ICT’s Tibet Roundup—2023 Issue 6 (April 16-30)
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- National security concept propaganda event
- Military-civilian co-education program
- Fostering consciousness of the Chinese nation’s community indoctrination
- Propaganda campaign to disseminate 20th Party Congress messages
- Fluency in Chinese language contest for farmers and herders
- Tibet University as research base for fostering Chinese identity
- Indoctrinating Chinese identity in Tibetan children
- Border area Tibetan party cadres tour to Chinese cities
- “Three Consciousness” campaign continues for Tibetan monastic community
- Tibetan lithium exhibition in Shenzhen
- China-Nepal border trade and cooperation meeting in Lhasa
- State-incentivized Amdo meat production to enter European and American markets
Armed Police Tibet Corps and Lhasa No. 8 Middle School held a military-civilian joint construction signing ceremony for “military-civilian friendship and co-education.” State media reported that about 400 officers and soldiers from the Armed Police Corps and teachers and students from the school attended the signing ceremony. About 400 officers and soldiers from a certain unit of the Armed Police Corps and teachers and students from Lhasa No. 8 Middle School attended the signing ceremony.
According to the political commissar of the Armed Police Tibet Corps, “the purpose of the signing is to allow the army and the school to explore a suitable communication mechanism, share the army’s unique military culture, and to allow the students to broaden their horizons and feel the charm of the army at close range.” Similarly, Yang Xiaojun, Director of the Party Office of the middle school, said that “the platform jointly created by the army and the school for mutual construction, mutual learning, mutual visits, and mutual help and win-win will continue to carry out moral education, party building, and national defense education.”
For a research visit to stimulate “patriotism” for the “National Unity Beijing Research Exchange” on April 20, 27 students from 10 schools in Lhasa’s Chengguan District were taken to Beijing for a 10-day visit to “understand the profound culture of the Chinese nation, and to further strengthen the consciousness of the Chinese nation’s community.”
In another activity to indoctrinate Tibetan children to foster Chinese identity under the slogan “Looking for the Red Road, Inspiring Patriotic Feelings,” 76 students from Lhasa Beijing Experimental Middle School and Lhasa No. 4 Senior Middle School were taken for a research education tour within the so-called “Tibet Autonomous Region,” which spans much of western Tibet. The “education” tour to Lhasa, Lhoka and Nyingtri was carried out to give “patriotic” education to the children by “experiencing the revolutionary history.”
As part of its activities to forge Chinese identity in Tibetan children, the Chinese authorities organized a poetry recitation competition for Gongkar County middle schools on the theme of “National unity and family, building the Chinese dream together” on April 23.
Similarly, Langjie Xuexiang Primary School held a speech contest on April 19 with the theme of “Building a Consciousness of the Chinese Nation Community” to cultivate students’ loyalty to the Chinese nation. The children were required to express their loyalty to China as part of their belief in a better future.
The Ethnic Affairs Commission of the Tibet Autonomous Region organized a tour called “The Red Pomegranate” for a group of minority ethnic party cadres from the Tibet Autonomous Region. The delegation consists of 80 party cadres representing masses from district-level party organs in 21 border counties and nine ethnic townships. The purpose of the tour is to “study and implement the spirit of the 20th Party Congress and the 7th Central Tibet Work Forum.” The cadres visited Zhejiang and Fujian provinces in mainland China in April.
Nyima Dorjee, the Deputy Secretary and Director of the Party Organizational Department of the Tibet Autonomous Region, emphasized the importance of increasing the awareness of the Chinese national community among party cadres and masses of all ethnic groups in border areas. He has also stressed the significance of enhancing ideological and operational consciousness for border security and stability.
The Chinese Communist Party’s United Front Work Department in charge of indoctrinating the monastic community continues to implement the “three consciousness” campaign in monastic venues in the Tibet Autonomous Region. Following are four examples of the United Front Work Department’s activities in Tibetan monastic venues and communities.
On April 13, the “Three Consciousness” Promotion Meeting in the religious community and the third meeting for the special governance of religious work in society was held in Nyintri City.
The meeting outlined several requirements to improve the “three consciousness” education in the religious community: (1) ensure the spirit of the 20th National Congress of the Party runs through the education (2) implement the work responsibilities of the “three consciousnesses” (3) increase the intensity of preaching (4) innovate on the carrier of the activity (5) strengthen supervision and assessment and (6) explore the establishment of regulations and systems to consolidate the achievements of special governance of religious work in society.
On April 17, a meeting to promote the “Three Consciousness” in the religious community was held in Gyatsa County and was presided over by the Minister of the United Front Work Department and attended by various officials and cadres. The meeting discussed the progress of the “Three Consciousness” education and Chinese language training in the first quarter, identified problems and shortcomings, and planned the next steps. The meeting emphasized making everyone think alike to steer their loyalty to China through the “Three Consciousness” education.
The “Three Consciousness” Education Office of the United Front Work Department of the Kongpo Gyamda County Committee of Nyingtri City conducted the first-stage work assessment of the “Three Consciousness” education for eight monastery-based institutions in the county from April 17 to 18. The assessment team used the “Implementation Opinions on the ‘Three Consciousness’ Education and Assessment in the Religious Circles of Nyingtri City (Trial)” and the assessment quantitative standards to assess the completion of six aspects of education work organization and leadership, publicity and education, seminars and exchanges, classified guidance, information submission and atmosphere creation. According to state media, the assessment provided a strong foundation for promoting the “three consciousnesses” education in the religious circle in the next stage.
The United Front religious departments in Lhasa City organized a knowledge test for the “Three Consciousness” education from April 11 to 13 to test the monastic community’s understanding of the “three consciousness” indoctrination to date. The test enables the cadres and religious personnel in the city’s temple management committee to identify shortcomings and provide a basis for publicity work.
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