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Roadmap of Tibetan Independence
WANG LIXIONG, Lingxi Kong and Tianle Chang
No. 3 (79) (2009), pp. 74, 77-79
Published by: French Centre for Research on Contemporary China
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/24054350
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Wang Lixiong published his "Roadmap of Tibetan Independence" on the Internet in November 2008, after a relative easing of tensions following the spring uprising and just after the conclusion of the Beijing Olympic Games.(1) It offers his interpretation of the Tibet issue with a novel analytical approach that he formulated after the Tibetan protests. His original view of the Tibet crisis takes into account its deeper causes and charts a path towards Tibetan independence. "Roadmap" consists of three parts: 1) The March Incident in Tibet is a Watershed, 2) The difficulties of an imperial system of government, and 3) The Road to Tibetan Independence. The first part has been translated into English by Kong Lingxi and disseminated widely on the Internet.(2) It therefore seemed important to publish the second part, which is more relevant to understanding the author's views as it contains a detailed analysis of the nature of bureaucratic institutions and details the system's failings. In order to give a general idea of what Wang's text has to say, a summary of the first part precedes the translation. The third part, not translated here, presents Wang's vision of different scenarios for achieving independence, which he believes can only come about through massive violence and bloodshed. TibetInfoNet reported on 13 June 2009 that Wang was in Dharamsala for a two-month visit organised by the Association of Tibetan writers.(3) (Lara Maconi, translated by N. Jayaram)
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