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China's Secret Plot Thickens

July 30, 2008

Agam's Gecko Blog
July 28, 2008

Earlier this month, we carried the revelation of China's secret plot
to "tame" Tibet, as published by the Times of London after a
classified publication was acquired by the paper's Hong Kong bureau.
Containing transcripts of policy speeches given by Party leaders in
Tibet, this material showed that behind the facade of diplomatic
talks presented in public, a severe increase in political repression
is in the cards for Tibetans.
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An emphasis on "propaganda work" was laid out by Tibet's Communist
Party boss Zhang Qingli, who acknowledged to his Party audience that
"we are far from final victory." The chief of "propaganda work" in
Tibet, Lie Que, summed up the policy prescription like this:

"We must clean out the monasteries and strengthen the administrative
committees," he said, "After that we will absolutely control them."

Today, more information on this secret plot to purge Tibetan
monasteries is provided by the Telegraph's Richard Spencer. An
official document posted on the government's Tibet information
website (in the Tibetan language only) gives the most detailed
account to date of the CCP's planned program of repression, in
particular within Tibet's religious institutions.

The document is signed by Li Changping, chief of Kardze "Tibetan
Autonomous" Prefecture, and records the decisions reached by the
prefecture's Communist Party executive committee. The objective is to
punish monks and nuns having "attitude problems" with dismissal or
jail. Monastery abbots and other religious leaders who fail to change
their attitude, or fail to carry out orders to "re-educate" monks
will be replaced by Party appointees.

Even monks who committed "minor crimes" will be sent home for
"re-education", reads the document. More serious offenders will be
jailed until they recant, while those with "serious crime and
attitude problem" will be dismissed from their monasteries.

"Masterminds" of "splittist" activity will be subjected to the full
force of the law. If they find shelter at another monastery, its
management committee, even if appointed by the Party, "will be
considered a supporter and protector of splittists and disruptive
elements". The inclusion of this threat suggests the government may
be having difficulty controlling its own appointees in monasteries.

The most drastic action is promised against monasteries where a
substantial percentage of monks were involved in protests - a figure
ranging from ten to 30 per cent. "All religious activities at the
monastery will be halted," it says. "Movements of monks will be
closely monitored."

All monks or nuns at these monasteries will be required to
"re-register". Those who fail loyalty tests will be dismissed and
their accommodation demolished, the document warns.

Let's hear it for Hu Jintao's "harmonious society."

Spencer is intrigued with the explicit threat against the Party's
"Democratic Management Committees" within monasteries. These are
Party-appointed committees which are in place to monitor and control
the activities of the monks, and are installed in every such institution.

A number of the accounts of crackdowns and arrests in the past few
months have included members of the DMC's as targets. These are
supposed to be the loyal Party watchdogs, but evidently the Party is
losing some loyalty among them as well. I would say that the
inclusion of this threat doesn't just suggest the government is
having difficulties controlling its own appointees, it confirms it.
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