policies and repression will only make matters worse. is why true autonomy based on the middle way approach is the only viable solution,” he said.
“As envisioned by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tibetans seek genuine autonomy within the framework of the Chinese constitution. Resumption of dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama or his envoys remains the only foreseeable solution to resolve the Tibet issue,” did he declare.
The CTA chairman said China has been quietly militarizing the Tibetan plateau for more than 60 years under the guise of development and modernization. “For Tibet, this has only led to an influx of soldiers, Han settlers and weapons. For its neighbors, this militarization of the Tibetan plateau has led to a military build-up on its borders, putting regions already contentious borders as evidenced by the recent Galwan incident,” he said.
The CTA chairman said restoring Tibet’s status as a peace zone with its historic demilitarized border with India is the only way to sustain peace in Asia. (ANI)

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