By Tenzin Sangmo
DHARAMSHALA, Jan. 5: China is set to mark March 28 as the Serfs Emancipation Day, coinciding with the 60th anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising.
This year, China will usher in a year full of anniversaries marking historically and politically charged events, wrote Cary Huang, a senior writer with the South China Morning Post
The article says that villagers attended a national flag raising ceremony in Daxing Village of Nyingchi (traditional Tibetan area of Kongpo) to celebrate Serfs' Emancipation Day.
On April 15, the 30th anniversary of the death of ousted reformist party chief Hu Yaobang will be observed by Beijing. Hu’s Western-style democratic reform and his demise led to the student-led pro-democracy protests in 1989 and the ensuing infamous military crackdown in Tiananmen Square on June 4.
This will be the most politically sensitive event of the year, as it remains the most visible challenge to communist rule and still divides the nation, wrote Huang.
However, Palden Sonam, a Tibetan researcher on Chinese politics observed that it is unlikely that major protest will erupt on these days given the current system of surveillance and control. “Such occasions could be a time for people to reflect on those past events. I think the idea of remembering the past events as they unfolded will be a great act of resistance to CCP regime.”
2019 marks the centenary of 1919 student-led protest that came to be known as the May 4 movement which led to the founding of the Chinese Communist Party in 1921, followed by the 20th year of the crackdown on major protests by the Falun Gong religious group in July.
Then comes the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on October 1. A military parade in Tiananmen Square is set to take place to showcase China’s modernization, according to the article.
Xi Jinping ordered the People’s Liberation Army on Friday to be ready for battle as the country faces unprecedented risks and challenges at a meeting of top officials from the Central Military Commission (CMC), which he heads.
Beijing’s precarious relationship with Washington isn’t quelling anytime soon with two major acts being passed by the latter in the form of Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act and Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA), advocating access to hitherto restricted areas in Tibet and human rights in Asia issues China calls ‘internal matters.’
“I think the CCP will also use these occasions to propagate their preferred narratives by manipulating the events and distort their history,” said Sonam.