According to a January release from the Xinhua News agency, China seeks to remind "all the Chinese people, including Tibetans, of the landmark democratic reform initiated 50 years ago." "Since then," according to Pang Boyong, deputy secretary of the 9th Tibet Regional People's Congress, "miUions of slaves under the feudal serfdom became masters of their own."Equally confused, Beijing blames "the [Dalai Lama]'s clique" for the protests and embarrassments in the lead up to the 2008 Olympics - despite the fact that the Dalai Lama expUcidy urged the pro-Tibetan protesters to demonstrate moderation, peace and a "middle way" More than just a diplomatic move, however, the Lama's moderate view reflects his beUef that Chinese presence in Tibet has been, on balance, positive for the material development of the region.According to Frank Holober, planner of the CIA Tibetan Task Force, the CIA "was hoping that the Dalai Lama would somehow fit into this international void and sort of be the 'Pope of the Buddhists,' if you will - in effect, broaden the anticommunist aspect of Buddhism everywhere." At the time, the Lama was not particularly receptive, although it is interesting that, in recent years, he has become the de facto "Pope of Buddhists."
HAPPY SERF LIBERATION DAY Stephen T Asma In These Times; May 2009; 33, 5; Docstoc pg. 36 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Fu
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