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Dalai Lama challenges China – with a referendum on reincarnation

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In calling for a vote among traditional Tibetan Buddhist communities from the Himalayas to Mongolia, the Dalai Lama is challenging the dominance of communist governance over tens of millions of people and thousands of square miles of land within China. As well as Tibet, huge numbers of his followers are found in the provinces of Sichuan, Qinghai, Gansu and Inner Mongolia.

Dalai Lama challenges China – with a referendum on reincarnation | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited

Author: Bill

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  1. The Dalai Lama has long been a thorn in the side of China’s rulers. His latest action is pushing the thorn in deeper.

    They want to assimilate Tibetans into the big society at large, and they’re not about to give up the Tibetan Plateau. They need all that open space for mineral exploitation and general expansion of their overpopulated areas. Plus, they figure it will be handy for nuclear waste disposal, according to some rumors. They could have saved themselves a lot trouble, though, by going along with the program and letting natural attrition and “China-ization” take care of the problem in its own time. And they might have salvaged a lot that was of value to the society as a whole in the process.

    They’re just so afraid that the walls will come tumbling down if they relax that old ChiCom control. And yet they have had to, to a HUGE degree, and the walls are slowly tumbling anyway. A tragedy, just like every other Communist experiment. Some have worked after a fashion (Vietnam comes to mind) but, generally, it just isn’t a viable solution to the distribution of wealth or power. As Lord Acton said…

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