China rewards ‘peaceful’ Tibetan monasteries with large payments

(From Radio Free Asia)

Authorities in western China’s Sichuan province are awarding large sums of money to Tibetan monasteries that have steered clear of protests challenging Beijing’s rule in Tibetan areas, at the same time imposing “patriotic re-education” classes on monasteries that have become involved, sources said.

Beginning in May, officials conducted visits to several monasteries in the Dzachuka region of Sershul (in Chinese, Shiqu) county in the Kardze (Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, a local source told RFA’s Tibetan Service.

“This appears to be a new Chinese plan to reward monasteries with no record of protests or other incidents opposing the government ,” RFA’s source said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Read more


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