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Why has the West been so hard on China on "Tibet and Xinjiang issues"
2014/02/20

From: China Tibet Online

The West has never stopped interfering in "Tibet and Xinjiang issues" ever since the founding of the People's Republic of China despite its overall positive relations with China after China's reform and opening-up. Under special condition, such interference could even suddenly be intensified, which caused the bilateral relations to stagnate and even retrograde within a certain period of time. It has not only made trouble to China but also done no less harm to the West.

Then why has the West been unwilling or unable to give up these acts harmful to both China and itself?

The extension of imperialistic politics

Neither of the two concepts of separating China, namely the "Tibet independence" and "East Turkestan Republic", is originated from China, but imported from overseas with invasion of China by the Western imperialism.

Britain invaded China's Tibet twice in 1888 and 1904 from India, which was under their colonial rule. In the "Simla Convention" held between 1913 and 1914, Britain fabricated a "McMahon Line" and forced and lured the few local Tibetans in the upper class to recognize Britain's occupation over an area of nine square kilometers of Tibet. During the process, Britain claimed that China only had "suzerainty" over Tibet and "Tibet has the right of independence", and introduced such false concepts to the few noble Tibetans.

As to Xinjiang, Britain had wished to enclose the vast land to the south slope of the Tianshan Mountain to its own sphere of influence in order to obtain the illegal right of garrison during its fight with Russia, which was a sheer aggression to the Chinese territory and irrational interference into China's internal affairs.

In fact, Britain had already provided funding and firearms to Mohammad Yakub Beg's invasion to Xinjiang in the 19th century, and signed a treaty with him to carve up Xinjiang since Britain gained the prerogative to establish consulate, send consuls and conduct business in Kashgar. In 1933, the separatist forces in Xinjiang for the first time openly established the regime of the "East Turkestan Republic" with the participation of the British embassy in Kashgar, calling for"all ethnic groups speaking Turki and believing in Islamism should join hands to set up one nation". To this end, Britain also provided a big amount of funds, firearms and troops. Since then "Pan-Islamism" and "Pan-Turkism", the two notions originated from Central Asia, combined with "East Turkestan Republic" had spread in Xinjiang and started to harm the people of all ethnic groups.

After the founding of the People's Republic of China, the "Tibet issue" and "Xinjiang issue" have become important tools which western countries used to contain and split China. The United States first instigated the upper class of Tibet to refuse to negotiate with the Chinese government, transported weapons and ammunitions, set up military broadcasting station in attempt to stop the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to enter Tibet with force. Then the CIA had trained a large number of armed agents for"Tibet independence" in the U.S. since 1954 and sent them back to the Tibetan areas to incite rebellions and launch "secret wars" against China. After the failed armed rebellion by the Dalai clique, the CIA led the remaining forces of the Dalai Lama's regime to be exiled in India and claimed "Tibet independence" in public, and had supported the so called government-in-exile to harass Tibet for a long time. Since then, the U.S. has been the biggest political backstage supporter and lender of the Dalai clique, while the clique has served as the hatchet man to disturb Tibet and the "wedge" to split China for the U.S.

After the Second World War, the U.S. began to shift its focus to Xinjiang. The U.S. established a consulate for spying activities in China and drawing support of the upper class in Xinjiang with the tendency of opposing the Chinese Communist Party. Not long before Xinjiang was liberated, the American consulate called on all the anti-Communist forces to formulate an action plan of "independent statehood", and support the Osman bandit gang to fight against the PLA.

After the "Sept.11 Incident", the U.S. entered the Central Asia in the name of anti-terrorism and made public its support for separatists in Xinjiang.

The "Xinjiang Project" completed by a group of scholars from the Johns Hopkins University of in 2003, denied the fact that Xinjiang has been an inalienable part of China since ancient times. The project also attacked the policies of the Chinese central government which had benefited people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang, incited ethnic tension in Xinjiang, and even cheered for the splittist and violent terrorist activities. Though the U.S. has seen the closely connection among "East Turkistan Islamic", Al-Qaeda and Taliban, which also threatens its own security, the country still consider East Turkistan Islamic as an available power that could interfere in China's internal affairs and put pressure constantly to the Chinese government.

The U.S. had supported the "Eastern Turkistan" terrorist organization to oppose the Chinese government and destabilize Xinjiang although it is fully aware of the relationship between the "Eastern Turkistan" and Taliban as well as its threat to its own national security.

It slandered that the anti-terrorist measures for safeguarding security in Xinjiang taken by the Chinese government as "suppressing the Uyghurs' political rights" and "suppressing religious freedom". With the support of western countries, many "Eastern Turkistan Islamic" organizations were merged and set up the "World Uyghur Congress" in Munich of Germany in 2004. with branch congresses and media centers mainly located in western countries.

In 2006, the United States arranged Rebiya kadeer, who was released on medical parole to settle down in the U.S. and served as the Chairman of the World Uighur Congress (WUC) to take charge of the integration of the "East Turkistan Islamic" forces.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) supported by U.S. Congress and CIA has provided annual funding or individual donations to the "East Turkistan Islamic" over the years.

Japan, which has not yet acknowledged its wrongdoing of aggression to China during the Second World War suddenly, recalled "human rights".

It not only allowed the Dalai Lama to transit, but also and conducted activities in Japan for many times, but also arranged him to deliver addresses against China and pro-Japan's militarism in the parliamentarians' guilds. Japan also set up the so-called "Parliamentarians League for Tibet independence".

In 2012, Japan helped the WUC hold the fourth congress in Tokyo and arranged Rebiya Kadeer and her group to visit the Yasukuni Shrine while the Japanese right-wing forces were yelling that "Japan will also fight for Uygiur people".

By retrospecting as above, I am not condemning any country for its history, but wanting to show a basic fact that China has never been meddling in any western country' internal affairs or harming any country, but vice versa. It is weird that the assaulters are so assertive without any sense of shame. It could only be explained as that in some people's eyes, such infringement is a kind of political tradition in some countries. It is a kind of granted privilege originated from their Christian faith with no need to concern the benefits and feelings of the victims.

The difference between history and reality only lies in that the West used forces directly in the past while at present time rely on their international discourse hegemony first and dress up their private interests into "universal values".

It seems that all "truth" will "roll" into their pockets as long as they hold up the banner of "human rights". In this sense, even their massive aerial bombardment and targeted killing by UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) toward some countries they dislike have also been described as necessary for the "human rights course".

"Once China realizes democratization, anything is possible, including 'Tibet independence'," said an American judiciary in 2008 in his article "Peaceful battle in Tibet", which expressed their "democratic" objective straightforwardly.

It is hard for China and western countries to establish the fundamental mutual trust relationship as long as the imperialist hegemony mentality still exists. Therefore, China should neither relax its vigilance nor stop necessary struggles to safeguard its dignity and sovereignty.

The US's "pragmatism" consideration on Dalai Lama

The American foreign policy is based on "pragmatism"for its own interests and ideology, so is the so-called "Tibet issue" and "Xinjiang issue".

In the 1970s, the US needed to concentrate on the "Cold War" toward the former Soviet Union, extricate itself from the Vietnam War. Under this circumstance, China's attitude was very important, while the Dalai Lama was given the cold shoulder for not being very useful and even affects the improvement of the China-US relations. At this moment, its consideration of interests got the upper hand.

After former US President Nixon's visit to China in 1972, the US significantly cut down on the economic and military support to the Dalai clique. After ceasing the aerial delivery by the CIA for the major armed forces of the clique occupied in Mustang area of Nepal in 1965, it allowed the Nepalese military forces to annihilate it in 1974.

Desolated by the international community, the Dalai clique had to change its banner from "Tibet independence" to "the Middle Way approach", and stepped onto the path of "indirectly Tibetan separatism"under the cloak of "Greater Tibet and High-degree Autonomy" .

The Dalai Lama is fully aware of the practice of the U.S. and repeatedly complained in his Autobiography that "the aim that the US got involved in the "Tibet issue" is not to help Tibet, but to meet its need to fight against the former Soviet Union during the Cold War".

After the series of riots erupted in China including the large-scale unrest in Lhasa, capital city of Tibet in March 5, 1989 and the "June 4th Incident" in Beijing followed by the collapse of the former Soviet Union as well as the tremendous changes in East Europe, the U.S. felt quite strong about it and at that moment resumed its support for the Dalai Lama for its role in disturbing and containing China.

Hence the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Oct.10, 1989 as one of the punishment on China by the western world. The American president met with the Dalai Lama for the first time in 1991, creating an abominable precedent for the western political leaders to meet with him. Only from then on did the western general public begin to know the very existence of the Dalai Lama, whose fame rose overnight.

Being encouraged, the Dalai Lama furiously alleged that "Tibet will become an independent state within three years", and he "rejects to negotiate with the collapsing Chinese regime". But unfortunately, such wish was disillusioned right after it took shape to both the US and the Dalai Lama .

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