I am intrigued by the Global Times Report on Miss Tibet

By now some of you would have read this somewhat weird report about Miss Tibet pageant in Dharamsala in the Chinese Government newspaper Global Times.

Although Global Times claims to be different from the official Chinese media organs, it is but another aspect of Chinese propaganda, somewhat softer.  In fact this story about the Miss Tibet in Dharamsala is clearly part of the sophisticated public relations diplomacy on the part of the Chinese Government. If anyone has doubt about Global Times’ relationship with the Chinese Government’s propaganda machinery you can just look at the People’s Daily reposting of the Miss Tibet article under its Opinions category.

I was intrigued by the Global Times report in two ways.

First, the Chinese reporter seems to have visited Dharamsala in recent past.  Although the text of the story does not say so, the caption to the photo of Dharamsala alongside it connects it to her name saying, “A busy street in Dharamsala in India Photo: Lin Meilian/GT.” Given the open society that is India there is no reason why a Chinese journalist could not visit Dharamsala.  However, I wonder whether any of the Tibetan organizations or even the Central Tibetan Administration was aware of her visit.

Secondly, the story may be the first time ever that a Chinese government media organization has interviewed Tibetans in exile and quoted them in its publication.  The Global Times reported says she had “e-mail interview” with Miss Tibet Tenzin Yangkyi as well as the pageant’s organizer Lobsang Wangyal, who is based in Dharamsala.  So far Chinese media organizations have looked at each and every Tibetans in exile as the enemy. Therefore, this embracing of the enemy was a bit interesting to me.  The times are certainly becoming interesting globally, if you know what I mean!

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3 responses to “I am intrigued by the Global Times Report on Miss Tibet”

  1. lin says :

    dear blogger:
    to answer your question: yes. i have visited Dharamsala last year and interivewed some government-in-exile official for another story. you can google my name from our website. (http://www.globaltimes.cn/DesktopModules/DnnForge%20-%20NewsArticles/Print.aspx?tabid=99&tabmoduleid=94&articleId=632404&moduleId=405&PortalID=0 )

    • Bhuchung Tsering says :

      Dear Lin Meilian: I appreciate your taking the time to look at my blog posting about your story. Your initiative of reaching out to the Tibetan people in diaspora is noted with interest. If you can help build mutual trust and confidence between our two communities through your writing, it will be a contribution. But given the atmosphere of distrust and lack of confidence, created primarily by the attitude of some of the leadership on the Chinese side, it will take us some time to treat these things as normal.

      • lin says :

        Dear Bhuchung Tsering! i really appreciate your concerns. i surely want to make contribution to build trust bewteen two sides through my stories.Can i have your email? we can talk further via email.
        cheers

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