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Setting up astroturf “Tibetan Associations” in the West is China’s latest ploy to mislead the world on Tibet

April 24, 2019

In April 2018, when Sweden charged a Tibetan residing in that country with espionage for the Chinese government, the international community became aware of a new Chinese propaganda tactic meant to influence foreign countries from within and disrupt Tibetan communities in exile.

At that time, a Tibetan from Amdo living in Europe told ICT: “No Tibetan living in Europe or America will be surprised to hear about this sad situation. Everywhere that Tibetans are settled – Brussels, Britain, Zurich or New York—it is known that the Chinese authorities are working behind the scenes, making threats, spreading suspicion, and damaging the lives of families back in Tibet related to those in exile.”

One year later, the so-called “Tibetan Association of Canada” was established in Toronto. The nature of its inaugural event, featuring the obvious involvement of pro-Chinese Communist Party organizations and a small number of Tibetans, made it clear this association is a Chinese government front group. The Tibetans present, who formed a minority of the audience at the gala despite the sizeable Tibetan community in Toronto, were all individuals publicly known to be involved with China’s United Front Work Department (UFWD), as well as Chinese consulates in New York and Canada.

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China’s new directive on controversial Shugden spirit in Tibet in bid to further discredit Dalai Lama

April 7, 2015

  • The Chinese government has issued a new directive on propitiation of a controversial Tibetan Buddhist spirit in a bid to further discredit the Dalai Lama.
  • The document, couched as protecting freedom of religion of the Tibetans under China’s Communist Party control, nonetheless uses this pretext to project the Dalai Lama as the wrongdoer. This demonstrates that the Chinese authorities are aligned with protestors in the West who propitiate Shugden and have been denigrating the Dalai Lama when he travels to the U.S. and Europe.
  • Describing the Shugden issue as “an important front in our struggle with the Dalai Clique,” the document, obtained by ICT, could be the first such set of overt official guidelines from inside Tibet.
  • The Dalai Lama has repudiated the propitiation of Shugden (also known as “Dolgyal”) for its sectarianism, among other reasons.
  • The Chinese authorities for several years have been promoting the propitiation of Shugden inside Tibet as a part of their campaign to undermine the Dalai Lama.
  • Following the official advisory, which was circulated last year but has only just reached ICT, two Tibetans in the Tibet Autonomous Region have been imprisoned – one for ten years – for allegedly discouraging propitiation of the Shugden ‘protector’ spirit in Tibet.
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The official line on Shugden: translation

Translated from the Tibetan The document, entitled “Some opinions on dealing correctly with the ‘Gyalchen Shugden’ issue”, was issued by the Communist Party Committee of the Tibet Autonomous Region on February 20, 2014. The document makes it clear that it is aimed at guiding understanding of the issue in order to convey this to the […]

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The International Campaign for Tibet’s statement on the Shugden demonstration in Washington D.C.

February 4, 2015

The International Campaign for Tibet deplores the planned demonstration in Washington D.C. by some fundamentalist Buddhists belonging to the International Shugden Community that aims at undermining the work of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The demonstrators are attempting to confuse the general public by using terms like religious freedom, human rights, etc. to define their issue. The issue is complex and people need a deeper understanding. The Dalai Lama’s website (www.dalailama.com), as also that of the Central Tibetan Administration (www.tibet.net), and the Tibet Houses (www.dalailamaprotesters.info/) cover the historical development of this controversy.

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The International Campaign for Tibet’s statement on the Shugden demonstrators

October 31, 2014

The International Campaign for Tibet is dismayed by the demonstrations by some Buddhists in the name of “International Shugden Community” aimed at undermining the work of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

While we leave it to the learned Buddhists to comment on the validity of the issue, our concern is that these Shugden demonstrators are causing great damage to the broader Tibetan issue. The people of Tibet continue to suffer under a ruthless and brutal Chinese regime. On account of this, the Tibetans in Tibet are even sacrificing their lives calling for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and freedom for Tibet.

The Chinese Government looks upon the Dalai Lama as the source of their inability to legitimize their rule in Tibet and have been attempting to sever his connection with the Tibetan people. The Shugden demonstrators are thus contributing to the fulfilment of the Chinese Communist Government’s agenda of undermining the authority of the Dalai Lama. In 1959 the Tibetans rose as one against the Chinese Government that was destroying their religion, culture and identity. That situation has not changed today.

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