NEW YORK, US, 18 July 2017
After the Chinese invasion of Tibet and full frontal control in 1959, the dream of China to pillage the western treasure (Xijang), as Tibet was known in the Middle Kingdom, was fulfilled. Fast forward to the wrath and the plunder, the Chinese greed climaxed when it opened itself to the world to feast on profits of globalization.
To meet its vast demands, the plunder and rape of Tibet intensified to historic proportions. Engineers were called on to brainstorm ways to build rails that can withstand the freezing temperature and pierce tunnels through the treacherous Tibetan terrain.
Thus was the story of the beginning of the construction and swift completion of the Tibet railways. They not only intensified China’s iron rule of the plateau of Tibet, but also paved ways for the irreparable pillage of the country and destruction of the Tibetan environment.
The rails also brought in a huge influx of incentivized Han citizens, with the State’s design to decimate our civilization by spreading them amidst Tibetans like cockroaches through forced assimilations and make Tibetans a minority in their own country. And the plan has worked just fine.
The only thing that remained unchanged and unshaken despite China’s brutal rule was the Tibetan people’s conscience to dream for freedom and their eternal spiritual quest in seeking refuge in Buddhism.
China’s position and their influence in the world has been dominant without any denial. Their ever-increasing hunger for growth has seen them invest in places that the western world would have a second thought on even at their apex of glory. But China is a totally different untamed animal and a Goliath of economic players in these recent times.
Everyone wants to defile their hands with the bloody regime, without any remorse. China’s huge investment in the continent of Africa can not be written off. At one point towards the beginning of China’s investment in Africa, along with improvement in infrastructure and paved roads, some African towns had ever walked on, the people there welcomed the Chinese with open embrace and promised of eternal friendship. But what they so easily rejoiced in, was later dampened by the unfolding truth of China’s camouflaged design to control and plunder their wealth on their faithful face.
In ancient times, China along with other Asian and European countries prospered through trade via the famous Silk Road that connected China to Rome, punctuating several countries in between. It was known as the Silk Road, because silk was the dominant product that was traded through the route between free countries that owed no obligations to others, and hence the self-explanatory name.
The motive and pure intention then was not to use the Silk Road to benefit just one country, but all the countries it touched and everyone paced on their own terms.
Today at this age and time, emperors of dynasties of China, Central Asia, and Europe that once reigned supreme under this belt called the Silk Road are but remembered on the inks of history books. The present ruling one-party Mao’s totalitarian system of the Chinese government is a force to be reckoned with, and nothing like the princely dynasties of the past.
When imperialists worldwide were shedding off their ugly past and one country after the next were freed of colonial yoke, China which suffered colonial humiliations in the near past and who now wanted instant global recognition, took upon itself to not only invade Tibet but also to destroy the Tibetan civilization. They brought it almost to the brink of extinction, if it were not for the sympathy that was gained through His Holiness’ efforts to work with China in resolving the Tibet issue that lies stale to this day.
China’s imperialistic attitude is still dominant, as can be seen through their control of the South China sea and their recent border incursions in India and its protectorate state of Bhutan, a tiny Himalayan kingdom.
The glorious Silk Road that once was in its own accord, is being conditionally promised by China on the backs of their massive wealth built upon the pillage of Tibet, to revive with laying steel rails, where not the lively camel caravans that once roamed but the steel iron horse without emotions would run. The caravans that once gently ambled through these roads for months and years, are rattled from their graves by this fearful so-called “engineering feat of the century”.
The work has already long begun, and is projected to cost around an unprecedented one trillion US dollars. One trillion dollars, so much to build China’s foreign policy and its soft power around the belt, the New Silk Road apart from the economic initiative, is also designed strategically to sow Chinas selfish interest and increase Beijing’s influence through these trade routes from east Asia to Europe.
People from various countries, small towns, and cities that lie on the tracks of the projected belt, are already suspicious and worried, as they should be, about China’s ambitious plans. With the slowing down of the Chinese economy, the engine of growth had to find a place and it did in these rails of dreams. Along with the project came massive armies of Chinese workers caged as if in a trojan horse, laying railroads in another country, where the jobs should have naturally gone to its natives. That has not only caused uproar, but seen protest and fanned anxiety to new levels.
China’s vision, and possibly foreseeable dream, is not only to control the conquerable world, but to siphon and plunder the world with its manipulative trade tactics. And where profits can’t be extracted, soft power is spun to its yarn of international diplomacy. To think that China’s project of the century in building the Silk Road is sign of a nation that wants to be beneficial and become progressive, in including nations along the belt to prosperity, is a serious miscalculation and an irreversible tragic afterthought.
China’s immovable mountain-like place in the symbiotic world these days, combined with their thirst for political control led by a dictatorial government, is a real real threat to the peace and sanctuary of the world. Their emphatic pursuit of soft powers to win over the world is a threat to the world’s democracies. Its worrisome implications are not far-fetched, since what they have done to Tibet is a testament to a ruthless regime that is hell-bent on control.
China’s strategically positioning its influence from East Asia to Africa and now the shielded Europe falling prey to China’s economic bait is an alarming sign that we all must steadfastly watch for. The people of the free world must act and do anything to stop this Silk Road that is destined to destroy just not one country but the political structure of the world. If you are a country fearful of the spread of communism and its feared ideologies, then this Silk Road that China, a totalitarian regime, a regime that killed over a million Tibetans and destroyed the roof of the world to disrepair, is building to spread their conspiratorial global influence and snare traps for weaker states to fall within their crevices, is an alarming imagination that could easily transpire to reality. We must act now and in whatever capacity to stop this Silk Road that’s not so silky after all from getting any farther.
About the author
Ugyen Gyalpo lives in Woodside, New York, and works as an insurance agent for United Health Group, New York.