The Chinese Communist government’s greatest fear is any evidence that separatist feeling is present in their nation. They rule over a multicultural society containing people of many religions and ethnic groups so the very thought that one region might harbor thoughts about breaking away is enough to send Communist leaders into a state of terror. The nation is approaching the anniversary of a Tibetan protest which garnered world wide interest and anger at the Chinese government’s brutal suppression of those participating in riots. Tibet’s official Buddhist association called on lamas and nuns to reject any connection with separatist groups or with the exiled Dalai Lama. Naturally, in a communist society their comments to the public reflected a “unanimous” view of those in the organization. It asked monks to “see clearly that the 14th Dalai Lama is the ringleader of the separatist association which seeks Tibet independence.”
Actually, the Dalai Lama has repeatedly rejected calls for separatism and stressed his belief in working with government officials to ensure the people of Tibet had greater local autonomy. Unfortunately, he is attempting to deal with paranoid Chinese communists who believe there is a plot by capitalists to destroy their nation. There is no such plot.