Wednesday, April 2, 2008

China should pay more attention to the threat from the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC), a covert terrorist organization in the making

By China Watcher

Over the past few weeks, China has accused the "Dalai Lama clique" of inciting the violent protests in China and the damages to the Chinese embassies in countries sympathetic to the Tibetans independence cause which were cleverly disguised into one Western “buy-in” package – safeguarding human rights and religious freedoms – a sensitive nerve and values in the much publicized Western based democracy system.

Obviously, the Dalai Lama immediately dismissed the notion that he has anything to do with the violence. Let us give the benefit of the doubt to the religious leader but his presence and actions do have this “unseen” effect of motivating the Tibetans monks to initiate the protests, which is peaceful at first. His subsequent actions of not calling off the spreading violence by his people confirmed his inert intentions to create further unrests in order to put pressure on the Chinese government to listen to his uncompromising demand for a Greater Tibet dream.

Dalai Lama actions

I am not particularly concern of the Dalai Lama’s continued provocation by traveling abroad to gain international mileage towards his proclaimed “non independence cause” and his moral authority which has captivated Westerners but there is this growing radical dissident group known as the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC), which has became very active of late.

The Dalai Lama has been positioned as the “goodness” part of the freedom cause free from violence like Mahatma Gandhi, a guru on using non violent means to achieve its objectives. He traveled to the sympathetic Western nations on a periodic basis to solicit for moral support and to raise funds necessary for his “partial” autonomous objectives. His peaceful face and his philanthropist gestures draw WESTERN international support by portraying China as the “bad guy” and the worse human right abuser in the world worked magically well to the Tibetans underlying “independence” cause. That is why the exiled Tibetan government administrator in Northern India is very concern by the Chinese allegations and retort this by constantly releasing statements (willingly consumed by the Western media) to deny the accusations at every which way they could using the central theme – our act is to protect human rights, religious freedom and safeguarding our Tibetan culture.

Tibetan Youth Congress extreme stance

The TYC was founded in 1970 by some young exiled Tibetans who were desperate that the Dalai Lama’s so-called middle path, of not advocating for full autonomy, was not working or effective. Hence, they rejected their religious leader stance and started to support full independence to the extent of using violence means if possible. TYC is the most influential of the many Tibetan organizations in exile wearing the pro-independence hats. TYC is reported to have 30,000 members and it has 70 branches throughout the world. Using the Dalai Lama as its respected religious leader, it was able to source for donations and financial assistance from Western sympathizers, perhaps, even including international clandestine spy agencies and the CIA.

For the past decades, the TYC were behind the many demonstrations, protests and hunger strikes to fight for the full independence of Tibet. I would not be surprised if the TYC is actively involved in the planned violence in China through its “planted” representatives in the monasteries and among the Tibetan activists.

The TYC has attracted a number of young, Western-educated Tibetans in exile, whose religious enthusiasm is not as zealous as that of older generations. They still respect the Dalai Lama but do not see the spiritual leader as the living Buddha who cannot be challenged. One TYC’s leader is its current President which needs to be mentioned here is Tsewang Rigzin, who grew up in southern India and is now a naturalized American citizen. He is presently living in Dharamsala, leaving his wife and children in the US. More than once during interviews with Western media, he has said there is no guarantee that Tibetans would only resort to non-violent actions.

The violent tone of the TYC's rhetoric first appeared in 1989 when the Dalai Lama became determined to take the "middle of the road". The then TYC president, Tseten Norbu, claimed in interviews that the “middle-of-the-road” line took into consideration interests of both Tibetans and Chinese, which the TYC found this to be unacceptable as they would only consider full independence of Tibet and would use every available means including terrorism to end the Chinese Communist Party’s rule in Tibet. He also once said that freedom and independence were worth dying for, drawing comparison with people in Chechnya and Bosnia fighting for their independence through armed struggles. Tseten Norbu even compares his Tibetan movement to that of the Palestine Liberation Organization, eventually to have its own country, and flying the Tibetan flag over the Potala Palace.

The TYC is slowly but surely evolving into a real terrorist organization taking up arms and violence to attain its independence objectives. With the passing of the Dalai Lama (now aged 72), we believe that there will not be any more restraint to resort to means such as cutting off electricity lines, blasting bridges, killing innocent people and destroying highways.

Potential Threat

The potential threat of radical Tibetan organizations especially the TYC is very real. With China’s political and economic muscles expanding rapidly, organizations of a similar nature could be made use of by western forces who may want to prevent China from being what it is supposed to be – a world’s superpower – in the future. With financial aid and arms provided by these foreign countries, such organization could create trouble in China’s backyard delaying the projected growth of its economy and prosperity of its 55 other ethnic groups. It is likely that the stronger China becomes, the more foreign aid such independence seeking organizations would receive.

Beijing should take note of the TYC’s violence means and it is clear that they wish to take Tibet out from China. If the Dalai Lama is not around anymore, we certainly would see more violence and increased terrorist activities from the TYC.

Pragmatic solutions

There are only two possible solutions to the Tibetan issues.

One possible solution is to completely ignore talks with the Dalai Lama and fight the Tibetan independence cells particularly the TYC with proven and effective strategies – both internal and abroad. The Chinese intelligence community may need to work harder and collaborate with the neighboring states and other intelligence communities to fight this group. At the same time, China will use its political influence to prevent the “terrorists” from fleeing via Nepal. Neighboring countries will be asked to take a harder position with regards to refugees from Tibet. Rebels caught will be deported to China to face justice. China may also need to be watchful of any future infiltration attempts. Like in the US, there must be a warning system to handle terrorist activities, whereby a certain color code reflecting the situation especially in Tibet and the surrounding areas where there is a huge Tibetan population can be implemented – like blue is okay, red or orange is for alert and the need for military forces to prevent loss of lives and disturbance to societies etc. The Chinese government will need to speed up economic developments in Tibet and to consider allowing more Tibetan participation in the decision making process especially at the local council and provincial level.

The second suggested solution is to engage in peaceful dialogues with the Dalai Lama (noting his weakened authority). First and foremost, in order to gain Chinese trusts, China should insist that he goes to the United Nation and make a public declaration that Tibet and Taiwan are inalienable parts of China. He must also demonstrate that he has the support and commitment of all the various rebel parties within his clique. The Chinese government will then seriously reopen talks with him or its representatives (known most likely as the 6th round of negotiations) with the hope of finding a compromising outcome. The Tibetan religious leader must also tone down his demand for a Greater Tibet (including enlarging Tibet region with lands from Gansu, Sichuan, Yunnan and Qinghai).

Westerners asked to rebuff extreme direction

I hope the many Tibetan sympathizers from the West who was so self-right in their opinions concerning the rejection of Hamas (for its terrorist acts) in the Middle East will not be blinded by the human right activists, and boldly act to rebuff the violent and extreme directions of the Tibetan pro-independence groups especially the TYC.


truth finder said...

I am very disappointed about US government's position to the recent riots in Tibet and surrounding areas in China which have claimed many lifes and property loss. With so many revealed evidences, they politicians are still claiming that Dalai Lama and his supporters just want to have dialogues witht the government. Do they have basic human conscience? How can these liers and shameless people lead a country like USA? In China, we have a saying: no one should speak like a blind man when he opens his eyes. We have another saying: no one should call a deer a horse.

To me, some very irresponsible political leaders in USA are just those people calling a deer a horse and lying with eyes open.

China Watcher said...

Thanks for the comment.

It is important to garner as much support as possible from the many Chinese throughout the world. Some people would deem this as a clash of Eastern and Western value but I would look at it from another perspective. It could be a conspiracy to bring down an authoritarian eastern government which has the capability and might to really threatened its Western based democracy values. The West is at all lost when all the Chinese people are united. This has nothing to do with Chinese nationalism - it has more to do with responsibility for one's action (committing a criminal act). But the West conveniently choose to look at it squarely as a human rights issue. Just wait another 20 years - we'll see who is right then.

yflcsandi said...

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FrancisTrashTalk said...

Dalai Lama is still wanting Tibet Independence in spite of his claim that he isn't. Take a look at what he is demanding below.

My comment is that what he didn't get in battlefield 30 years ago, he wouldn't get on the negotiation table with the Chinese government because majority of Chinese people wouldn't agree to that.

For further information, here is the link:

1. Transformation of the whole of Tibet into a zone of peace;
2. Abandonment of China’s population transfer policy which threatens the very existence of the Tibetans as a people;
3. Respect for the Tibetan people’s fundamental human rights and democratic freedoms;
4. Restoration and protection of Tibet’s natural environment and the abandonment of China’s use of Tibet for the production of nuclear weapons and dumping of nuclear waste;
5. Commencement of earnest negotiations on the future status of Tibet and of relations between the Tibetan and Chinese peoples.

ACHINESE said...

Who are the liars? The truth of Tibet


Come to China, Come to Tibet, You will find the real China, Real Tibet!

I don't know why foreign government always talk Tibet problem, but I know there have too much support have been done to Tibet by China government. I'm a normal Chinese. I don't think we are different. So much support can give any other provinces big development. By the way, all of the people in Tibet is in good life. It is a good travel place. Many Chinese like to visit it.

We note the words about Dalai Lama by Cacey, it is really sorry! So what is peace? I don't know. Maybe terrorist is your peace, USA peace.