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This post was edited by abramicus at 2014-2-23 22:53|
THE DALAI LAMA MIGHT BE A TROJAN HORSE
China must have been taken aback with the declaration that Tibet is a part of China and that the Dalai and his western supporters no longer seek Tibet Independence. The incredulity is evident in the barrage of criticisms against Obama for meeting the Dalai, despite the far more significant statements of both Obama and the Dalai that Tibet is a part of China and that Tibet does not seek independence from China. The fear in China's inner circles is that the Dalai would return under one guise or another, and even if he renounces Tibetan independence, they are pretty sure he would agitate for Tibet independence again, one day, when he has managed to restore his influence in Tibet amongst the younger generation of Tibetans who have never met him in person, and only heard about him from their parents and grandparents.
You see, Tibet cannot gain independence based on the manpower of the few hundred thousand exiles living in Dharamsala, or on the military power of western countries, or on the propaganda machine of the western media.
The missing element of a true revolt is a mass of energetic young people, enough to overwhelm the police manpower of the local government, and enough to surround all important government and financial offices to force a halt to all of their activities. Having seen such mob action repeatedly, one needs no special knowledge of political activism to realize that this is what the Dalai cannot yet do, but would probably wished he could do. And thus, the necessity of his return.
By becoming a force for change in Tibet, and also in China, by carrying the banner of Buddhism with an agenda, he could conceivably mobilize millions of followers in all cities, much like a Pope could conceivably do in a Christian country . . . and China is a predominantly Buddhist country. And so, China's wariness in accepting the "gift" of the Dalai agreeing that Tibet IS a part of China, is understandably supported by the "threat" that the Dalai may one day declare Tibet IS NO LONGER a part of China.
The proverb that one should "Beware the Greeks when they bring gifts" is not lost on China. If on the other hand, the Dalai were to agree to go to China alone, without his entourage of pro-independence diehards, and leave them in Dharamsala, while he uses his influence to bolster the sovereignty of China, such as by declaring Diaoyudao is a part of China and that the Spratly and Paracel Islands have always been a part of China, he might be able to re-invent himself as a prodigal son and a true patriot in the end.