The Herald and other commentators have suggested Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is afraid to damage trade links by criticising China’s regime in Tibet. See: ‘Tibet campaigners accuse SNP of ‘cosying’ up to China’ (link below).
While the Chinese regime is undeniably oppressive toward minority groups, it’s less so than many of the UK’s trading partners such as Saudi Arabia or Indonesia. However, there’s another reason. The current situation in Tibet is, for the majority, better than it was under the previous feudal regime. See this extract, from a rarely heard story, with the link to the full piece below:
‘What we don’t hear about Tibet’ by Sorrel Neuss
While the world moralises over China’s occupation, feudalism and abuse in Tibetan culture has been conveniently forgotten.
Sexual abuse in monasteries and oppressive feudalism in traditional Tibetan society has been factored out of the argument against China‘s occupation, oversimplifying it.
Han Chinese guards deliberately obstruct the pilgrim route through Lhasa to the holy Jokhang temple by sipping tea at strategically placed tables in the middle of the road. In front of the Potala, the Dalai Lama’s former seat of power, an imposing guarded concrete square glorifies China’s occupation.
Tibet seems like as a celestial paradise held in chains, but the west’s tendency to romanticise the country’s Buddhist culture has distorted our view. Popular belief is that under the Dalai Lama, Tibetans lived contentedly in a spiritual non-violent culture, uncorrupted by lust or greed: but in reality, society was far more brutal than that vision.
Last December, Ye Xiaowen, head of China’s administration for religious affairs, published a piece in the state-run China Daily newspaper that, although propaganda, rings true. “History clearly reveals that the old Tibet was not the Shangri-La that many imagine”, he wrote “but a society under a system of feudal serfdom.”
Until 1959, when China cracked down on Tibetan rebels and the Dalai Lama fled to northern India, around 98% of the population was enslaved in serfdom. Drepung monastery, on the outskirts of Lhasa, was one of the world’s largest landowners with 185 manors, 25,000 serfs, 300 pastures, and 16,000 herdsmen. High-ranking lamas and secular landowners imposed crippling taxes, forced boys into monastic slavery and pilfered most of the country’s wealth – torturing disobedient serfs by gouging out their eyes or severing their hamstrings.
Not Again . . . . In 2012 the Dalai Lama visited Scotland. The Herald covered the visit, accusing the FM Alec Salmond and (SNP) leader of Dundee council of snubbing the D.L. After cow towing to Chinese pressure . . . Rennie and Jenny Mara supplied predictable quotes.
Meanwhile China invests £billions into England . . . No eyes are batted.
Classic case of SNP bad Westminister all stars , mature wise cool. Even Boris Fuckwit Johnson
Yes, again and again. anychance for a bit of hypocrisy.
Brave of you to put this story up, given all the adoration of the Dalai Llama that’s around these days.
It may take a bit of effort in digging, but for anyone interested in such things there’s some very interesting history to be found about the early/mid 20th century diplomatic contacts between the Third Reich and the Tantric rulers of Tibet.
Interesting. Got any links?
Brave? Surely they’re all nice pacifists? Oh wait a minute, ‘Buddhists’ massacre Rohinga muslims. ‘Buddhists’ massacre Tamils…….
Here’s a start:
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Hardly anybody is reading this one. Thought putting Nicola in the title would attract but?
Is the Dalai Lama an American intelligence promoted difficulty for China. That country certainly helped Tibetans resist China’s takeover.
Wouldn’t be surprised at all.