Hi guest, Register | Login | Contact Us
Welcome to Phayul.com - Our News Your Views
Sat 26, Jul 2014 04:38 PM (IST)
Search:     powered by Google
 MENU
Home
News
Photo News
Opinions
Statements &
Press Releases

Book Reviews
Movie Reviews
Interviews
Travels
Health
Obituaries
News Discussions
News Archives
Download photos from Tibet
 Latest Stories
Lhasa - Shigatse rail line operational from August
Tibetan exiles commemorate 100 years of Shimla Convention
Violence in Gaza "unthinkable", says the Dalai Lama
Tibetan commerce body holds two-day workshop for young entrepreneurs
Reports of Dalai Lama being unwell not true, says a close aide
Tibetan legislators lobby Indian MPs for Tibet
Three Tibetans arrested in Sog County
Tibetan monk commits suicide in protest against religious repression
Chinese activist Hu Jia beaten up by 'plain clothed men'
Tibetan monk freed after serving sentence
 Latest Photo News
Monks repairing road leading towards Tsuglakhang before the arrival of the Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama from New Delhi. Incessant rain has caused the roads to wear out leaving huge potholes often leading to accidents. July 21, 2014/Phayul Photo/Kunsang Gashon
7 Petitioners lie on the pavement outside offices of China Youth Daily, after they drank pesticides to commit suicide. 12 people are being treated in hospitals after two separate incidents of mass suicide bids to publicize forced acquisition of land by government/16-7-2014, Telegraph
Incessant rain in Tibet's capital Lhasa has led to flooding in various parts of the city, including the sacred Jhokhang Temple/Photo/Lhasa Sonam's FB page
more photos »
Advertisement
‘West must unite against China’s bullying’
Phayul[Saturday, May 18, 2013 23:52]
DHARAMSHALA, May 18: In a hard-hitting article written by prominent journalist Edward Lucas, the author advocates for democratic governments in the West to unite in resisting “Chinese bullying” against those who meet Tibet’s exiled leaders.

Lucas, who is International Editor of The Economist, in his article “The Tibetan Test” published online by European Voice, argues that Chinese bullying is working and it is “ever-harder for Tibetan leaders to get meetings when they travel in Europe and the United States.”

Lucas takes cue from the recent diplomatic spat between China and the United Kingdom over PM David Cameron’s meeting the Dalai Lama last year.

“These are tough times for Tibetans, not just because of their despair at occupation of their homeland, but because of Western pusillanimity,” Lucas writes.

Calling China’s bullying “a test” of European and transatlantic political will, he calls for Europe and the US to adopt a common position, something on the lines of “we will meet with anyone we choose to, regardless of diplomatic bluster.”

“China can afford to pick off individual countries, punishing them with a ban on high-level meetings and visits, or even trade and investment sanctions. But it cannot do that to the entire West,” Lucas argues.

The author, who has covered Central and Eastern Europe for more than 20 years, witnessing the final years of the last Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet empire, notes that the “burden of responsibility and solidarity lies particularly heavily on the countries that have living memories of communist rule and foreign occupation.”

He writes that former captive nations such as the Poles, Czechs, Slovaks, Hungarians and others who cared about freedom in Europe during the Cold War “should care about Tibet now, for the same reasons.”

Lucas calls upon European leaders to arrange meetings with Tibetan representatives “publicly and proudly” and publish photos of the meetings.

“Once everyone is doing so, the ability of the Chinese embassies to feign outrage, and to impose punishments, is greatly limited. Instead of letting timidity ratchet down towards defeat, collective action ratchets resistance upwards towards victory,” Lucas writes.

“The importance of this goes far beyond Tibet. If Europe cannot stick up for principle and defend itself against bullying when the stakes are relatively low, what chance is there that it can do so when the stakes are higher?”
Print Send Bookmark and Share
  Readers' Comments »
Weakness of civilization. (Tseta)
loss of face (omze)
Stand up to the bully! (gyalpot)
Your Comments

 Other Stories
‘West must unite against China’s bullying’
Exile Tibetan administration, scholars express concern over Lhasa’s ‘destruction’
Rethinking the Tibet movement By Tenzing Sonam
Advertisement
Advertisement
Photo Galleries
Advertisement
Phayul.com does not endorse the advertisements placed on the site. It does not have any control over the google ads. Please send the URL of the ads if found objectionable to editor@phayul.com
Copyright © 2004-2014 Phayul.com   feedback | advertise | contact us
Powered by Lateng Online
Advertisement