China Intensifies Political Indoctrination of Tibetan Monks

As a part of the Chinese ruling communist party’s effort to strengthen its grip over the Tibetan people, local authorities are conducting training of the Tibetan religious leaders to promote political indoctrination of the communist China’s policies. A number Tibetan Buddhist monks have been given a three days of political training in Tibet’s capital, Lhasa.

A Tibet government website reported this week that 35 officials and an unidentified number of monks and nuns traveled to the eastern city of Suzhou last month for “training.” It said they were instructed to be “reliable in politics and take a clear-cut and firm stance.”

Such political indoctrination are a part of the party’s compulsory political study in monasteries that aims to reduce the influence of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama while at the same time making efforts to build loyalty to the officially atheistic party.

“It is important for United Front Work officials to improve their ability first, especially in regions such as Tibetan areas where the Dalai Lama clique intends to penetrate,” Zhu Weiqun, former chairman of the Ethnic and Religious Affairs Committee of the legislature’s advisory body, was quoted as saying by the party newspaper Global Times.

The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet fled to exile in 1959 after China conquered Tibet. The Dalai Lama, who leads the Tibetans has been asking the Beijing authorities to resolve the issue of Tibet through dialogue in a peaceful manner in order to restore basic human rights inside Tibet. The Dalai Lama was conferred the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

However, China claiming Tibet as an integral part of China accuses the Dalai Lama of brewing separatist activities against China. China is warning against every other country for hosting the Dalai Lama and they keep telling the world to follow their way or face consequences in economic activities!

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