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From: China Tibet Online 2011-07-27 13:24:00
by: Claire Wang and Sunny Wu
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Insight from German writer:Stability is a precious value for Tibet today

Different from the stereotyped image of Tibet in the Western eyes,the reality in Lhasa seems 'unthinkable' to the West,according to Tom Kahn during an interview with China Tibet Online.

Tom Kahn published a novel titled "Project about Tibet" in English. This book introduces many true stories of Tibet,which are different from what most western countries propagated. The reporter from China Tibet Online has recently conducted an exclusive interview concerning with Obama's second meeting with the Dalai Lama.

"The Dalai Lama and his supporters represent a minority". Some facts,pointed out by Tom Kahn that those western observers tend to overlook: Many Tibetans are happy with their life at home and there is a billionaire living in Tibet. The "human rights" discussion is based on the assumption that most Tibetans are longing for change. "What if the opposite is true?" Those who feel there should be more "democracy"in Tibet don't think of the possibility that the majority of the Tibetans might not agree to that. In other words,what if the Dalai Lama and his supporters represent a minority?

"Protesting against China is for living". About half of the exiled community "works" as monks worldwide. They depend on Western charity and donations. Tom Kahn claimed the essential reason for these Tibetans-in-exile of "protesting against China" is "just for living". He claimed that "to make sure they don't loose their jobs,these Tibetans ask for the impossible - like one quarter of the Chinese territory. Some secretly admit that this is absurd but what can they do? It's for living."

"The government-in-exile contributed nothing to Tibet's accomplishments". Tom Kahn mentioned he was once told by a Tibetan,who was freed from slavery by the Chinese army and turned to be a farmer who owns his land. "This man was truly liberated from his point of view," said by Tom Kahn,"However,there is no occasion for Tibetans-in-exile admitting that Beijing did a good job in Lhasa and is keeping Tibet alive with enormous investment and privileges. The government-in-exile contributed nothing to the Tibet's accomplishments by far."

"What do the Tibetans really prefer? Most Chinese including the Tibetans prefer stability to anarchy and like in other countries around the world,they are ready to pay for this with a bit of what we would call human rights",said by Tom Kahn,"For centuries China experienced bad influence from abroad. Beijing is obviously reluctant to accept advice from nations that were once trying to cut China and Tibet into pieces like Africa. China has not forgotten all of that. Neither should we."

From the historical perspective,the idea "independent Tibet" was created in the days of colonialism when British troops were trying to "invade Lhasa". Apparently "to be free" is nothing that Tibet originally wanted for itself. Tom Kahn finally concluded that stability is the most precious value which deserves protection in order to ensure China's development and prosperity.

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