China has produced a tremendous amount of propaganda justifying its invasion and occupation of Tibet. This book reproduces excerpts from some of the most notable of these articles, along with a critical analysis. The primary themes of Chinese propaganda about Tibet are that Tibet has "always" been a part of China, thus there is no question about "Tibetan independence" or a Chinese "invasion" of Tibet; that the traditional Tibetan social system was a "dark, cruel, savage, feudal hell on earth" from which Tibetans welcomed their liberation by the CCP; and that China has selflessly assisted Tibetan social and economic development ever since while taking nothing from Tibet. China denies the legitimacy of any issues of Tibetan nationalism, self-determination or any desire by Tibetans for an independent political existence. Despite China's claims about the happiness of the Tibetan people, Tibetan resistance has continued. These excerpts from propaganda articles and documents reveal the political and cultural ideology of the Chinese as they attempt to maintain and justify their control over Tibet.
Warren W. Smith Jr. received his PhD in international relations from Tufts University.
Chapter One: 1950s.
Chapter Two: 1960s.
Chapter Three: 1970s.
Chapter Four: 1980s.
Chapter Five: State Council White Papers.
Historian Warren Smith is one of the foremost authorities on Communist China’s policies on Tibet, and has authored such insightful and valuable works as Tibetan Nation,China’s Tibet?, Tibet’s Last Stand?, and Tibet’s Fate. Dr. Smith now offers his reading public a comprehensive and insightful documentary history in Chinese Propaganda on Tibet which analyses and lays bare China’s effort to fully subsume Tibet and to rewrite Tibetan history to conform to its official propagandistic reality.
Chinese Propaganda on Tibet: A Documentary History demonstrates how the “Tibetan Problem” was created and handled by the CCP and how it was presented to the world through the CCP propaganda machine. For those who may not understand the CCP’s political jargon, this is a good introduction. Over the years I have learned that many Western scholars were seduced by CCP propaganda and those who were not familiar with Chinese history tended to take the CCP documents at face value. I truly hope reading these documents and commentaries will help them to understand CCP expressions and mentality.
Chinese Propaganda on Tibet is an invaluable collection of documents and analysis detailing the People’s Republic of China’s justifications for its conquest and colonization of Tibet. In his expert, no-nonsense style, Dr. Warren Smith analyzes and refutes Chinese claims that Tibet has been part of China “since ancient times,” as well as the suggestion that struggles in Tibet are due to class conflict rather than to national conflicts over sovereignty. A clear, concise, and unique combination of reporting and scholarship designed to set the record straight.