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FREE TIBET: An Open Letter To Hu Jintao


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Here’s the deal: We have it on good authority that just one or two more signatures (one million so far!) on this petition will totally push this thing over, China will free Tibet and everyone will live happily ever after! But, no pressure. It’s up to you.

tibet2.jpg After decades of repression, Tibetans are crying out to the world for change. China’s leaders are right now making a crucial choice between escalating brutality or dialogue that could determine the future of Tibet, and China. We can affect this historic choice — China does care about its international reputation. But it will take an avalanche of global people power to get the government’s attention. The Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has called for restraint and dialogue: he needs the world’s people to support him. Sign the petition–and spread the word.

Petition to Chinese President Hu Jintao:

As citizens around the world, we call on you to show restraint and respect for human rights in your response to the protests in Tibet, and to address the concerns of all Tibetans by opening meaningful dialogue with the Dalai Lama. Only dialogue and reform will bring lasting stability. China’s brightest future, and its most positive relationship with the world, lies in harmonious development, dialogue and respect.

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Defying a Chinese government directive not to gather in groups, monks at Tongren in Qinghai Province burned incense on Sunday to protest a crackdown against demonstrations in Tibet.

tibet-claims.jpg WIKIPEDIA: Tibet is a plateau region in Central Asia and the home to the indigenous Tibetan people. With an average elevation of 4,900 metres (16,000 ft), it is the highest region on Earth and is commonly referred to as the “Roof of the World.” The People’s Republic of China (PRC) claims Tibet as a part of China (with a small part, depending on definitions, controlled by India). In the Tibetan sovereignty debate, the government of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of Tibet in Exile disagree over when, or if, Tibet became a part of China, and whether this incorporation into China is legitimate according to international law. Although Tibet proclaimed its independence from China in 1911, no country has ever recognized it as a sovereign nation. “Indeed, at no time did any western power come out in favor of its independence or grant it diplomatic recognition.”[1]

In 1751, the Manchurian (Qing) government, which ruled China from 1644 to 1912, established the Dalai Lama asmiss_tibet_2004_tysized.jpg both the spiritual leader and political leader of Tibet who lead a government (Kashag) with four Kalöns in it.[4] Between the 17th century and 1959, the Dalai Lama and his regents were the predominant political power administering religious and administrative authority[3] over large parts of Tibet from the traditional capital Lhasa. In the battle for supremacy in central Asia between Victorian Britain and Tsarist Russia, a British force under soldier Francis Younghusband eventually invaded Tibet, cut down its warriors with the Maxim gun and occupied Lhasa in 1904. [5] [6] The invasion led to a peace treaty between Britain and Tibet, a document that some Tibetan historians see as recognition of their remote mountain home as an independent entity. Imperial China was outraged by the invasion but could do nothing to stop it and waged a diplomatic battle to protect its own claims over Tibet.[6]

potala_palace_tibet_province_china.jpgIn 1949-1950, soon after the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, Chairman Mao Zedong ordered the ‘liberation’ of Tibet by the People’s Liberation Army. Many Tibetan nobles and working people co-operated with the PRC government.[6] However clashes broke out over land reform and the Buddhist religion. In 1959, the Dalai Lama fled to India. The CIA funded a secret guerrilla war until President Richard Nixon decided to reconcile with Mao in 1969. Famines, followed by Chinese violence during the cultural revolution, intensified resistance to no avail.[6] The Dalai Lama himself has long since abandoned calls for independence and now seeks genuine autonomy and respect for Tibetan’s human rights. [6] [7] The move was seen to be unpopular with the Tibetan government in exile.[7] MORE


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9 Responses to “FREE TIBET: An Open Letter To Hu Jintao”

  1. Sceptic Says:

    Pelosi has no clue. A peaceful protest is one thing, burning buildings and cars is another. Even the U.S. arrests protesters and shoots rioters. Britain did not give up Northern Ireland just because the IRA fought for it, and both the U.S. and Britain are democracies. So, don’t expect China to give up Tibet by violence. China has been increasingly open and well on its way to democracy. Tibetans just have to ruin the progress.

  2. Says:

    Very well said, Sceptic!

  3. Sivadas Madhavan Says:

    Regardless of what the Chinese dictators claim, Tibetans are not Chinese. China is occupying Tibet as an invador. China must leave Tobet and let Tibet be free. No matter how many Tibeten stooges they have to give them legitimacy, the vast majority of Tibatans want the Chinese out. His Holiness the Dalai Lama says he demands only self determination for his people, not freedom. I respectfully disagree with His Holiness. China must leave Tibet. Whatever the people have to do to get the Chinese to leave is what they have to do. If it means disrupting the Olympics, then so be it. I fully support the Tibetans.

  4. Yen Choweng Says:

    Sivadas, Tibet is a part of China it has been a part of China since the 1600’s. You can not deny the truth of that history, just because you have a vested interest in rewriting the truth. Whatever the reasons for your beliefs (which might even be genuine ignorance) it is wrong and I feel that it is important to correct you on that. Chinese is not a single ethnicity, there are 56-ethnic groups within China. That is the mistake that is commonly made in the west. The rioting hooligans burned 10-people to alive, cut off people’s ears, assaulted hundreds and the victims were not all Han Chinese, the the victims were also ethnic Hui and YES! ethnic Tibetans too. How do you justify that!?

    What you are arguing for is a theocracy that is established purely on ethnocentric and religious lines. This maybe a okay solution for India and Pakistan. But it is not okay with China. We want to a stable, pluralistic SECULAR republic and eventual move to a pluralistic SECULAR democracy.

    You want to create a ethnically cleansed nation state where everyone believes in the same things that you do. And if they don’t you are going to burn their properties, beat them senseless and kill them? Are you listening to yourself? Do you call this freedom? I call what you are promoting Ethnic Cleansing. Last time we saw that. It was in Rwanda and Yugoslavia. And trace a few more decades back there was another person that promoted ideas like this. His name was Hitler.

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  6. Lee Says:

    The more the hypocritical West pressures, the more China will resist.

    I wonder why there is no indignation with Israel when they kill hundreds of Palestians including women and children for every Israeli killed or the million deaths in Iraq because of American Invasion.

    Let China solve her own problems her own way. Getting pressure and insults from hypocrital Westerners is only going to slow China democracy. There will be no winners here, only whiners.

  7. Lin Zhang Says:

    I believe India is occupying part of Tibet, which is called Southern Tibet by Chinese. Why don’t Tibet overseas ask the India govement to return that piece of land to Tibet. India is a democracy country. After India returned the Southern Tibet back, Da Lai Lama can use that to talk to China by combining S Tibet and the whole Tibet together. Please try with Inida first and see what happens.

    China has been working very hard to ask Inida to return S Tibet back to China. May be oversea Tibetans can help by asking India to return S. Tibet back to China or to Da Lai Lama. This is just a thought of mine. Thanks.

  8. ADRIAN Says:

    I believe that there has been much indignation for the way palastinians have and are being currently treated by isreal.

    Its a disgrace. But I We are not talking about that here, we are talking about a country that appears to want respect from the western world but without any care and attention for what it is doing to tibetan people or for that matter, china’s own people.

    Bulldozing innocent chinese peoples houses down to “Play the olympics” is as much a disgrace as the isrealie or hamas anger that is being dispenced freely between each other.

    To repond to your flagrant comment of peoples views being “insulting and hypocritical”.

    Failing to act and ignoring saddam is what led to thousands of kurdish CHILDREN and adults being slaughtered where they stood with chemicals. Those people no longer have a voice as it was taken away by a ruthless individual with NO care for people and their simple right to excist.

    failing to act or failing to voice is what led to Nelson Mandela being imprisoned for just being black and just wanting his own voice.

    I for one will do my “little” bit to voice support for people in distress and people being forced to obey a supposed Moral ruler. I dont feel it right to push it under the carpet and just ignore this. Im sure your idea to ignore and pretend its not happening is ok for you.

    with love


  9. Veracity Says:

    Yes indeed, the power of constant inculcation on feeble minds is a very powerful tool totalitarian regimes exploit to the full.
    In the case of China the indoctrination starts at the earliest opportunity possible, in infant school, as soon as some consciousness arises, and never ceases for their entire lives.

    This cements all the beliefs, doctrines and lies the regime wants its citizenry to behold, and leaves absolutely no room for any lateral, independent or coherent thought on the part of the so manipulated mind.

    All the dogmas and doctrines become a meme, and once such as gotten hold of a mind, reason and judgement is impossible.
    It is even so insidious that the bearer is afraid to look beyond the comfort zone of the established ‘knowledge base’, which has formed part of their ‘thinking’ for their entire lifetime.

    Trying to reason with a victim of such programming is a futile endeavour, as it is beyond their capacity to discern fact from fiction, truth from propaganda lies, good from evil, or civil conduct from self-righteous arrogance.
    So we might spare our energies and good intent and refrain from any attempt to enlighten our Chinese patriotic soldiers what the true history of Tibet really is.
    Suffice to say that all eminent scholars and legal experts have long since established that Tibet was and still is entitled to unfettered sovereignty and independent nationhood.
    Tibet was, and is an illegally occupied country!
    Only the CCP has the audacity to thumb its nose at all the laws and conventions they are signatories, and subject to.

    Now here is a letter for this Hu Jintao someone would like to deliver. Maybe someone kind enough could translate it beforehand:

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