Tibet, Taiwan, and the Olympic Games

Topics: Tibet, People's Republic of China, Republic of China Pages: 6 (2059 words) Published: April 3, 2013
Tibet, Taiwan, and the Olympic Games
--------a strategic analysis on national security

Yuhao Xie xieyh6@gmail.com

Tibet Riot: real threaten to the national security?

“No, no, no, no, no. It wasn't supposed to be like this - the run-up to the opening of the Olympic Games that China will host for the first time ever, the world's biggest sporting event that is due to open - cough, cough, choke - in the polluted Chinese capital in early August.” It is cited from an article published on SFGate.com with the name of “China, Tibet, Olympics: Tension, bad timing and competing versions of what it means”. Everyone might agree that it was really a “bad timing” for China in the year of Olympic Games, which is perceived as the biggest chance for China to present itself to the world. The violence in Tibetan Capital Lhasa on March 14th has been reported into different versions all around the world. Different pictures and explanations for them came out to the public. The west Medias generally reported it as a humanitarian crisis in China: Tibetans were fighting for their freedom and Chinese governments were killing or bruising the poor unarmed civilians. While the Chinese government had different explanations about that: It was just a terroristic attack to the Tibet civilians plotted by the Dalai Lama revolting group. Both of the sides have shown enough pictures and videos with reports to the public to explain the so called “Truth”. A person with human reason will have a common sense that nowadays every piece of news with political or ideological color is possible to be sophisticated or altered to attract more public opinions and to win more public supports with one’s policy. The key point of these kinds of political and ideological news is not “whether it is truth or not” but “whether you can make it believable or not”. If we take a meticulous examination to these pieces of news, we can find some biased trails within both sides’ reports. Media is never a pure reporting centre in the history especially when coming across such kinds of political news. But to make a realistic evaluation of these reports, I have to say the Chinese government has taken an upper hand. Because it has reasonably explained what had happened in Lhasa on March 14th, whatever the explanation was true or not. And what’s more important, the Chinese government has worked out the some possible demerits of the hostile attitude media, which undoubtedly increased its credibility. For example, the west media published a picture of some Chinese soldiers changing Lama’s clothes, saying they were preparing to disguise as Lamas to easily implement their violence, while actually it was a picture taken in 2002 when they were preparing for a TV show of “the Legend of Sky Miles” as figurants. However, the other side can not provide responses to these kinds of demerits. Although Chinese government is likely to have taken an upper hand on the “media battle” on this issue formally, a bright person on politics will not totally believe that because the Chinese media is a well known central-government-controlled media and it can be used as political tools especially on these kinds of issues. However, it does not matter how the media reports looks like and the Tibetan issue itself. What really matters is the status of the effects of the whole strategy on national security. Then let’s take broader eyesight and make a detailed analysis on this issue.

Tibet Riot: Why it happens in 2008?
-----the strategy of Tibet

As the first sector mentioned, it was a bad timing of the Tibet Riot in the year of 2008, 5 months before the Olympic Games. However, it is not a matter of bad timing by “bad luck”. The year of 2008 has already determined that it was destined to happen this year. For Chinese government, it is really a bad timing to come across this kind of problems....
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