Dalai Lama’s Five Point Peace Plan is Not Fooling Anyone

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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?

  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.

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.

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20 responses to “Dalai Lama’s Five Point Peace Plan is Not Fooling Anyone

  1. terminator

    I think the main problem of many listeners is that they tend to be attracted by the bold title instead of reading the actual content. It actually happens a lot. I heard NPR was reporting a foreclosure criminal case, where some real estate agents persuaded people facing foreclosure to give up their home to the agents in the name of “help”. Here it is similar. Dalai Lama is using “peace plan” to sell his “evil plan”. Well, many people seem to buy his plan.

  2. Anonymous

    “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.”

    It’s occupied land like much of Palestine.

  3. terminatorii

    Yes, it is an occupied land – but occupied by the Tibetans!

    As many have pointed out (including former director of Free Tibet Compagn in London), Dalai Lama requests the Great Tibet, which includes two areas over which his government had never have actual control, and the Tibetans were minority there. I see no point to ask the majority of people to give up their own land and hand it over to the Tibetans.

    BTW we all know that America is an occupied land like much of Palestine. Free America! White people get out of America!

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  5. Anonymous

    This post fails to mention that this 5-point peace plan was presented in 1987, over 20 years ago. Since then, the Dalai Lama’s position has changed, as he realizes that sovereignty for Tibet is unattainable. He is now asking for more religious, cultural and political autonomy. I wonder if you have taken the time to inquire into why many Tibetans are unhappy under P.R.C. rule. I went to Tibet, including Tibetan areas of other provinces, and I know from talking to Tibetans that it is not only exiles who are unhappy.

  6. mitwildthing

    It is hard to make anyone happy. If you go around and ask Americans whether they are happy, you probably would get the same results.

    In fact, not many people in China is happy. Who would be happy to live in miserable conditions, earning miniscule wages, and breathing poluted air. I was not happy, otherwise, I wouldn’t come to America. I am happy here because I live in bigger house and earning 10 times as much as I would back in China.

    Now you may wonder why I am telling you my misery back home. Ain’t I supposed to say something good about China?

    Well, I am. I am saying that most Chinese are not happy including Tibetan Chinese. However, more and more Chinese are getting happier than before. The same is true for Tibetan Chinese or Han Chinese living in Tibet. The situation is improving. Not there yet. It won’t be there for at least my lifetime. I am hoping that one day, majority of Chinese including all ethnicities would be happy.

    About Dalai Lama’s revised vision for more autonomy and religious freedom, don’t be fooled. It is the same old idea in new form. Tibetan Chinese enjoyed great deal of autonomy already. They practice whatever religion they want. No one is stopping them from worshiping anyone. Besides, what is the point of restricting religious freedom? It is not harming anyone — or yet. You may already start to doubt my assertion that religion won’t harm anyone. You are right. Unrestricted religion is very dangerous. Consider all the cults or semi-cults out there, we have every reason to be cautious. Tibetan Buddism is not real Buddism. It is a cult-like religious because it has transformed from religion to political monster. Dalai Lama wants his old world order back in Tibet where he is the absolute ruler using the terror of religion. Just as you won’t let Morons to practices polygomy in Utah, we won’t let Dalai Lama to practice serfdom (or slavery) in Tibet.

  7. terminator

    When we say “someone is unhappy”, we’d better to be specific. What is the exact meaning of “someone is unhappy”? Because he cannot practice his religion belief? Because he is not satisfied with his current income? Because he is sad about the environment problem? Or because some other reasons?

    Then to his specific unhappiness, what is the cause of that? Is it due to government policies? Is it due to the economy development? Is it due to some other reasons?

    Then what might be a solution to make him happy? Will asking the Chinese government to change some of its policies solve the problem? If so, what kind of changes will solve the problem? Will the change conflicts to the interests of other people? If that happens, what shall we do?

    To criticize others is always CHEAP. But it is NOT a constructive way to solve the existing problems. Professional criticizers, just like professional protesters, are often harmful and helpless to the people who need help. It only helps these professional criticizers and protesters to earn their wages.

    Free Tibet campaigners have given the illusion that Tibet independence will solve all the problems of Tibet just in a night. To me, no matter how beautiful their picture looks like, how high their moral stand is, how I hate Chinese government, I will not buy their ideas at all. Reason? Because they neither show any faithful problems nor provide any concrete solutions. Thus, they are not helpful for the Tibetans people living in Tibet at all.

  8. realbrandon

    Just who is this Anonymous guy who obviously did read to the end of my article?

    I specifically mentioned the date of the 5-point plan in the last paragraph.

    No wonder it’s so hard to spread the truth.

  9. suqing17

    I agree with terminator–to criticize others is always CHEAP. Many revolutionists are worse than politicians, especially young people who believe they are the savior. Because the former, most of them, only knows destruction. Destroying the world is easy and needs much less wisdom and effort. Constructing the new world is much harder.
    For CCP leaders, they were revolutionists first. It took years and great cost for them to grow into construction workers. They are still immature, there still will be cost to pay in the future before their skills and the system become perfect. But comparing with another round of revolutionists and their evolution, I’d rather give the current government my benefit of doubt. Choose the path that less people will suffer, this should be the principle of people with compassion. What Dalai chose, is the path that privileged suffers less.

  10. Anonymous

    “For CCP leaders, they were revolutionists first. It took years and great cost…” yes, 80-100 million of their own people

  11. terminator

    Is this “80-100 million” figure coming out in the similar way as “1.2 million Tibetans being killed”?

  12. Anonymous

    realbrandon,

    Yes, I made a mistake. I didn’t see that you mentioned the date of the 5-point peace plan in the last paragraph. But why wait until the last paragraph to state it? I’m sure many people missed that detail, as did the patriotic Chinese woman who sent this article to me.

    Of course independence for Tibet would not solve all of Tibet’s problems, and the Dalai Lama does not even advocate independence. Neither do I. However, I think the basic reason many Tibetans are unhappy with the current situation is because they feel that their future is being decided by foreigners. Let’s put aside historical legalities for a moment. The modern nation-state system cannot apply to Tibetan history, so the historical argument is a moot point for both the Tibetan and Chinese propagandists. On the level of experience, think about if Japanese became the rulers of China. Even if they were benevolent rulers, Chinese people wouldn’t be happy with this. I think it’s entirely possible to give Tibetans more autonomy without compromising the territorial integrity of China.

    I would appreciate it greatly if this blog attempted to show both sides of the issues rather than simply become a soldier for China. Truth is not limited to one country or one flag. I get enough bias from the mainstream media. I look at blogs for an independent voice, not something I can get from CNN or Xinhua.

  13. Anonymous

    Author, your points are ridiculous. The Dalai Lama isn’t trying to “fool” anyone you cynical asshole. He is a man of compassion and wisdom, trying to from unnecessary oppression and communism. The people of Tibet obviously do not want to blend with China, and they never will. Why would a nation force itself upon another nation at this period in time? Isn’t communism supposed to be again imperialism? Fuck you Author, and Fuck the Chinese. FREE TIBET!

  14. Anonymous

    this realbrandon is such a dick… he thinks that by having an american web name he can hide the fact that he is a government worker … he has no idea how shitty his country is n how unhappy his people are … giving gifts and bribing a small majority of the tibetans isnt gonna do u much good…your politicians have sick minds… have no pity or remorse … remember the chinese guy who was rolled over by the tank… that was just outright disgusting … im happy i wasnt born in china… no right to protest cause the government thinks that they are always right… wtf… tou rists not allowed to visit parts of tibet…why … they r scared of the stories that are gonna leak out regarding the torture of the tibetans there… ive seen pics myself of the torture… electrocuting ladies private areas … i mean wth… u guys are human or what… no women at home??? no mother??? chinese government sucks n u suck realbrandon … and thats a definite fact… get a life dick…

  15. Bob Zermop

    A response on the point of Chinese settlers-

    This is not a racist policy; it is at least meant as an attempt to preserve Tibetan culture. From some of my research, it seems pretty conclusive that China has definitely been offering incentives for Han Chinese immigrants to relocate to Tibet. Why? It seems to me that the clear reason is to suppress Tibetan culture and render Tibet’s ethnic identity unstable. I do not think the Dalai Lama would advocate Chinese settlers returning to China if they hadn’t be purposefully introduced by the PRC to threaten Tibetan culture. When Tibet can be certain that its culture heritage and traditions won’t be smothered by the PRC the second it weakens its resolve to keep it alive, perhaps Chinese and other international immigrants will be welcomed in Tibet. This applies to the author’s criticisms on both points 1 and 2.

    On point 5- this plan, as mentioned in one of the comments above, was written more than 30 years ago. At this time, in 2012, the Dalai Lama has officially given up the idea of independence and now advocates for genuine autonomy.

    Peace and happiness to everyone.

  16. Hardly Foolin

    To all of you “conspiracy” theorists who question the altruistic commitment of His Holiness, read a book or two, before you start spewing your misinformation and uneducated opinions. Start with something called The Nobel Peace Prize Lecture and try to figure that out first, idiots. Google it if you’ve never been to a library.
    The Tibetan refugee community-in-exile, generously sheltered and supported by the government and people of India, has thrived for the last 60 years, building schools and monasteries, and democratic institutions that serve its people and preserves the seeds of its civilization. The hope of His Holiness is that through ahimsa, Tibet may soon see her freedom once more.
    You’ll probably have to Google ahimsa, too!
    Good luck, morons.

  17. Anonymous

    “I sure hope that his holiness has some new proposals because….”
    (last sentence of article)

    Brandon, why don’t you do some research?

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