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In response to China's latest white paper on Tibet...

July 23, 2011

In response to China's latest white paper on Tibet, the Department
of Information and International Relations of the Central Tibetan
Administration issued the following statement during a press
conference on 18 July, 2011, in Dharamsala.

CTA Considers China's New White Paper on Tibet Another Whitewash

The ultimate judge of China's rule or misrule in Tibet should be
the Tibetan people. Ever since the 17-Point Agreement, which was
signed under duress in 1951 in Beijing, more than 60 years ago, the
Tibetan people have made their judgment clear with their lives and
limbs. Even after 60 years of China's invasion of Tibet and more
than 50 years after Tibet came under the complete control of
Beijing in the aftermath of the repression which crushed that
year's popular uprising against Chinese rule, today large parts of
Tibet are still under martial law, all but in name. The grim
situation in Karze and Ngaba in eastern and northeastern Tibet is a
clear judgment made by the Tibetan people of China's sixty years
rule of Tibet.

Against this background, for the State Council, the Cabinet of the
Chinese Communist government, to issue another white paper on Tibet
on 11 July compels the Central Tibetan Administration to consider
this document another whitewash of an ongoing and ugly reality.
Such a white paper cannot stifle the voices of increasing number of
monks, nuns, writers and students who demand greater freedom for
Tibet and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to his people.

In fact, the latest white paper is an attempt to cover up the
darkest period experienced by the Tibetan people after China's
invasion of Tibet. Every vestige of the Tibetan identity is
annihilated and more than 1.2 million Tibetans died as a direct
result of China's rule of Tibet.
Another startling fact of the nature of China's white papers on
Tibet is their frequency. In an open, plural society, no elected
government is compelled to issue white papers so frequently. An
educated electorate and free media enable people to make their
judgment on the performance of their elected representatives during
elections. This is not so with China. In the age of the Internet,
the Chinese Communist authorities spend enormous resources to keep
the Chinese people ignorant and the media muzzled. In view of this,
no amount of cycled and recycled white papers can silence those
brave Chinese voices that demand democracy in China and Tibetan
voices that call for greater freedoms for the Tibetan people.

Another startling fact is that no other minorities in China have
been inflicted with so many white papers as the Tibetan people.

Perhaps one reason for China to waste so much ink and paper on the
Tibetans is to counter the enormous and growing sympathy the
Tibetan struggle attracts within the international community,
including amongst Chinese scholars, writers, public intellectuals
and human rights activists in and outside China. The international
community, as such, will not be fooled by China's white papers on
Tibet.

The Central Tibetan Administration take this opportunity to inform
Beijing that the day when the State Council feels that there is no
need to issue white papers on Tibet is the day when the reality in
Tibet conforms to official Chinese Communist rhetoric.

If the sentiments of the Tibetan people are respected and their
aspirations incorporated into state policy, the Tibetan people on
their own volition, with no nudging from the Chinese Communist
Party, will present their own White Paper to Beijing. For China to
deserve such a White Paper from the Tibetan people on its
performance in Tibet, Beijing must let the Tibetan people to speak
free. Stifling the voices of the Tibetan people in Tibet and using
one giant megaphone to trumpet its propaganda to the world will
fool no one. The resources and talent of official China can be
gainfully used in other fields.

Later, the Central Tibetan Administration will issue a detailed
response to the distortion of historical facts and other propaganda
on Tibet presented in China's latest white paper.

Dharamsala
July 18, 2011
Media Contacts:
Thubten Samphel, Secretary
Mobile: 98050 24973
Tenzin Phuntsok Atisha, Secretary
Mobile: 98050 22510
Lobsang Choedak, Press Officer
Mobile: 98822 32476

CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
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