Friday, December 2, 2016

Weiping Qin: The Mongolian sky will not collapse because of the Dalai Lama's visit

   On November 18, 2016, the spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, was invited to open a four-day religious visit to Mongolia. This visit attracted much attention from the protests of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is worried that Mongolia may be subject to penalties or even sanctions from China, even Mongolia declared it was only religious visit, not involve any political issues. But the author believes that the Mongolian sky will never collapse due to the Dalai Lama's visit.

   According to the Associated Press report, China cut off aviation, rail passenger and cargo transport with Mongolia in 2002 just in retaliation for the Dalai Lama’s visit to Mongolia, leading to five hundred people stranded in border. China and Mongolia have undergone tremendous changes. In particular, China is already the second largest economic country after the United States, while 90 percent of Mongolia's exports are destined for China. The economic of Mongolia has suffered huge dilemma, and even close to the brink of collapse as commented by outside world. Mongolia embarrassly survives betweenas Russia and China. Last year, because of pressure from China, Mongolia declined the  visit of his Holiness. But we have seen this year, the Dalai Lama visited Mongolia successfully.  President Zaiah Erbegdor Ji Ji must have beared  enormous pressure, but I believe that he made a right and courageous decision.
   As a president elected directly, it is impossible that Mr. Zahia does not respect and listen to the wishes of the people. The historical origins of Mongolia and Tibet have been as long as hundreds of years. Even in the last century, when Stalin carried out a thorough cleansing of Mongolian Buddhists under his control, killing over 17,000 lamas, more than half of Mongolian nationals are now devout Tibetan Buddhists.In the difficult times of the real economic difficulties, the Mongolian people will need to seek religious comfort more intensely.It is easy to see from the pictures of the Dalai Lama's visit to Mongolia that His Holiness is greatly welcomed by the Buddhists in Mongolia.Whether in Ulaanbaatar Airport, in Mongolia's largest Ganden Mahayana Temple, or at the University of Buddhism and Science Symposium, the people of Mongolia listen to the voice of the Dalai Lama with devout humility.It is no exaggeration to say that the Dalai Lama is not only the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people but also the spiritual leader of the Mongolian Buddhists.Compassion and altruistic spirit advocated by His Holiness must have a positive effect on Mongolia's country and society.
   For the Chinese government, Tibet and Mongolia are all sensitive issues.Historically, Mongolia has built the world's most powerful empire, it was incorporated into the territory of the Qing Dynasty after decline. After the outbreak of the Revolution of 1911, Mongolia was independent under the control of the Soviet Union.After years of suffering, the government of the Republic of China, who sojourned in Taiwan, for a long time, did not recognize Mongolia's independence.Even today, the Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Committee in name only has not been revoked.The mainland Chinese government recognizes Mongol independence, but it is the pain of many Chinese people. A Mongolia, is divided into Mongolia and Chinese Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.Put aside ideology, independent or autonomy is a question most clearly in every Mongolian mind, who take a long-term living in the Sino-Russia gap.Because of Mongolia's warning, the Chinese government is particularly sensitive to the Tibet issue.

   For the future and destiny of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the most important historical parties, he has his own deliberation.Now there is no real conditions for Independence, and not everyone can understand the embarrassment and suffering between the two big countries of China and India.The middle-road-solution advocated by the Dalai Lama and supported by the majority of the Tibetan people is highly maneuverable.Although the specific details can be communicated, but this idea is absolutely worthy of the world in the game of power.The life-and-death struggle has long been outdated. His Holiness the Dalai Lama publicly renounced abandoning the pursuit of Tibetan independence in the early 1970s, and anounced a full political retirement in 2011.As a religious leader, His Holiness visits a number of countries every year to promote the universal value of humanity, to strengthen the harmony between the religions, wherever he goes, people are warmly supported.But The Chinese government has always called His Holiness the leader of the separatist forces in Tibet, vilify the image of His Holiness. In my opinion, this behavior not only makes hundreds of millions of Buddhist believers around the world heart resentment, but also detrimental to the diplomatic image of a great power, and makes Tibetan issue internationalization. Like the diplomatic pressure to Mongolia this time is really more harm than good.In today's world, the highly respected religious leaders like the Dalai Lama can benefit the living and the world. Mongolian Buddhist leader,Khan Lama of Ganden Temple, who met his Holiness at the airport , stressed that this was a religious visit and not related to politics.

   As one of the representatives of Chinese Youth Students and Scholars Association, I have the honor to visit the Dalai Lama in northern Indian Dharamsala on October 28, 2016. Although 81 years old, but he is still hale and hearty, amiable.On the same day, His Holiness the Dalai Lama accepted the author's nearly one-hour interview, from the historical past to the future, from the world's plight to the solution, His Holiness unreserved dedication of his life wisdom. Every year, his Holiness gives tens of thousands of public speaking around the world or promote the Dharma, this noble dedication and unparalleled influence in human history is extremely rare. The author suggests that the Chinese government should adjust the Tibet policy, seize the favorable opportunity of his Holiness alive, and actively engage in dialogue to solve the Tibetan problem at an early date. So that his Holiness and nearly 200,000 Tibetan exiles can return to their homeland as soon as possible.

As a religious leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama successfully visited Mongolia, so that tens of thousands of long-awaited Mongolian believers can finally see his Holiness.This is a victory for the Mongolian people.Mongolia is a multi-party democratic state, the Mongolian people have the ballot to elect members of Congress and the President. This time the Mongolian government, despite strong diplomatic pressure, conformed to public opinion. I highly appreciate the President of Mongolia, Mr. Zaiah, a good democratically elected leaders as long as listen to public opinion, really for the benefit of the public, not only can get the support of the voters, will certainly be able to lead the people to overcome difficulties out of the woods. This visit to Mongolia, not only the Mongolian sky  will not collapse, the Mongolian people will be more united and more positive in the face of the future. It is hoped that Mongolia and other countries will achieve sound development as well.

Note:The author is a Chinese economist in the United States, chair of Youth Council of China Democracy Party,President of Chinese Youth Students and Scholars Association, wrote in Washington DC on November 23, 2016,The above article has been published in several Chinese news portals and it was translated into English by Rui Gong.

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