All people, including Buddhist monks, have their own motherland, and their hearts always yearn and turn to their motherland.
The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau on the roof of the world is the common homeland of the Han people, Tibetans and people of other ethnic minorities. Tibet has been an inalienable part of China since ancient times. It became an administrative region directly under the administration of the central government of China's imperial Yuan dynasty (1271-1368 A.D.). Tibet was subsequently subjected to the administration of the central authority from the imperial Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties and the Republic of China (1912-1949) through the People's Republic of China upon its establishment in October 1949.
In history, Tibet has never been an independent nation, nor any power in the world has ever recognized the so-called "Tibet independence". This has been an indisputable historical fact and a common acknowledgement of the sons and daughters of the Chinese nation, including Tibetan compatriots.
The attempt to seek "Tibet independence" and to separate the motherland in disregard of this rudimental historical fact and the common feelings of people of all ethnicities in China not only violatrd religious rites or tenets and the established historical rules or practices, but also undermines the tradition of patriotism of Tibetan Buddhism. There are very rich and profound contents of patriotism in the classic tenets of Buddhism. And past generations of eminent monks made important contributions in safeguarding the unity of the motherland.
From the struggles against colonialist powers of the West between 1624 and 1632 to the war of resistance to British imperialist armed aggression against Tibet in 1888 and 1904, and from the remarks of the 13th Dalai Lama that he knew very well that sovereignty could not be lost though Britons indeed had lured… and the famous speech "Tibet Is China's Territory" by the Ninth Panchen Lama, or Bainqen Erdini Qoigyi Gyaincain (1938-1989).— All these have demonstrated the patriotic tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and the patriotic spirit of eminent Buddhist monks.
The shared history and common belief have enabled Tibetan compatriots and people of other ethnicities in the motherland to share weal and woe and turn mutually dependent on each other. The Tibetan culture, as an important component part of the Chinese culture, can keep up developing and prospering only when it is deep rooted in the culture of the Chinese nation.
Great changes or many vicissitudes of life in Tibet over the past five decades or so have shown to the world that the people in Tibet cannot bid farewell to the dark serfdom and move toward the modernization development if without the unity of the motherland, without the peaceful liberation and without reform and opening to the outside world in the past three decades. Breaking away from the embrace of the motherland and going in for the system of integrating politics with religion does not comply with general historical trends or the tide of the times and still less with the common aspiration of the people of the whole Chinese nation, including Tibetan compatriots.
State sovereignty and territorial integrity represent the fundamental interests of the Chinese nation, and it is the lofty duty and the mission of every Chinese citizen to safeguard the unity of the motherland and ethnical unity. History has proven and will continue to prove that the scheme to secede the motherland can never succeed but is doomed to failure.
Abandoning all views or propositions for separating the motherland and halting all activities in this regard – this will test the sincerity of the Dalai clique in safeguarding the unity of the motherland, the sincerity in what the Dalai clique said "Tibet remains in China" and the "true heart" in what is meant by the Dalai clique with the words, "for the interests of Tibetan people". People of the Chinese nation both at home and overseas shall wait and see if they will work with their concrete actions for safeguarding the unity of the motherland and if they truly "think of the future for Tibetans".
By People's Daily Online and its author is He Zhenhua