Well, now we have it from the most official source possible: Foreign Minister Wang Yi who declared on Monday. “If the Russian side needs it, we will provide necessary assistance within our capacity“. Considering the US rhetoric and imperial mindset which proclaims that “you are either with us or against us” it is pretty clear what such a declaration really means: China is putting the US on notice that in the current economic war Russia will have the full backing of China.
Best news since the fall of Berlin and Iiberation of Manchuria.
I went all misty-eyed when I saw that.
I have been telling people left right and centre that China will definitely fully back Russia over this. They have so much in common, their economies are complementary and they have the same mortal enemy as well.
It was always inevitable.
Good. China understands very well that they will be next on the Zionist Empire’s hitlist. Time to stop sitting on their hands and help the nation with the nukes that will help them in the long run.
After all, they didn’t really think deadbeat AmeriKa would pay them BACK all that money they lent us, did they?
Zio Occupied AmeriKa
China has always been on their hitlist. From the days when they looted China’s gold reserves and sold opium to the populace to when Jacob shyff financed imperial japan’s war machine.
If you come for big brother be prepared for death by a thousand cuts.
A letter from the New Kiev:
To the saker:
you just got a high five from:
Although Western students don’t learn much about history — my sense is that Chinese students study the Opium Wars — and KNOW who is and IS NOT responsible for enslaving millions of Chinese — and who will do so again if given half a chance. Anglo-Zionists have indeed been responsible for almost every travesty against humanity. It’s literally embedded in the DNA. Tick-tock.
I am so happy to hear that!
uS, harper, cameron and eu should come to term with the REAL geopolitical change:it is Asian world, and China counts. Nevertheless, I think Russia will manage on their own and will survive well. I started studying the Russian Language two months ago, and I enjoy it very much: now I understand when President Putin says “spasibo” or xarasho. It is impossible not to respect Putin!
to the Saker:
As I mentioned in another thread, because a fracking project went seriously wrong, the Saudi’s could not stop pumping from one of their biggest fields even if they wanted to. It is either pump it or loose it, perhaps up to 5 years of extra oil.
which is why, today, the Saudi’s said that even if oil goes to 20 a barrel they will not cut production. At that price even Saudi Arabia is broke.
With Russia and Iranian production being kept up (now that China is committed to support them), the supply will not abate, the price will slide and the economic fiasco will escalate in the US mid-west as fracked oil and gas will shut down. It is important to know that these wells cannot be shut down and later re-opened without serious loss of pressure. The US mid-west will have to produce the oil at a loss, or loose it. This is the the reason that shale oil could trigger a full blown economic shock.
Of course, with Chinese production up, Libyan production down, Nigerian halted due to a strike, etc, all Russia and Iran would have to do is drop production by 2 million barrels a day and the US would get reprieve – however temporary.
Talk about bargaining power!
Should Russia do this look for an immediate change in how events play out in Ukraine, Syria and Iran.
Again, may this new partnership not forget an old friend named Maduro, who with chavez championed this resistance long before the current partnership
Like something out of a Bizarro cartoon in the paper!
bread & circuses implies lots of clowns.
“Carry on as if u were normal, comrades!”
“Each glorious new day brings us closer to…..the end.”
“Dear Leader will speak to the nation on live TV at 7 PM….AND at 9 PM……capped with a Midnight Special. Then live AM starting at 7 every 2 hours. No reruns! U don’t wanna miss it. U really don’t.”
Propaganda trucks on the prowl.
It’s getting more than just a little bit annoying by now, but three, four, five times a day, propaganda trucks go driving by with big PA speakers on the roof, informing everybody of what they should be outraged about today. But who has time for outrage when survival is on the line. I did see the local propaganda truck parked at a nearby police station a couple of days ago, and the propaganda stopped. But the trucks are back with your daily dose of propagandist thought.
The tragedy and horror of Ukraine is beyond depressing. The Empire is truly demonic.
How I wish that Yatsenyuk and Poroshenko soon fall into the hands of the Novorussia heroes.
It’s in their DNA.
EU In Total Horror As Russia Prepares New “Anti Nazi (torture) Law”……
Does anyone know anything about a report by
http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index1827.htm which seems to suggest that the European Union (EU) foreign diplomats were left in “total horror” after being alerted by their Russian counterparts to the catastrophic effects upon the NATO Alliance due to a proposed Federation Council (FC) law outlawing the sale of energy supplies to any nation that is now/or has been engaged in Nazi-like torture of prisoners of war or its own citizens.
According to this report, the Federation Council (the upper house of the parliament of the Russian Federation) began the adoption of this new “Nazi Law” under orders given by President Putin after the United States refused to heed Russia’s 14 December warning of retaliation against the imposition of additional sanctions by President Obama’s signing of a new Russian sanctions law on 18 December.
The proposed new “Nazi Law” being written by the FC, this report continues, would specifically forbid the sale of Russian natural gas, oil, oil by-products (and other such natural resources of the Federation) to any nation, or military alliance of nations, that: 1.) Has failed to support the United Nations resolution condemning attempts to glorify Nazism ideology and denial of German Nazi war crimes; Not sure if this site s reliable.
Can anyone provide some background on the causes of the instability in Tibet?
While I’m at it I would also like some info on the armament of Japan and the causes of Japan’s forays into China and Korea. FWIW there was a show on CSPAN2 about Japan’s participation as an ally in WW2 but skipped over a whole lot of material that would have embarassed the US/Allies.
I am continually surprised that those who track the stories and policies are surprised at things like this. Russia and China are joined at the hip and have been since 1995.
Chinese money rescued all of Asia during the 1997 currency crisis including Russia. Russia China Master/Blaster runs Barter Town
If the Bear is subdued the Serpent will next move to devour the Dragon!
I use the Serpent as the symbol to denote the devilish and decadent West and we already know that Russia is the Bear while China is the Dragon.
Yes. Calling the Western powers “Eagles” or “wolves” is highly unfair to those beautiful animals.
Serpent and hyenas are far more appropriate.
I thought I’d wish everyone a Happy Federal Reserve Act Day!
It’s the holyday that just keeps on giving through all these years.
OT – I first came across Linh Dinh in Common Dream. Few years back. However, Common Dream no longer posted his articles. Everyone should take note. Linh Dinh an American’ Vietnamese, strong advocate for peace and fairness. Like you he continues to struggle to support his effort and share his views.
His most recent articles in March, May and August and December 2014:
The Syrian “Regime” is Guarding the Borders of Israel?
“December 20, 2014 “ICH” – In 1948, Israel had its strange birth, and the newborn was greeted immediately by soldiers from Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Saudi Arabia as they tried to snuff out the monster in its crib. They failed spectacularly, and an ink-drawn Star of David flag was raised on the shore of the Red Sea. Screw you, Arabs!…….Outside of Israel, Jordan has the largest number of Palestinians at 3,240,000, and Jordan also hosts over 600,000 Syrian refugees and 200,000 from Iraq. When Jews and Americans raise hell, Jordan is there to absorb refugees, and for this service, Jordan receives substantial aid from the United States. Working with the CIA, Jordan operates two black sites where “detainees” can be “rendered” to be “enhancedly interrogated.”
“Kill Them…..Michael Enright, a 21-year-old college student, slashed a NYC cab driver in the face and neck because this man was Muslim….”
“Since 2009, I’ve been maintaining a blog to document the economic, political and social unraveling of the United States. Called Postcards from the End of America, it contains over 7,000 photographs and at least 200 essays. For this project, I’ve traveled across the country several times to take photographs and to talk to ordinary people…..
“I’ve been coming to Chicago forever, but always just for a day or two. The first time was when I was only a teenager and visiting an aunt in St Louis. Another time, it was to take a physical exam for now-defunct Midway Airlines. ….”
“Though this may sound like a joke, it’s certainly no joke, for I’m not a joking type: When I came to the US in 1975, the very first American song I learnt was “Old McDonald Had a Farm.”….”
Tibet: was a priest class that ruled serfs. Monks were the elites. When the Chinese took Tibet, the Dalai Lama was out, in the arms of the CIA and it has been an operation from by Langley through Dalai Lama base on the other side of the Himalayas.
Last big crackdown was run by Hu Jintao before he got promoted into the Politboro. Eventually, made President.
They have monk-inpired immolations. But the economy is 11% growth rate and the social scene is very stable. The Chinese limit the total number of tourists but that is as much a good way to protect the historic sites which are religious for the Tibetans.
Also, the place was falling apart from neglect. The famous iconic Lhasa building was crumbling and saved by Chinese architects and construction engineers. They have built airports and highways and trains to the Lhasa area and a few other spots.
Research the photos of what life in chains, kept like animals in that feudal society under the monks before the Chinese took it.
Horrifying lives like animals for most Tibetans.
The Richard Gere, Brad Pitt stuff is Hollywood propaganda. The real Tibet was a horror house.
So, there may be some very isolated incidents by those encouraged to immolate themselves, but it is not a norm.
Also, these Tibetan peoples live in Sichuan and Yunnan provinces also, so their is acculturation not just modernization going on.
Many Chinese leaders (yes members of the Party) are Buddhist. It is a very respected religion in China.
Check pre-1949 Tibet for the story on theocratic feudalism.
“Barely known to most people, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization will
become the key Eurasian organization through which the diverse national interests
of India, Pakistan, China, Russia, Iran, and Vietnam are served in a cooperative
But Vietman is not and is not a comming member of SCO.
Turkey might join though.
I don’t think Turkey will ever join.
It is a member of Nato and Turkish military is relied to USA suppliers.
Turkey can be a business partner. Nothing more, nothing less.
Thanks for your work Larchmonter445,
I have for many decades been a fan of the Chinese culture and hope that their time in the sun has returned. They surely have been given many bad deals since their encounter with The Western Empire. I have been interested in the methods by which China was to be bled.
This also made me curious as to how an isolationist culture like Japan was transformed into a expansionist empire.
FWIW, the Lama from Langley recently visited Princeton University, he was the toast of the town. I guess he’s still trying to be destructively relevant enough to maintain his lifestyle.
Ιf Russia doesn’t disconnect from economic globalization, then there will be an internal coup against Putin or Russia will have to surrender to the NWO.
But I am not sure that Putin will do anything against the neoliberal economic status quo and curtail the power of oligarchs. Because the oligarchs promoted Putin as a president and he still has many oligarch friends. These people are against the return of a more left-wing socialistic economic policy because their businesses will be re-nationalized.
Russia is at crossroads.
Russia cannot win the war unless they return to some aspects of soviet economic policy. They need to increase economic self sufficiency, to promote and protect local production, to withdraw from WTO, to increase sovereignty etc
Western countries are puppets which are being used by transnational elites as a proxy. Transantional elites control the multinational corporations and the globalization process. They dont care at all about the citizens of their respective countries . They only care about their profits and how to increase the globalization process. In order to deepen the globalization, they need strip the countries of their sovereignty and that’s why they promote free trade, currency unions (euro) and regional integration unions (EU). Countries that are member states of the EU are not sovereign any more and their economies have been integrated into neoliberal globalization by mandatory EU legislation and various treaties (like Maastricht) which enforce free flow of capital, goods, services, and labour, and promote the privatization of natural resources and public assets.
Countries that are not integrated into this NWO, are an enemy and need to be subjugated. This is the reason why we have witnessed so many regime changes either by invasion, coup, or sanctions.
That’s why the enemy is very ruthless. It’s not a war between nation states. It’s a war between a sovereign nation state (Russia) vs transnational elites. And the elites do not have any problem to sacrifice million of Europeans of the proxy states that they control in order to achieve their purposes
Anonymous said…@ 24 December, 2014 15:33
” an enemy and need to be subjugated”
To subjugate an entity needs to exist.
Posting a categorical imperative is a marker of an inexperienced, naive and generally unsuccessful strategist.
@JC (23 December, 2014 21:28):
Linh Dinh also regularly posts at counterpunch.org, and excellent alt-left website.
@ T1 …. Tibet 1/2
Larchmonter has given you the view that is promoted by the Chinese Government. To balance that I would like to add the view of the numerous Tibet-support organizations in the world (I’ve been an member in such an organization for 4 years where I was responsible for the news bulletin).
Tibet was a country with a population, language, culture and religion that was completely different from China and which during the last centuries had set itself a national priority of using meditation and Buddhism to better understand some inner forces of men. They were militarily mostly disinterested, threatened nobody and got invaded by China in 1950.
Since 1950 there was continuous repression by the Chinese because the Tibetans (and not only the monks) wanted to continue practicing their way of life. The idea that China “liberated” Tibet out of humanitarian concerns is naive (to express it politely) and doubly so for those who are familiar with the very self-centered Chinese tradition.
The repression has increased over the last years mainly because the Tibetans insist on keeping their tradition and because China has built a railway to Lhassa that brings ~3000 Han colonists/day to Tibet (the Tibetans are by now a minority in their own country)
Repression takes the following forms:
– over 90% of the monasteries in Tibet have been closed or destroyed, the remaining ones house more police than monks
– the Tibetan language is eliminated from all schools and private Tibetan schools who want to preserve it are closed.
– an increasing number of Tibetan festivals (often linked to religions or to the seasons) have been forbidden
– the Tibetan patriots who want to preserve their language, religion or culture are either shot or jailed+tortured+released as human wrecks
– torture in the jails is systematic – I’ve seen the torture rehabilitation expenses in the accounts of our pro-Tibet organisation myself and I could even quote the names of the tortures used (tiger-bench etc)
– fugitives that want to leave Tibet over the Himalayas are shot at by the Chinese forces, and if they manage to survive and reach Nepal they are forcibly repatriated to Tibet.
@ T1 …. Tibet 2/2
My personal conclusion (and that of most people who had contacts with Tibetans or Tibet-support orgs) is that the invasion of Tibet was a landgrab of huge proportions: ~40% of the PRC area at that time – this does not show on modern maps because China quietly integrated large parts of Tibet into neighbouring Chinese provinces. And China also gained very strategic water resources and large mineral resources. And the invader is trying to justify his invasion by implying that it liberated Tibetans from an unbearable serfdom (since when has this been a reason for a conquest?) – but he neglects to mention that very many Tibetans (not monks) carry a picture of their religious leader either in an amulet or on their cellphones and that on religious holidays they often pray together for them. And they burn themselves to death (mostly but not only monks – and note that this is normally not allowed in Buddhism) to protest the Chinese policies (120+ by now). Unbearable serfdom?
Which side can you believe?
The Tibet-support organisations exist in most industrial countries of the world (including even the Chinese state of Singapore). I’ve spent 4 years in this activity and I’ve met many people. I’ve been to international events. I’ve been to India and have talked to many Tibetan refugees there. I’ve been to Dharamsala (Tibetan government-in-exile). All the people I’ve met in the Tibet-support orgs were private citizens who spent their own time, money and energy to support a unique culture that they found worthwhile – no government shills among them. Many of those people have been to Tibet itself and all confirm the same repression stories. So if you really want to know you could contact a Tibet-support organisation and ask the people there personally. I’m myself following a very honest german site igfm-muenchen.de which has extensive archives but you need to read German for that – but I’m sure you can also find good US sites if you ask one of your Tibet-support orgs.
A last remark about the Dalai Lama and his CIA connections:
The Dalai Lama is the religious ruler recognized by all Tibetans – and CIA+State Department/NED like that because they can embarrass China with their support. And you may have noticed that whenever a country tries to invite the Dalai Lama the country is either put under pressure or blackmailed by China – while the only country in the world that will resist this Chinese pressure is unfortunately the Empire of Lies. So the Dalai Lama is between a rock and a hard place: either he refuses the support of the US and then he will never again be allowed to speak in any country (except India) – or he quietly accepts the only help he can get for his people. I’m not a religious man but if I were in his place I would silently nod and accept …
Voilà T1 – now it’s your decision – and season’s greetings to you.
Thank you for mentioning some of the real facts about Tibet, and also for your excellent White Paper. There are a few points that I’d like to add, if I may.
The common “China invaded Tibet” narrative, repeated so unthinkingly and without details by most in the West, sneaks in the assumption that Tibet had been an independent sovereign state before 1951. This is absolutely false. Beijing’s sovereignty over Tibet had been acknowledged for centuries by the people and the ruling-class of Tibet, right from imperial times. (The Dalai Lama was believed by many Tibetans as the incarnation of one Bodhisattva, and the emperor in Beijing the incarnation of another, and it was possible–in a religious sense–for the emperor to actually prevent a “living Buddha”, of which the Dalai Lama was very far from the only one, from reincarnating.) This sovereignty was also acknowledge by all Western powers of the time, but the current Western narrative tries to sweep this under the rug. (For instance, you won’t find any U. S. government or military map from any period that showed Tibet as anything other than a part of China.)
In 1951, the representatives of the ruling class in Tibet signed an accord of with Mao’s government in Beijing, reaffirming this sovereignty. The very first sentence of the accord states that the Tibetan people is one of many ethnic groups within China. Through the 1950’s, the Beijing government allowed the old Tibetan ruling class to continue to some extent. (Image search “Dalai Mao” and you’ll find plenty of photos of the two together from that period.) It was only until 1959, when the law on social reform in Tibet–in other words, emancipation of the serfs–was passed, did armed conflict arose, and only then did the Dalai Lama flee to India.
(A more general point to mention is that China is a diverse multi-ethnic state, just like Russia. In English usage, there is a tendency (perhaps deliberately encouraged) to conflated the words “Chinese” (zhongguo ren) and “Han”, which is the majority ethnicity within China.)
I hesitated a little to write this because Larchmonter is my hero at the moment, but I think what he says about Tibet comes from the Chinese narrative. The Tibetans I study and talk to and practice meditation with tell a different story.
A hundred years ago or more, a movement began in Tibet called Rime (pronounced “ree-may”). This was led by people whom I call realized masters of Buddhist practice. They felt that the Dharma was fragmenting and in danger of becoming lost, and worked diligently to gather all the teachings of the different lineages into unified collections of teachings. Thus the very best of a thousand years of faithful practice was gathered into strong hands.
At the same time, these very people, monks and nuns and abbots of monasteries, saw the approaching danger from China and held that it was the karma of Tibet to be in danger, because for some hundreds of years the monasteries had abused their privilege in the same way that Martin Luther saw that Catholic priests were selling indulgences for money and not delivering God’s grace. The Tibetan monks were living large and selling the people short. The Rime people said that this was the karma that brought Tibet under the Chinese boot.
My personal assumption is that when this karma is exhausted, if anything of the Tibetan people remains, perhaps the nation of Tibet may be allowed to rise again. Or perhaps the genocide and marginalization of the “sub-humans” will be complete by then and the only Tibetans around will be in the places of refuge outside Tibet.
For a thousand years one nation turned away from being a ferocious warrior nation that had always scared the shit out of China, and followed the path offered by the Buddha. In that time Tibet developed an unparalleled spiritual technology of the mind that produced many enlightened beings, and that continues to this day – largely in the West where its Diaspora sought refuge – to teach practitioners to experience for themselves the truth of the nature of reality. This is a thing that can only be experienced and not “believed” so words begin to fail when it comes to the teachings themselves. But every being has the capability to test this and discover for himself and herself.
As a Tibetan lama, second generation from one who fled Tibet in the perilous escape across the Himalayas, said recently, “Everything has two sides. Unfortunate side, we lost our country. Fortunate side, Dharma went all over the world.”
And these are the people who are mistakenly thought of as CIA assets. But everything has two sides.
I want to offer a concept with regard to China and Tibet that relates to Buddhism coming to the West. I believe this is a development on as large a scale as the partnership between Russia and China.
The great American scholar and Buddhist practitioner Robert Thurman said:
“When the eminent British historian Arnold Toynbee said in 1971 that the most important event of the 20th century was the encounter of the West with Buddhism, he did not mean merely the entrance of one more world religion onto the scene. Buddhism is more than a ‘religion’ as we currently use the term, and includes a scientific vision, a multi-faceted educational system, and a resilient ethical way of life.”
You can watch his entire lecture from a few years ago here: Buddhism as a Civilization Matrix
Robert Thurman was one of the early beneficiaries of the Tibetan diaspora that in a strange irony brought the absolute cream of Buddhist practice to the West. Buddhism, he notes, is a civilizing force. It has coexisted with the existing religions of every place it has settled, and it has civilized the institutional life of those places over time.
And now it comes to the barbarians of the West. Imagine if the US simply collapsed one day into a gradual fall of exhaustion and became poor and perhaps humble and who knows maybe even Buddhist. How the world would rejoice, in a fit of relief. Suppose that were happening? Suppose it could?
I sincerely hope that Buddhism takes hold in the West. Happy Holidays.
Not So Fast and Grieved,
I appreciate your differing points of view concerning Tibet. This is the spirit Saker encourages, as do I.
I won’t argue another round with either.
Merely, nothing I said is untrue. The facts are the facts. I have seen the photo and film record of the theocratic feudal system and the record of preservation and improvement of the Tibetan economy. It is similar to the truth of Nanking the Japanese refuse to admit to. Painful truths, just like the Tiananmen decision the Central authorities refuse to become transparent about.
Governments do bad things. I pointed out Hu Jintao led a brutal crackdown years ago.
But separatist movements are exploited by the foreign Intel agencies and bankrolled by elites who would come back as oligarchs. That’s a simple pattern to observe in nearly all cases.
Don’t we see the bloody hands of oligarchs in Donbass?
That is so in Xinjiang and Tibet. The difference in Tibet is the elites wear robes and meditate, so we are fooled when they instruct young people to set fire to themselves.
In Hong Kong, 1000 students were trained over two years to prepare the “spontaneous” umbrella revolution” and “Occupy Central, Admiralty and Mong Kok.
It’s an old game with the same game plan each time.
No argument from me with either of you. I appreciate the discourse. We can’t ever assume any one person has all the truth. I never have that feeling and try hard not to project it (though I may fail when folks have little or no information, and thus, think I speak with total knowledge on some topic).
On Tibet, for me, feudalism is the crucial fact.
Just like in Cambodia, when the Vietnamese went in to save the people from Pol Pot. The rest of the world did nothing about the genocide. The Vietnamese stopped it. Yes, they stayed, but Cambodia had been a staging area against Vietnam for many years. They were entitled to protect their flank.
I see China protecting themselves from the US in Tibet. The history of operations by OSS and CIA to this day are copious. It is an ideal electronic listening post overlooking the nuclear testing and Space program in China because of the elevation.
They aren’t in there for democracy. They are in there for American hegemonic security, and destabilization efforts.
Best wishes for a great New Year. Keep up the comments. You are always interesting.
A few additional considerations about the China/Tibet question, that have not been raised so far but are of some significance:
– It is unfortunately very true that many, perhaps most monastries in Tibet have been destroyed, ransacked or burned down. This howerer took place not out of a specific anti-Tibetan policy, but rather during the infamous Cultural Revolution, when exactly the same destructive frenzy against cultural and religious relicts was raging all around China.
– The Dalai Lama is NOT the “spiritual leader of Tibet” and even less so “the exiled leader of all Tibetan”. He rather is the temporal (not spiritual!) leader of the “Yellow Hats”, one of various (and fiercely rival) Tibetan Buddhist sects. The “Yellow Hats” managed to subdue the other sects and govern portions of Western Tibets (on behalf of China) from the 17th century until 1959. The fact that the current Dalai Lama has managed to acquire an extraordinary global recognition as a “spiritual leader” has more to do with his position as a CIA asset than with anything else.
– The Chinese, and most particulary the Han, have a very strong dislike of the particular Tibetan version of Bhuddism, because this was the official court religion of the last imperial dinasty, the Qing. These were Manchu, not Han, and treated the Han as animals (they were forced to wear pigtails just to mark this point). During this period, Tibetan monks were very much part of the power system, and the Chinese have not forgotten or forgiven that.
– Some comments above seem to equate Tibetan Buddhism with Buddhism as such, and more specifically to give a supposed Tibetan spiritual enlightement the credit for the Buddish virtues of compassion and understanding. This is, to put it mildly, rather removed from the thruth.
A few additional notes on the Tibetan question, that have not been touched upon in the discussion above but are, I would think, of some significance for a proper understanding of a very complex issue.
– It is unfortunately true that very many, perhaps most Tibetan monasteries have been ransacked, destroyed or burned down. This however took place not in the framework of any specific anti-Tibetan policy, but rather during the atrocious years of the “Cultural Revolution”, when a ferocious hate of cultural and religious relicts was raging all over China. China itself suffered far more serious damage from that crazy than Tibet.
– The Dalai Lama is most certainly NOT the “religious [or spiritual] leader of Tibet”, and even less so of “all Tibetans”. He rather is the TEMPORAL (not spiritual!) head of the “Yellow Hats”, one of several (fiercely rival) Tibetan Buddhist sects. The “Yellow Hat” managed to subdue their rivals and to govern portions of Western Tibet (on behalf of China) from the 17th Century until 1959. That the current Dalai Lama has managed to rise from his original position as a local administrator at Beijing’s sufferance to an exalted global status as an “enlightened spiritual leader” has more to do with his function as a CIA asset than with anything else.
– The Han Chinese have a deep dislike for the particular Tibetan version of Buddhism, which is rooted in historical facts. Tibetan Buddhism was the official court religion of the last imperial dynasty, the Qing. These were Manchu (Mongolian) invaders, not Chinese, and they treated the Han Chinese very much like animals (the Han were forced to wear a pigtail just to stress this point, as all animals have a tail). During that period, Tibetan monks were very much part and parcel of a foreign occupation system, and the Chinese have not forgotten of forgiven that.
– Some of the comments above seem to equate Tibetan Buddhism with Buddhism as such, and more specifically to give a supposed Tibetan enlightement the credit for the Buddhist virtues of compassion and understanding. This is, to put it mildly, rather removed from truth. Traditional Tibetan Buddhism (“Vairayana”, i.e. “The Way of the Diamond”) does incorporate practices of extreme yoga and tantric magic (including sexual magic) that most Buddhists would regard as senseless when not abhorrent.
I apologise for the double post. Perhaps the moderator could be so nice a remove one? Thanks
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