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Tibet's new aristocracy worse than the old’

May 21, 2009

Tibetan Review
May 20, 2009

China may condemn the Tibetan aristocracy before
1959 as oppressive and exploitative. But the new
aristocracy they have replaced them with is even
worse, according to the finding of the Chinese
think-tank Beijing Gongmeng Consulting Co., Ltd.
established by Beijing University law professors,
and joined by several Beijing economics
professors. The finding is based on a study
undertaken by member of the think tank, visiting
Labrang after the Mar’08 protests across the
Tibetan Plateau, according to a blog posting on the Fool's Mountain web site.

The blog, posted by a person named Tony, reports:

"Their (ide, the think-tank’s) findings are
astonishing. They find that a new Tibetan
aristocracy has taken over power. This
aristocracy is even worse than the old Tibetan
aristocracy. In the old system the aristocracy
was reliant on some sort of accord and agreement
with the people, since they were dependent on the
people to pay taxes. The new aristocracy get all
their funding directly for Beijing (Central
government) due to “stability” reasons, and thus
they do not have any incentive to care about the well-being of Tibetans.

"They show how the new aristocracy cover up their
own shortcomings in governance and lack of
qualifications by pointing fingers at foreign
forces and the Dalai Lama. This new aristocracy
came to power in the cultural revolution. In
other parts of China, this type of unqualified
leadership was purged in the 80s, but in Tibet
(due to their absolute loyality to Beijing), they
were kept in power, up untill today.

"They point to specific educational policy
problems and find that the younger generation of
Tibetans who grew up in a "liberated" Tibet has
stronger Tibetan national identity than the elder generation."

The report, posted on, is in Chinese.
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