China names new naval destroyer after capital of occupied Tibet: ‘The only thing they have in common is being full of Chinese military’
Following reports in Chinese state press that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have named their latest 10,000 ton naval destroyer ‘Lhasa’ after the capital of Tibet, which was occupied by Chinese government forces in 1959, Free Tibet has called the move a ‘disgusting insult’.
The news comes in the week that Tibetans around the world will mark the date of the uprising against the Chinese occupation in 1959 on Wednesday 10th March.
Commenting on the naming, John Jones, Free Tibet Campaigns and Advocacy Manager, said:
“This warship will no doubt form a key part of the increasingly aggressive foreign policy that we have seen under Xi Jinping. To name it after a place where protests against the occupation of Tibet have repeatedly been put down with violent force is a disgusting insult to the Tibetan people.
“The only thing this demonstration of military might and the historic capital of Tibet have in common is that both are currently full of Chinese military personnel.
“It’s yet another sign that the Chinese government is confident it can flaunt its human rights abuses without fear of international reprisal. Governments around the world must take concrete action and they can start with sanctions against Chen Quango, the official who is behind much of the oppression of Tibetan and Uyghur people.”
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The original news appeared in Chinese state media outlet Global Times on Sunday 7th March 2021 -www.globaltimes.cn/page/202103/1217610.shtml