China's latest White Paper is all about what China is not: Dr Tsewang Gyalpo

China published its latest white paper entitled "A Global Community of Shared Future: China's Proposals and Actions" on September 26, 2023.

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Dharamshala — The PRC's latest white paper lists the government's proposals for the future of humanity and speaks of universal values and principles "which, if put into practice, could earn China a Nobel Peace Prize. China's new white paper looks good on paper, but fails in practice, the white paper is all about what China is not," says Tsewang Gyalpo Arya, representative of the Liaison Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for Japan and East Asia.

The State Council of the Information Office of the People's Republic of China published its latest white paper entitled "A Global Community of Shared Future: China's Proposals and Actions" on September 26, 2023.

Dr Tsewang Gyalpo Arya in an article featured in JAPAN Forward writes that the first paragraph of the preface sounds very much like an extract from the teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It refers to Xi Jinping's "five-point proposal" in 2015 and "five goals" in 2017, which also recall His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 'five-point proposal for peace' in 1987 and his four commitments in life. This is the intensity of the good values advocated in the White Paper". "If China is really serious about this white paper and its professed vision, the world is headed to a great time of peace, stability, and understanding. And the Chinese leadership could be on its way to receiving the next Nobel Peace Prize," he added.

Dr Arya writes, "The first chapter of the white paper is titled "Humanity at a Crossroads." It talks of interdependence, the inevitability of globalization, and the collective future of humanity. It preaches the CCP's Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence and the advancement of democracy. The narrations are very positive, revealing, and pacifying: "In the age of globalization, all countries are interdependent and interconnected." he added, "Whatever the real intention, the author of the paper has done a very fine job of portraying a very positive picture of China — making a lamb out of a fiery dragon! Those who are not aware of the CCP's sinful past are bound to take the paper at face value and be taken for a ride by the narrative."

The paper even goes so far as to say that China pursues development through its own efforts rather than through invasion and expansion, and that development aims to provide a better life for its people. For China, building a global community means openness, inclusion, mutual benefit, equity and justice, not replacing one system with another or one civilisation with another. Dr Arya writes, "China is trying to bury the crimes and sins it has committed. These include the brutal occupation of Tibet, East Turkistan, and Southern Mongolia, and the genocide still going on in those regions. And what does China have to say about the 1962 war with India and the continued border intrusions and skirmishes along India's borders? Moreover, what is China doing in the Southeast China Sea by occupying islands and building military bases? And what about the military contingents around Taiwan and the constant threat of occupation?. Are these not invasions and expansions, and how are they providing a better life for the people? The Chinese public would never want a better life at the cost of unjustified and illegal invasion and expansion. "

The White Paper also mentions that China upholds the principles of the UN Charter and the authority of the UN, to which Dr Arya correctly replies, "If so, then China should implement the United Nations General Assembly resolutions on Tibet in 1959, 1961, 1965, and 1991. The world well knows how China flaunts the UN laws and system to impose its will and these are exactly what His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been advocating all his life. Therefore, it is important and natural that Chinese President Xi Jinping meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama to expedite the realisation of this noble vision of a "global community of a shared future."