The seventh Tibet Work Forum held in Beijing from 28 to 29 August 2020 and presided over by China’s top leader Xi Jinping indicated the Chinese leadership’s decision to continue its policy of absolute control and assimilation in Tibet.
Chinese policy and leadership
The top Chinese Communist Party official in the Tibet Autonomous Region has asked party officials to win the “tough battle against separatism” and “profoundly expose and criticize the reactionary nature” of the Dalai Lama and his supporters.
The highest-ranking Chinese official to visit the Tibet Autonomous Region this year brought with him a familiar message of controlling Tibetans’ religion and culture, while implying that more repression could be on the way.
The International Campaign for Tibet expresses solidarity with the people of Hong Kong after the Chinese government imposed a new national security law on them.
As tensions between India and China flare up, the International Campaign for Tibet has noted China’s increased military drills in Tibet, which are leading to the further militarization of a country that once served as a peaceful buffer between India and China.
Recently published police recruitment announcements in Tibet illustrate how China’s hiring practices discriminate against Tibetans, including by barring individuals for participating in “separatist activities” and those whose family members have “exited the country illegally.”
This year’s two delayed and shortened political meetings of the Chinese government in Beijing saw a renewed focus on an “anti-separatism campaign” and “stability” and a call for “absolute loyalty” by the Tibetan people to Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party.
Recent Chinese state media headlines have claimed that the Party is trying to address official corruption, but an analysis of China’s efforts suggests that these efforts may be largely superficial.
Controversial new regulations on “ethnic unity” will come into effect in the Tibet Autonomous Region on May 1, 2020. The International Campaign for Tibet will be closely monitoring their implementation.
As Tibetans looked ahead to the 61st anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising, the Chinese government made its continuing domination of their Himalayan homeland clear with a massive show of military force.