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Senior Tibetan Communist criticizes government on ethnic policies

January 24, 2010

By Kalsang Rinchen
January 20, 2010

Dharamsala, January 20 -- A prominent Tibetan
Communist has criticized the Chinese government’s
ethnic and religious affairs policies, according
to, a US based website. Yangling
Dorjee, a senior Tibetan Communist from Derge
County of Ganzi (Tibetan: Karzde) Prefecture,
gave his personal perspectives on China’s Policy
on Ethnic and Religious Affairs” vis-à-vis the
events of 1979, 1989 and 2009 in the Tibetan areas of Sichuan”.

Yang was speaking at the 6th Seminar on Tibet in
Chengdu on Dec 19, 2009, organized by Sichuan
Tibetology Research Society, of which Yang is the
Chairman. Yang who had personally worked in
organizing the seminar had invited 120 Tibetan
scholars from Sichuan, TAR, Qinghai and Yunnan Provinces.

Yang joined the Communist Party in 1949. He had
previously held various important posts in the
government including the Vice Governor of the
TAR, Chairman of the TAR CPPCC(Chinese People's
Political Consultative Conference), Vice Governor
of Sichuan Province and Vice Chairman of Sichuan Provincial CPPCC.

Yang said that in 1979 he questioned the policies
of Chinese government as the "Cultural Revolution
had done irreparable damage to us (Tibetans),”
according to an English translation by
of a report in Chinese language by a website called

"In 1989, the Central Government wrongly accused
the Tibetans in Sichuan of rising in rebellion,"
said Yang. Yang said he later researched in
Tibetan areas of Sichuan only to find that there
had been no signs of any rebellions. “It was
simply a fake story made by some local officials
in order to serve their own interests, but it greatly harmed the Tibetans.”

Yang said the Chinese government’s attempts now
to separate religion from education, politics and
healthcare "is a serious mistake." He said that
religion is itself a kind of education and
without the monasteries and temples “there can be
no education" and that the monasteries are educational and cultural centers.

He said that the sense of belongingness to one
China should be encouraged rather than weakening ethnic identities.

He also said the Central government should treat
the Tibetans equally as Han Chinese in allocation of investment.

A Tibetan scholar who works for the Sichuan
Provincial Department of Finance said that the
government should not interfere in religion or
appointment of Lamas Why would people believe in
reincarnate lamas appointed by a government that
itself says 'religion is opium and reincarnate lamas are fake', he questioned .

Tsering Dorje, a Tibetan scholar from Derge
County said, "Rebiya Kadeer has become a leader
of Muslims due to China’s propaganda after the
‘July 5’ Incident in Xinjiang and we should learn
a lesson from it. I have been working for the
government since 1964 and I feel the government
is now repeating what it did during the ‘Cultural
Revolution’. We can’t talk about politics without
religion; we can’t talk about Communism without
the masses. I hope the government won’t just
blame the Dalai Lama when ethnic and religious
problems occur. Issues should be dealt within the place where they occur."
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