-By Claude Arpi for Deccan Chronicle
Communist China often changes the names of the people, places and even nations. It is the case of Tibet, which is now called Xizang
On November 10, Xinhua reported that the State Council Information Office had just released a white paper on the governance of the Xizang Autonomous Region.
But what is Xizang?
As a true colonial power, Communist China often changes the names of the people, places and even nations. It is the case of Tibet, which is now called “Xizang”.
The main objective of the white paper titled “CPC Policies on the Governance of Xizang in the New Era: Approach and Achievements”, is to make official the new name for the occupied territory of Tibet. It goes to highlight the CPC’s guidelines for governing Tibet, showing that Beijing has brought about “all-round progress and historic success in various undertakings in the region”.
The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), the Tibetan Government-in-Exile based in Dharamshala, strongly rejected the white paper, saying that the document was “unacceptable” and filled with “misinterpretation, misconceptions and lies”.
Also worrying for Delhi, China made official the term “Xizang” with India’s neighbours by sending visit Wang Junzheng, the Tibetan Autonomous Region’s party secretary, on a five-day visit to Kathmandu and then to Colombo. The “Tibet” delegation (without any Tibetans) was received at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu by Urmila Aryal, the National Assembly Vice-chairperson.
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