After facing failure in projecting its own appointees as Tibet’s spiritual leaders, China is now trying to influence the nomination of the next Dalai Lama and forge an acceptance of the ‘selected’ leader among Buddhist countries through diplomacy. , according to a report. Chinese efforts on constructing false narratives with a focus on highlighting the positive aspects of Chinese policies in illegally occupied Tibet and manipulating historical facts to justify its occupation of Tibet reveal its desire for “legitimacy”, according to the Tibet Rights Collective report, an advocacy and policy research group said.
The report notes China’s failure to control Tibetan spiritual institutions, citing the example of the appointment of the 11th Panchen Lama. After the death of the 10th Panchen Lama in 1989, the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso identified 6-year-old Gedhun Choeki Nyima as the 11th Panchen Lama. Subsequently, the People’s Liberation Army abducted the 6-year-old Lama and his family, whose whereabouts remain unknown to this day.
Instead, Gyaincain Norbu was recognized as the “official” 11th Panchen Lama by the Chinese government in 1995 – a decision since then decried by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and the Tibetan community. Gyaincain Norbu as the 11th Panchen Lama is not seen on posters across Tibet, with his predecessor the 10th Panchen Lama being more visible, the report said, adding that this, in turn, reflects that Tibetans have no not exactly accepted his appointment as legitimate.
China will now aggressively focus on controlling the reincarnation process of the current and 14th Dalai Lama by building up its global credibility and support around the same through its Buddhist faith and diplomacy on the frontline. foreigner, according to the report, adding, at the same time, a growing power to intensify its efforts to exercise greater control over Tibet internally. In this regard, China has employed the Buddhist Association of China (of which Gyaincain Norbu is also vice-president) to organize the World Buddhist Forum since 2006. The last known World Buddhist Forum was held in 2018 in Fujian (south- east China). ) with more than 1,000 Buddhist scholars, monks and representatives from more than 55 countries, according to the report.
Notably, since the Forum’s inception in 2006, Tibet’s most revered Buddhist, the Dalai Lama, has been barred from participating while being branded a “terrorist” and a “separatist” at Forum meetings. Similarly, China is also using its proxy Pakistan to conduct covert Buddhist and religious diplomacy, with Pakistan hosting an international conference and art festival to promote social cohesion and interfaith harmony in March this year.
China has also stepped up Buddhist outreach in Sri Lanka, which remains a major Buddhist nation and is also targeted by Beijing as part of its debt trap diplomacy, according to the report. As China builds its global coalition for its notorious plans, nations believing in a rules-based order and the ideals of freedom, democracy, liberty, equality and brotherhood should unite to form an opposing force. in Beijing, the report concludes. (ANI)
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