A News Report about Tibet’s Religion
One’s religion can be a great guidance for a person’s development or it work as the beacon of a person’s life. Different countries have different religions to represent their own culture. For example, in the Middle East, there are all kinds of beliefs for the citizens there. However, the religion Muslim is the belief of the majority of the people there.
In fact, religion does not only affect our mind and it sometimes had been made use of to promote a kind of propaganda. When it is not properly understood, the religions can be misused to push people to start illegal or morally wrong activities. (Kapstein, 1999)
In one of the provinces in China Tibet, the problem of religion is the most serious one. Recently, according to a piece of news in the Reuters, the United States and China were trying to reach a common ground because these two countries have the preference to cooperate together. The news report is titled as After China Trip, U. S. Lawmakers see Hope for Common Ground on Tibet. In the piece of news, it is mentioned that the Democratic leader now in America called Nancy Pelosi was hoping to reach a common ground with the Chinese government on a common ground in the province Tibet. This might seem to be an ordinary news report to a lot of people. However, it is seen as a big change because the leader Nanciy Pelosi was known to be the critic of the Chinese human rights’ problem. In the past, she constantly criticized the nation because she believed the nation has been abusing the human right in Tibet. (Kapstein, 1999)
Therefore, I think that her sudden change of the attitude can be seen as the effort to seek better cooperation with the Chinese government. Besides, I agree with the firm attitude taken by the Chinese Chairman Xi because he has firmly expressed that the Chinese people as well as its government will not bend or will not recede in the aspects of the independence of the province Tibet because it has belonged to the Chinese government.
In my opinion, the viewpoint of this article is to let us know that Tibet is an important issue for the Chinese government as well as the cooperation of the nation China with other nations. However, the conflicts about the issue in Tibet in regard of the conflicts between citizens who live in Tibet and the rest of the Chinese citizens as well as the Chinese government and the Tibetan’s religion are the major problems. (Penny, 2013)
A lot of citizens in Tibet have been taught that their “nation” was invaded by the Chinese government and now they have lost the so called universal freedom due to the force from the Chinese government. However, statistics have shown that the life standard of the people in Tibet has been ensured as well as well protected by the national government. Therefore, the major issue that has caused some of the Tibetans to have the desire to free from the Nation is because they are worried that their beliefs and religions will be threatened by the National government. It is true that a lot of religious people have put their beliefs over their lives. Like the women in the Middle East, their belief is Muslim and according to the rules set by the Muslim beliefs, they are required to wear a hood when they go on the street. As a result, when the Paris local government had mentioned that they are not allowed to wear a hood on the street in Paris, it is a serious offence to these people.
For the Tibet problem, it can always go back to the religion. In fact, in this piece of news report, the author has not directly expressed if he or she supports the viewpoint of the Chinese government or the opinions of those who are the activists in freeing Tibet. However, he has quoted a lot of words from the people in the rights groups as well as those exiles. According to these people, Chinese government has trampled on the religious rights of those people in Tibet. It is obvious that the journalist of this article is targeting at the Chinese government because among all of the quotes that have appeared in it, the majority of them are about how the Chinese government had hurt the people in the Tibet by “stripping off their religious rights or trampling on their religious right”.
However, I think the journalist of the news report has wrongly targeted the Chinese government. Also, he or she had misinterpreted the attitude that Chinese military forces have towards the religion of people in Tibet. In fact, most people in Tibet have held the religion Buddhism. This religion Buddhism had arrived in China before 10th century. Whenever people are talking about the religion in China that can best represent the nation, Buddhism is the one that will first come to their minds. Obviously, China is well-known for its support for free religion in the nation. Inside the country, no matter you are a Christian or you are a Catholic or you believe in Buddhism, you will always be respected because everyone is equal. The only thing in terms of religion that the Chinese government had forbidden people to do is to spread the religion around or to preach other people about their own religion in public. (Penny, 2013)
Therefore, in my opinion, the independence activists including Dalai Lama that are mentioned in the article do not have base for their blunt accusation towards the Chinese government. According to the statistics, at least four mosques are founded and well protected in the province Tibet and in that area, not only the people who believe in Buddhism are well respected. There are also more than thousands of Muslims supporters and a Catholic church was ordered to be built by the nation. The journalist of the news report is apparently a foreigner who does not have a clear idea of how the religious policies are in China so he has indirectly wrongly targeting the Chinese government for its “abuse” of the people’s religion by quoting a lot of words from the independence activists.
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