Reports that China has plans to stage a lasting and intense fight against the Dalai Lama are troubling for Buddhists here in Syracuse and internationally. The Tibet Sun has reported “Fight against Dalai Lama will be intense: Chinese official”, http://bit.ly/fwPPg0.
A leading Chinese official who heads the Tibet administration has been reported to have said that the fight against Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is meant to be “lasting, intense and complicated” and the government faced an “arduous task” of keeping secessionists away. Padma Choling, the Chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Region has said “The fight against the Dalai Lama clique is meant to be lasting, intense, complicated, and sometimes fought vehemently.” Xinhua quoted Choling as also saying in his first government report submitted to the local legislature for review on Monday “We are still facing an arduous task to fight secessionists and maintain stability in the region.”
This review has placed blame on the secessionist forces led by the 14th Dalai Lama for setting off the deadly riots in Lhasa and other Tibetan regions in March 2008 in which many people were killed. These reports claim the riots were sparked off by resentment over the increasing presence of the mainland Chinese in the developmental projects in the Himalayan region. Choling went on to comment that on the economic front the government’s goal in achieving rapid development and long-term stability in Tibet also faces challenges from lagging infrastructure construction, a development gap between urban and rural areas, and a lack of a system to ensure long-term growth of residents’ incomes.
However, Choling has claimed that the region’s economy grew by 12.2 per cent in 2010. He has also claimed that incomes for both urban residents and nomads continued to grow and efforts to control environmental hazards were strengthened while new roads and airports were built. The Xinhua report also said that the central government of China has been investing vast amounts of funding, personnel, and resources to assist Tibet’s development over the past decades. The report also said because of these efforts there has been a complete makeover of Lhasa and other cities and towns in the region, along with their improved transport links which includes the landmark Qinghai-Tibet Railway which began connecting the region by rail with the rest of the country in 2006.
This report has created deep anxieties in Buddhists here in Syracuse and elsewhere across the world who fear China is investing heavily in destroying the Dalai Lama and his devoted Tibetan following. Buddhists from around the world will have to pray hard and work hard to protect the Dalai Lama now and his historical importance for the Tibetan people into the future.
Mandel News Service: http://www.mandelnews.com