Dalai Lama’s Five Point Peace Plan is often mentioned as a proof that he is peace loving man while the Chinese government is simply too evil to negotiate with him. Let’s take a closer look at his holiness’s peace plan, shall we?
- Transformation of the whole of Tibet into a zone of peace;
- Abandonment of China’s population transfer policy which threatens the very existence of the Tibetans as a people;
- Respect for the Tibetan people’s fundamental human rights and democratic freedoms;
- 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;
- Commencement of earnest negotiations on the future status of Tibet and of relations between the Tibetan and Chinese peoples.
Forgive my ignorance, do I understand it right to think that 5th proposal means his holiness’s ultimate goal is for Tibet to be fully independent in the future. Doesn’t that mean that Dalai Lama is simply using this plan as a intermediate step to achieve that? Didn’t we all see similar thing happened somewhere, oh, Kosovo? Would you ever accept this plan if you were the Chinese?
Wait, it gets better. Let’s keep reading his holiness’s explanation:
Today, in the whole of Tibet 7.5 million Chinese settlers have already been sent, outnumbering the Tibetan population of 6 million. In central and western Tibet, now referred to by the Chinese as the “Tibet Autonomous Region”, Chinese sources admit the 1.9 million Tibetans already constitute a minority of the region’s population. These numbers do not take the estimated 300,000-500,000 troops in Tibet into account – 250,000 of them in so-called Tibet Autonomous Region.
So, what kind of Tibet is his holiness talking about? There is no way the fragile environment in Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) can support 13.5 million people, not to mention 7.5 million, the majority, of them are “evil” Chinese. Let’s go back a little:
I propose that the whole of Tibet, including the eastern provinces of Kham and Amdo, be transformed into a zone of “Ahimsa”, a Hindi term used to mean a state of peace and non-violence.
Now I get it. The Tibet his holiness was talking about is a greater Tibet, some 25% of China today. What’s more confusing is that with a majority population being non-Tibetan, under the proposed democratic system, wouldn’t it mean that Tibetans are going to lose some power and influence? Unless of course his holiness is thinking about some kind of apartheid regime like that in South Africa or somewhere in the middle east.
I just simply would not accept his holiness want to do something so horrible. Let’s keep on reading:
For the Tibetans to survive as a people, it is imperative that the population transfer is stopped and Chinese settlers return to China. Otherwise, Tibetans will soon be no more than a tourist attraction and relic of a noble past.
Yeah,see, told you, his holiness thought everything through. Sounds reasonable, right? But wait, do I remember it correctly that UN Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination says:
Article 5: An end shall be put without delay to governmental and other public policies of racial segregation and especially policies of apartheid, as well as all forms of racial discrimination and separation resulting from such policies.
Are you telling me that his holiness is advocating some form of racial separation? That must be some kind of mistake. His holiness’s five point peace plan was addressed to the U.S. Congressional Human Right’s Caucus on September 21, 1987. I sure hope that his holiness has some new proposals because there is no way anybody, let alone the “evil” Chinese government, would ever accept this kind of peace proposal.