THOUGHTS ON STRATEGIES OF CURRENT TIBET RESTORATION STATE MOVEMENT
(Speech at the 4th International Rangzen Conference)
By Hong Bing YUAN
Within the framework of the Constitution of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), there is no freedom but slavery
Currently, the CCP’s princelings are comprehensively dominating the power in China. In the political spectrum of the CCP, the princelings are a political group and a political hierarchy with the most anti-humanity attributes. Chinese history will thus return to the darkest period in thousands of years’ history of mankind. Those people who struggle for Tibet’s freedom will thus suffer unprecedented and horrific persecution.
However, when things get worse, they turn out for better. So far as I can judge, all social conditions for the eruption of a national revolt like the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, or the eruption of a national uprising like the people of former-Soviet Union have ripened in China now. What is lacking is a historical chance to ignite the fuse of the national revolt and people’s uprising. Mainland East Asia is facing enormous turbulent times.
Let me repeat myself, Mainland East Asia is facing unprecedented turbulent times. All people who want to control their own destiny, all ethnic groups who want to control their own futures should be ready for it. For historical opportunity only belongs to those who prepare themselves.
In view of these thoughts, I suggest following strategic and tactical proposals for Tibet’s Restoration Movement.
First of all, the Tibet Restoration Movement needs to send definite message to the world i.e. What political path will you pursue.
Willpower is the origin of human history. Without willpower, there is no history. With no will to restoring Tibetan freedom, there could be no future for Tibet. Thus, how to build the willpower of restoring Tibet has to be the strongest voice of the Tibet Freedom Movement? This is the question everybody must think about seriously.
I regret to say that nowadays one point of view has become a “political cancer” of the Tibet freedom movement. This point of view is to seek the so-called Genuine Autonomy within the framework of the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China.
I have to clearly tell my friends that I know that within the framework of the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China, there is no freedom but slavery. This is not a theoretical conclusion. This is the fact that Tibetan people have learned with their blood and tears for over sixty years.
I repeat myself that within the framework of the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China, there is no freedom but slavery; there is no democracy but autocracy. Within the framework of the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China, it is totally impossible to find the so-called Genuine Autonomy for the Tibetans.
Devolving political authority and responsibility, His Holiness Dalai Lama echoed the magnificent spirit of Buddha
Once more, I’d like to take this opportunity to express my respect to His Holiness Dalai Lama. The respect wells up from the depths of my heart. I once wrote a book titled Leading to the Summit of the Sky Crossing Himalayas. One of the subjects of the book is that His Holiness the Dalai Lama led one hundred thousand Tibetans across the snow-capped mountains which even eagles cannot fly over and opened up the prospect of Tibet’s freedom movement. The book proves my respect to His Holiness the Dalai Lama is sincere.
When the His Holiness the Dalai Lama devolved his political authority in 2011, His Holiness echoed the magnificent spirit of the Buddha. What’s the spirit of Buddha? I think giving up the crown, leaving the throne, walking towards the wilderness, towards the truth of the Buddha, the truth of awakening. This is the magnificent spirit of Buddha. His Holiness the Dalai Lama represented the magnificent spirit of the Buddha again at a time when the contemporary human hearts decay in materialism.
The reason I said these is to remind politicians that the moment His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave up his political authority, all politicians need to take responsibilities for their political stance. They must not find any further excuse to push responsibilities onto His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
When I heard those politicians keep telling the Tibetan people – who suffered in misery – that a genuine autonomy can be found within the framework of CCP’s Constitution, I could not help myself asking them: ‘Why do you cheat your fellow countrymen? Didn’t the Tibetan people bleed enough? Don’t you know that you are lying?’
Restoring of the state of Tibet is the only way Tibet can be free
I believe Restoring Tibet’s independence is the only way Tibet can be free. Do you want to be a freeman? Seize the sovereignty which belongs to Tibet back from the tyranny of the CCP. Only with sovereignty can people be free.
The first strategic proposal I bring forward to Tibet Restoration Movement is for you to send definite message to the world that Tibet Restoration State is the strongest voice of your freedom movement.
The second strategic proposal I wish to make to this Conference is to form a coordination of the resistance movements in regions where Tibetans live.
The third strategic proposal is the need to form a united front with the people from Taiwan, Hong Kong, East Turkestan and Mongolia who fight for their freedom.
For the second and third proposal, I have specific thoughts and plans. Due to the limitation of time, I won’t go into details today.
Preserving the cultural vein of Tibet is the real value of the Tibet Restoration Movement
The fourth proposal I make to this conference is to advance the cultural renaissance movement of Tibet while carrying out the political movement. I believe human beings essentially live a spiritual existence. Only through preserving of Tibetan culture the political restoration movement has a real value.
Please think about it, why the Jews could restore Israel after they lost it for thousands of years? The primary reason is the soul of Israel did not vanish; the spirit of its culture did not die even though Israel was conquered thousands years ago. So there was a possibility for the country to be restored.
The tyranny of the CCP carries out policies of cultural genocide on Mainland East Asia. It exterminated the culture of Han, the culture of Mongolia, and it is trying to exterminate the culture of Tibet. The sacred and beautiful charisma of Tibetan culture is facing unprecedented crisis.
Let us save the spirit of Tibetan culture through promoting a Tibet cultural renaissance movement. This is the mission of all people who truly understand freedom. If the spirit of Tibetan culture can’t be saved, the Tibet Restoration Movement may not succeed.
To express my sincere support to the Tibet cultural renaissance movement, I present four literature and philosophical work of mine to the Tibetan people as gifts.
The last proposal, the tactical proposal or a proposal on strategic thinking I want to make is for us to inject more energy which can move the world, touch the heart of whole human kind to Tibetan Restoration Movement.
Since 2009, there have been over 150 Tibetan men and women who expressed their love of freedom through burning their own lives in golden flames in such a noble and divine way. Didn’t the Tibetans do enough? Why didn’t these move this unsympathetic world? No, we shouldn’t blame the world for being unsympathetic we should blame ourselves who are alive who did not do enough. We did not turn the noble spirit of those Tibetans who sacrificed their lives for freedom through setting their lives to flames to various cultural forms so that the world can understand. No novels, no literature, no philosophical work, no poems and no songs. What have we dedicated to the heroes who self-immolated? What we have done is far from enough. We did not move the world. I wish, starting from today, we do everything we can in the name of over 150 Tibetans who self-immolated to touch the world.
I once made a speech on Tibetan’s self-immolation in a rally to support Tibet and Tibetans in 2013. I would like to use it to conclude today’s remarks.
Burning Tibet is Interrogating the Conscience of Mankind
By Hong Bing Yuan
Tibet is burning. Up to today, there have been about one hundred and ten Tibetan people who set themselves on fire. Combined with the agony of being burnt alive, they devoted their lives to freedom to be remembered in history.
Tibetan people’s self-immolation is a movement of freedom protesting against the cultural genocide policy of the Chinese Communist tyranny. In the past several thousands of years of human civilisation, there have not been any ethnic groups yet express their love for freedom and their denial to the tyranny of dictatorship in such a passionate and noble way, like the Tibetan people. Every self-immolated Tibetan is like a piece of a heroic epic, a song of freedom, a saint and a proud free man.
The self-immolated Tibetan people cherished life the most, just others; they cherished life in the way of letting their lives sublimate to a brilliant significance. Comparing with the mediocrities who are content with being the spiritual slaves of tyranny all their lives and letting themselves decay to death in material desire, the Tibetan people self-immolated to cherish their lives in the way of true free men —- they did not allow their lives to be insulted by the iron grip of power and suppression. The way they cherished lives once again demonstrated their oath which will endure for all ages: Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death.
The burning Tibet is interrogating the conscience of mankind: facing the economic temptation, interests and bribes from the Chinese Communist tyranny, whether if international society still has the moral courage to adhere to the values of freedom. The Chinese Communist tyranny is the root cause of all sufferings and spiritual sorrows of Tibet. The ideology of freedom of the whole world will suffer heavy losses and setbacks if the international society dares not to give clear and solid support to the Tibetans’ self-immolation movement protest against the Chinese Communist tyranny.
In the nineteen fifties, Tibetan people signed the Peace Agreement with the Chinese Communist Party, thus gave the right of deciding the political fate of Tibetans to the communist tyranny; they tried to buy some space for a peaceful and settled life. However, what Tibetan people bought was political slavery and economic deprivation; there were about 1.2 million of Tibetan people died in military slaughter, political persecution and torturing in forced labour camps. Until today, the Tibetan people still have no choice but to struggle for the rights of freedom in such a sorrowful way of self-immolation.
Giving sovereignty and their national dignity to the Communist tyranny, they received nothing but the humiliating disgrace to their national personality and slavery; within the framework of the constitution of the People’s Republic of China, there is no freedom, only slavery. The tyranny of Chinese Communist Party suppressed Tibet for over sixty years; the countless anti-humanity crimes the Chinese Communist Party committed in Tibet, is the whole reason for Tibetan people to restore Tibet to its original state. Their tragic historical lessons taught the Tibetan people that losing their own lands means losing everything.
Here, I call upon on all people who regard freedom as the common cause of whole mankind to support Free Tibet Movement firmly; to support Tibetan’s self-immolation protests firmly.
I strongly believe that those unforgivable anti-humanity crimes the Chinese Communist tyranny committed in East Asia will be brought to justice. When the coming of justice is here at last, history will remember those self-immolated Tibetan people with the highest honours — they are heroes who ignited their lives with burning flames for freedom.
I wrote some lyrics for a song to those Tibetan people who set themselves in fire the other day. The name of the song is “Song of Sacred Fire of Self-Immolations”. Now, please allow me to recite these lyrics for you, to conclude my speech.
Song of Sacred Fire of Self-Immolations
Burning with the wind, dancing to roaring flames;
Ignite a golden light to Buddha, on the peak of snow-capped mountains;
Ignite a sacred fire of freedom, on the highest summit in heaven;
Let the fire burn, it’s the start of death;
From flame to dust, it’s the return of heart and soul.
In the fire contains the glories of their ancestors,
In the fire contains pride of free men;
Smiling in the golden flames, are iron-willed men of the snowy lands,
Those singing loudly in the fiery flames, are the beauties of the highlands.
The Sun cries, Yarlung Tsangpo River is his/her endless tears;
The sky cries, rainstorm is his/her blanketing sadness;
Oh — I cry, my burning heart turns into a requiem.
Speech at rally to support the Tibetans’ Self-immolation Movement protest against the Chinese Communist tyranny in Canberra on 18th March 2013.
23 August 2017, Paris