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China Fears Supporters of Tibetan Inside the Communist Party

Posted by Author on October 9, 2007

Radio Free Asia, 2007.10.09-

WASHINGTON— China is intensifying its crackdown on supporters of the Dalai Lama and Tibetan independence out of fear that Tibetan cadres will turn against the Communist Party amid a growing wave of protests and civil disobedience.

“There still exists a small number of dissident elements within our Party whose commitment to its ideals, beliefs, and political standpoint is a wavering one,” an internal memo of the Communist Party’s Commission for Discipline Inspection, leaked to RFA’s Tibetan service, said.

It accused internal dissidents of “suckling at the breast of the Chinese Communist Party, while calling the Dalai Lama mother,” implying that some Tibetans were simply using the Party while secretly following the Dalai Lama.

The memo, which experts say highlights a tougher line in Tibet since a change of leadership in the Himalayan region a year ago, reported in detail the case of Phuntsok Gyaltsen, a dissident Party member, and Lhadon “the Younger,” a schoolteacher.

According to Document No. 2, 2007, of the Commission for Discipline Inspection, Phuntsok Gyaltsen, 33, deputy head of Phurbu township and a special agent of the Palgon (in Chinese, Bange) county police department, was expelled from the Party and arrested for shouting “reactionary slogans” in public.

Lhadon “the Younger,” 31, a middle-school teacher in Khangma county, was dismissed and arrested for telling his class that the 11th Panchen Lama selected by Beijing was a fake.

Tibetans in Party targeted

“If we cannot eliminate dissidents like Phuntsok Gyaltsen and Lhadon ‘the Younger,’ it will be very dangerous. It could be a major hidden danger threatening the stability and harmony of our society,” the memo said.

The memo called on Party members to keep a “clear political head” and step up vigilance against pro-independence sentiment among Tibetan Party members.

The document, dated Sept. 4, comes after a year of escalating protests in Tibetan areas of China following the appointment of a new regional Party secretary, Zhang Qingli, in 2006.

“I think that we are seeing, since early last year under Zhang Qingli, a really different way of dealing with these kind of problems,” Robbie Barnett, who teaches contemporary Tibetan studies at Columbia University in New York, said.

Barnett said the new clampdown was “very aggressive and very much in the Party tradition, where you use a small incident, you magnify its significance…and you make this a reason to enforce Party discipline amongst your Party members.”

“This suggests that Zhang Qingli is very, very nervous about the loyalty of Tibetan Party members in Tibet.”

The document shed light on an atmosphere within the Tibetan Party of intense suspicion divided along ethnic lines, he said. “I think [the Party has] become increasingly worried that it can never know what is really in the hearts of these people,” Barnett said.

“[Since 1994, there has been] a huge increase in income for Tibetan officials working for the government and Party members—a massive increase in their personal wealth and their family conditions—but they still cannot know what these people really think and where their loyalties really lie. So this is a preoccupation for the Chinese leadership, which I would have to say is almost at a pathological level.”

According to the memo obtained by RFA, Phuntsok Gyaltsen was born in Riwoche county in Chamdo prefecture, was college-educated, and joined the Communist Party in 2002. On April 19, 2007, he shouted “Independence for Tibet!” and “Long live the Dalai Lama!”

He was subsequently expelled from the Party, dismissed from public service, and arrested.

Lhadon “the Younger” was born in Khangma county and was also college-educated. He told his class of 44 students on April 3, 2007: “The 11th Panchen Lama recognized by the central government is a fake one. The real 11th Panchen Lama was reincarnated in India. The central government Panchen Lama went to India to meet the real Panchen Lama.” He was expelled from public service June 14 and then arrested……. (more details from Radio Free Asia: China Hardens Tibet Policy Along Ethnic Lines)

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