Let the red flag fly over Ti­bet monas­ter­ies: main­land of­fi­cial

The China Post - - GUIDE POST -

China’s top of­fi­cial in Ti­bet vowed on Wed­nes­day to eval­u­ate Bud­dhist monks and nuns for their “pa­tri­o­tism” and in­stall na­tional flags in monas­ter­ies to strengthen ide­o­log­i­cal con­trol in the re­gion.

The rul­ing Com­mu­nist Party will deepen “as­sess­ment ac­tiv­i­ties” to en­sure “model har­mo­nious monas­ter­ies” as well as “pa­tri­otic, law-abid­ing monks and nuns,” the re­gion’s party chief Chen Quan­guo wrote in the Peo­ple’s Daily news­pa­per.

It was not clear on what grounds the as­sess­ments would be made. China of­ten uses terms such as “pa­tri­otic” and “har­mo­nious” to mean al­le­giance to po­lit­i­cal au­thor­i­ties.

The drive would be aimed at mak­ing monks and nuns “feel the warmth and care of the party and gov­ern­ment,” Chen added.

Many Ti­betans ac­cuse the gov­ern­ment of re­li­gious re­pres­sion and erod­ing their cul­ture, claims de­nied by Bei­jing, which says it has brought devel­op­ment to the re­gion.

Large anti-gov­ern­ment protests at sev­eral monas­ter­ies in 2008 led au­thor­i­ties in Ti­betan re­gions to step-up a “pa­tri­otic ed­u­ca­tion” cam­paign aimed at monks and nuns.

Ten­sions be­tween Ti­betans and the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment con­tinue to run high, with more than 130 mem­bers of the mi­nor­ity set­ting them­selves on fire in protest since 2009.

All monas­ter­ies must be equipped with “na­tional flags, tele­phone con­nec­tions, news­pa­pers and read­ing rooms” Chen wrote, adding that roads to tie such fa­cil­i­ties more closely to other parts of Ti­bet would also be built.

Pro­pa­ganda ac­tiv­i­ties aimed at lead­ing more monks to “ed­u­cate them­selves in pa­tri­o­tism” will also be held, he said.

Chen has made hard-line com­ments be­fore, in­clud­ing a 2013 vow to en­sure that the “voice” of spir­i­tual leader the Dalai Lama would “not be seen or heard” any­where in the re­gion.

The No­bel lau­re­ate has lived in ex­ile since he fled in 1959 fol­low­ing a failed up­ris­ing against Chi­nese rule.

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