Lawrence Ren

The following extraordinary letter appeared in The Economist this week:

“SIR – You seem to support various accusations made by exiled Tibetans (“Torch song trilogy”, April 12th). You could also explore opinions that are more in line with the majority of the Chinese people. Tibet has been a protectorate of China (and later under formal Chinese jurisdiction) since the Qing Dynasty 300 years ago. It will always remain a formal part of China. The Chinese people should migrate to Tibet in massive numbers. Then maybe 20 years from now we can hold a formal free referendum in Tibet to decide its fate and satisfy the international standard for democracy.


Lawrence Ren

Guangzhou, China

Guangzhou

Let us deconstruct his letter:

“You seem to support various accusations made by exiled Tibetans (“Torch song trilogy”, April 12th).”

OK, an accusation, fair enough.

“You could also explore opinions that are more in line with the majority of the Chinese people.”

The majority opinion of The Chinese are irrelevant for two reasons:

Firstly, nobody likes their neighbours dictating what they do. The opinions of myself or Mr. Ren have no bearing on how the people of Tibetan run their affairs.

Secondly, as a true patriot Mr. Ren must be a “communist” and should therefore know that supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses. Since the Chinese communist party have no mandate they are an illegitimate government and maintain their hold on power in China and Tibet by force. To assit in maintaining their grip on power the Chinese Communist party controls the flow of information to all it’s citizens. The Chinese people therefore have no way of knowing the true state of affairs.

This is clearly evidenced by the fact that Mr. Ren’s letter offers no original opinion and merely parrots the propaganda force fed to all Chinese citizens.

“Tibet has been a protectorate of China (and later under formal Chinese jurisdiction) since the Qing Dynasty 300 years ago.”

Possibly, I’m no expert but I don’t see China doing much “protecting” of Tibet. Is Mr. Ren suggesting that if land was once held by one power it should always be? Would he support the return of Hong Kong to The British Empire.

“It will always remain a formal part of China.”

This is purely an opinion. A similar opinion might be: “The Chinese people will always be ruled by a corrupt and repressive elite” or “Mr. Ren will never be able to think for himself”. Let’s hope that none of these opinions are true.

“The Chinese people should migrate to Tibet in massive numbers. Then maybe 20 years from now we can hold a formal free referendum in Tibet to decide its fate and satisfy the international standard for democracy”

It is this last statement that is so telling as it shows either a complete ignorance of freedom and democracy or a ruthless and selfish wish to impose the ways of one community upon another.

I believe that Mr. Ren’s letter shows him to be ……….

TALKING BOLLOCKS!!!

Stupid MR. Ren

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