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The Chinese government, after the DL fled, established a series of reforms. They stripped the monasteries of their property and handed it out to the peasantry. To punish the monks for their economic crimes, they made them wear placards, much as had been done in China to landowners and other regressive elements.|
However, these were religious leaders as well as economic and political ones. Thus, this treatment backfired. While people may have been genuinely appreciative of reform, they were also shocked and horrified at affront to their religious and cultural heritage. To compound the insult, the Chinese began setting up slogans and loud-speaker broadcasts of same which demeaned TBTan leaders and, thus, culture.
There is no reason to believe that when Deng agreed to allow a fact-finding mission by representatives of the DL, he did not honestly believe that the DL would be impressed with "progress" on the plateau. There was, however, a deep mismatch of values which speaks to precisely why the sec.ession movement remains strong to this day.
Since then, there has been a program of forced modernization, fueled by Chinese workers who receive (officially and unofficially) preference in pay and hiring which have dramatically altered life on the TBTan peninsula. What is surprising is that, despite constant propaganda focused on Western abuses of China, the Chinese cannot see that they have done the same and more to the people in TBT.
[ Last edited by interesting at 2010-3-29 08:49 AM ]