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Re: China seen likely to resume contact with Dalai Lama under Xi
« Reply #15 on: March 02, 2013, 01:49:01 PM »


WHO IS HE?

Pronunciation: Shee Jin-ping
Born: 1953, Beijing. A princeling, son of Xi Zhongxun, a former Vice-Premier and Communist Party hero.
Education: Degree in Marxist theory and ideological education, and studied chemical engineering at Qinghua University. Post-graduate law degree.
Career: Secretary-General of China’s Communist Party, Politburo Standing Committee Member (since 2007). Chair of the Central Military Commission.
Foreign Travel: Lots, High Profile.
Prospects: Secretary-General in 2012 and State President in 2013.
Relevance to Tibet: Xi’s father was close to the 10th Panchen Lama and “treasured” a watch given to him by the Dalai Lama.

Standing in the Party and Career Highlights:
Xi Jinping succeeded Hu Jintao as Party Secretary-General and Chair of the Central Military Commission in November 2012. Xi is also China’s Vice President.

With a career that spans Hebei, Fujian, Zhejiang and Shanghai (where he was drafted in after a pension fund scandal) Xi is known as a liberal who is tough on crime. In face of public protests (some with as many as 50,000 participants) in provinces before moving to Central, he sent in troops and police to restore order. He is known to get “difficult” assignments — Corruption, the Olympics, Hong Kong, 60th anniversary etc. He visited the Tibet Autonomous Region in 1998 when Deputy Party Secretary of Fujian Province as part of a “pairing up” support system and attended the 5th work forum on Tibet in April 2010.

Between 17 and 22 July 2011 Xi headed a large Central government delegation to the Tibet Autonomous Region for events to mark the 60th Anniversary of what China calls the “peaceful liberation of Tibet.” In Lhasa on 19 July Xi presided over a major ceremony in the square below the Potala Palace. His message adhered to the Party line; “[We] should thoroughly fight against separatist activities by the Dalai clique by firmly relying on all ethnic groups… and completely smash any plot to destroy stability in Tibet and jeopardise national unity.” [Full text of speech Xinhua, 19 July 2011.] He also visited the Jokhang Temple where he urged monks to stay clear of “separatist forces.”

His visit took him to Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse, where according to State media he “called on the religious circle in Tibet to continue their efforts to promote patriotism and maintain ethnic and national unity” and the town of Bayi in Kongpo where he congratulated People’s Liberation Army soldiers in the area for their contributions to “ethnic unity.” [State Media reports and images.] However, according to a Reuters report (in August 2012), when protests engulfed Tibet in 2008, Xi commented: “We should have normal hearts” – a remark that sharply contrasted with the abusive language used by then-TAR Party boss Zhang Qingli.

Xi visited Xinjiang in June 2009 where John Gittings (UK journalist) reported “He insisted that the local party should appoint officials who could do a better job of handling ethnic relations. He warned that they should solve the “real difficulties” that Uighurs suffer in housing, food, health, education and employment.”

Personal Information

Xi Jinping’s father was Xi Zhongxun, former Vice Premier and mastermind of the Shenzhen economic zone. Xi Zhongxun was close to the 10th Panchen Lama and a Wikileaks cable quotes a dissident writer as saying “the Dalai Lama still had great affection” for Xi senior. Xi Zhongxun was an interlocutor for exiled Tibetan envoys in the 1980s, and he was known to carry a photo of His Holiness. Xi senior was purged 3 times by Mao, supported Hu Yaobang’s progressive ideas including political reform, and publicly denounced the use of military force in Tiananmen Square, after which he disappeared from public. He died in 2002. (Note: the Financial Times reports that – like Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao – Xi Jinping visits Hu Yaobang’s widow every Chinese New Year, and that the Xi family sent a wreath to the funeral of ousted leader Zhao Ziyang in 2005.)

It is not clear whether Xi Jinping has been influenced by his father. In September 2012, Reuters speculated whether Xi junior will have a soft spot for Tibet. The article quoted Bao Tong, formerly an aide to purged party chief Zhao Ziyang as saying, “To understand what kind of leader Xi Jinping will be, one must study his father’s (policies),”….. “No (Chinese) Communist will betray his father.”

Xi and his siblings were persecuted for their father’s ‘crimes” during the Cultural Revolution; a 1992 article in the Washington Post said that one daughter died during this time. Xi junior was sent down to Shaanxi for seven years, where – he says – he leaned to serve the people. It is notable that he joined the Party in 1974 when his father was still in prison and – according to a childhood friend – “Xi chose to survive by becoming redder than red.”

Xi Jinping is married to famous folk singer, Peng Liyuan (see below). This is his 2nd marriage but there have been rumours of discord (his first marriage was to the daughter of a former Chinese Ambassador to the UK; the marriage broke up when she wanted to come and study in the UK, but he felt living in the West was impossible for a future Politburo Standing Committee Member). Peng Liyuan is a PLA Major General and in 2011 was appointed as a goodwill ambassador for the World Health Organisation. Reuters reported in August 2012 that Peng is a buddhist. Xi has family overseas – his daughter is studying at Harvard under a pseudonym; his older sister, Xi An’an, is thought to live in Canada and his younger brother, Xi Yuanping, spent time in Hong Kong while it was under British rule.

In December 2010 and January 2011, a flurry of profiles of Xi appeared in international media, using new information based on leaked US cables. The most interesting featured the opinions of an unnamed professor who was a childhood friend of Xi. The professor reportedly said Xi was drawn to Buddhism during his early career, and had a “seeming belief in supernatural forces”. The professor added that Xi was incorruptible by money, did not drink or take drugs and women felt he was “boring”. (Malcolm Moore, The Telegraph). The leaked cables also revealed that Xi is a fan of the films “Saving Private Ryan” and “The Departed”, saying that in US movies “good usually prevails”, whereas some Chinese film-makers neglected “values they should promote”.



Quotations By/Comments About

Reuters, August 2012 ‘Asked if Xi might take a different tack on Tibet, a retired party official who used to work in Tibet said: “There has to be new thinking … He (Xi) is surely aware of the problems.” “More and more government spending, more and more security, is not going to buy enduring stability in Tibet,” the official said…. asking not to be identified and adding that these were his personal views.’

Former Prime Miinister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew (quoted in Time): “I would put him in the Nelson Mandela class of persons. A person with enormous emotional stability who does not allow his personal misfortunes or sufferings to affect his judgment. In other words, he is impressive”.

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson (quoted in Time) is said to be a friend of Xi, describing him as “the kind of guy who knows how to get things over the goal line.”

Xi Jinping, in Mexico; “there are a few foreigners, with full bellies, who have nothing better to do than try to point fingers at our county. China does not export revolution, hunger, poverty, nor does China cause you any headaches. Just what else do you want?” (reported to be an uncharacteristic response to criticism.)

Xi Jinping, 1992; “Even if you don’t understand, you are forced to understand”, he said with a trace of bitterness. “It makes you mature earlier.”" Xi was speaking about being locked up 3-4 times at the age of 15 because of his father’s ‘crimes’. Banished to Yunnan, he had to attend daily ‘struggle’ sessions, where he was often forced to read out denunciations of his father. (The Washington Post, Lena H Sun, June 1992).

Financial Times, 4 March 2011 “The tantalising thing about Xi Jinping is that here is a guy who really suffered during the Cultural Revolution, much more than most, and whose father actually condemned the killings in Tiananmen,” says a professor at a university in Beijing who knows the family. “That, to say the least, is an interesting biography.” (Financial Times, 4 March 2011).

China Leadership Monitor Profile, April 2012 by Cheng Li, can be downloaded from http://www.hoover.org/publications/china-leadership-monitor/article/116046.

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Re: China seen likely to resume contact with Dalai Lama under Xi
« Reply #16 on: March 03, 2013, 04:07:27 AM »
This is very good news for China. For sure having such a capable leader like Xi Jinping would lead to more prosperity and openness in China and this will cause China to be a great nation that has been predicted by Trijang Rinpoche. China's government has already been gravitating towards Buddhism during the recent years as we have all seen, mostly because Buddhism does not aim to control the masses or brainwash the masses and there is no single person controlling how Buddhism flows, which makes Buddhism a very 'safe' religion for China to adopt as they will not need to worry about discord.

I really cant wait to see how China will be under Xi Jinping's leadership!

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Re: China seen likely to resume contact with Dalai Lama under Xi
« Reply #17 on: March 03, 2013, 12:29:39 PM »
Xi Jin Ping if he handled the 2008 Olympics, well I believe in 2008 the Dalai Lama has offered an olive branch to the Xi Jin Ping by not disrupting the Olympics. Hence no loss of face for Xi Jin Ping. So will Xi Jin Ping play ball ?

If Xi Jin Ping does not want to deal with the Dalai Lama he could deal with the influential Gelug Lamas. 

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Re: China seen likely to resume contact with Dalai Lama under Xi
« Reply #18 on: March 04, 2013, 01:29:30 AM »
There are many other Lamas in Tibet that are qualified to be teachers and who disseminate the Dharma, not just in Dharamsala. China's Panchen Lama and Reting Rinpoche could  go hand in hand to rule Tibet or at least lead the people there spiritually. So, in a way, China does not 'need' the Dalai Lama except for the influence of a few dissidents who spread Dalai Lama propaganda in Tibet to incite unrest. China isnt stupid. They have intelligence forces and other agents that can very quickly uncover the truth behind whatever that CTA is doing. CTA knows they can get away with anything at all because they have backing from the CIA which will also make sure that the american media will only show the positive part about the CTA and not the negative bits such as the ban on Dorje Shugden and its effects as well as them inciting self immolations.