The Chinese government either does not seek to listen to what the world is saying about what happened in Tibet or it deliberately is seeking to blame outside forces as being responsible for widespread anger at the violence in Tibet. Chinese authorities now claim the entire world wide expression of anger was organized by the German Friedrich Naumann Foundation. The Foundation, which receives considerable support from the German government, supposedly coordinated its plan with the Dalai Lama to create turmoil in Tibet and thus damage the Olympic Games. The entire operation in Tibet according to this latest manifestation of conspiracy was designed with one end in mind– destroy the Olympic Games and thus damage China’s reputation in the world.
The Chinese government is upset at Chancellor Merkel’s decision to meet with the Dalai Lama and her expression of concern over events in Tibet. A conspiracy approach to world problems only serves to ignore fundamental reasons why people in Tibet are angry and what happened when the world witnessed heavy handed attempts to crush the spirit of the Tibetan people. There is no question Chinese economic investment in Tibet has raised living standards, but failure to recognize the desire for Tibetans to have greater autonomy is a manifestation of the government’s inability to accept the need for greater democracy in the entire nation.