The Western liberal media had a laugh in August when China's State Administration of Religious Affairs announced Order No. 5, a law covering "the management measures for the reincarnation of living Buddhas in Tibetan Buddhism." This "important move to institutionalize management on reincarnation" basically prohibits Buddhist monks from returning from the dead without government permission: No one outside China can influence the reincarnation process; only monasteries in China can apply for permission.
What fun. So if you want to get reincarnated in China you had better get on friendly terms with a Chinese monastery. Picture all sorts of people with fatal illnesses the world over traveling to China to get a monastery to apply for permission to reincarnate them when they die.
China uses the same strategy that American elites like to use: replace a group with a huge demographic influx of some other group.
In recent years, the Chinese have changed their strategy in Tibet: In addition to military coercion, they increasingly rely on ethnic and economic colonization. Lhasa is transforming into a Chinese version of the capitalist Wild West, with karaoke bars and Disney-like Buddhist theme parks.
In short, the media image of brutal Chinese soldiers terrorizing Buddhist monks conceals a much more effective American-style socioeconomic transformation: In a decade or two, Tibetans will be reduced to the status of the Native Americans in the United States.
This practice hasn't just been done to the Native Americans. American industries like to bring in huge waves of foreigners in order to drive down wages. This gets done today in agriculture, construction, and other industries. In the past auto companies, the meat packing industry, and other industries brought in immigrant groups to lower wages. The difference with China's elites is they want the Han Chinese majority to supplant the minorities. Whereas in the United States elites want to replace the majority with minorities.
|Share |||By Randall Parker at 2007 October 11 08:24 PM China|