It ought to go without saying at this point that the Leftist gangs running California Academia are both rabidly anti-Trump and anti-China. Hilary Clinton and John Kerry were both supporters of Obama's failed 'Asian Pivot' and the TPP. The American Left hates China for the same reasons they hate Trump: they reflexively despise economic success and envy powerful leaders. Chinese President Xi Jinping has a strong following in Asia and Africa
Thus the Academic Left loathes Xi because China's investment projects in the underdeveloped world have produced tangible results like jobs and higher living standards, as opposed to decades of the American Left's virtue-signaling in the same places. Also, recent Chinese technological achievements have shown up American Academia for the intellectual pygmies that they really are.
On Friday, President Trump had a very successful conference with Xi that smoothed over many tensions between the two countries. This conference was hailed in the Chinese Media (though ignored in the US) as a 'new dawn in Sino-US relations.' Historically, China is a natural ally of the US. Though there have been some rough times between the two countries on occasion, the two countries have been on friendly and mutually beneficial throughout most of our history.
So between the confirmation of Rex Tillerson and Trump's meeting with Xi, the UC-San Diego decided to throw a spanner into the works and invite the Dalai Lama to address their commencement ceremonies in June. Now, of course, the Lama is a hero to the Left, and outspokenly anti-Trump. In October, the Lama said of Trump, "I see a new Hitler in the making. If American people vote for Trump, it will be the end of great American civilization."
We Americans are accustomed to Left-Wing whackos spouting off like this at universities; but China's position on the Dalai Lama is that he's an international criminal and wanted in China for capital offenses. From China's perspective, this would be a similar insult their national pride as it would be if Chinese schools invited American Anarchists to speak about conditions in the US. It's very transparent here that the UC-San Diego timed this announcement to embarrass both Trump and Xi.
Pradeep Khosala, the president of UC-San Diego, hypocritically stated that the Dalai Lama was "a man of peace" and "a spiritual leader." It's doubtful that he'd feel the same way about inviting prominent Christian leaders to speak, however. Khosala is an immigrant from Mumbai, India with an academic background in Technologies. He formerly served as head of DARPA under the Clinton Administration and worked for several defense contractors under Obama before becoming head of UCSD in 2012. He also has affiliations with the Taiwanese government. He draws a fat $450,000 annual salary from California taxpayers.
When Tibet was ruled by the Lamas, the country had an international reputation as a hotbed of foreign spies and international crooks. The Lamas had a human-rights record about on a level with the Wahhabi States in the Arabian Peninsula today. It was such a brutal regime that when China annexed it 1951, even many Western pundits believed that Maoist Communism would be an improvement. The fact that many Tibetans welcomed the Chinese Army as liberators speaks for itself.
Tibetans were forced to worship the Dalai Lama as a god. The monks owned all property in Tibet and human life was without value to them. Professor Michael Parenti, a Left-Wing academic himself at Yale, wrote the following:
"Tibet was hardly the idyllic paradise of Hollywood lore. Serfs often had to carry their owners on their backs...it would not be incorrect to say that before the arrival of the Chinese PLA in 1951, that the Lands of the Lamas was a hell on earth. Over 70% of the population was comprised of poor, illiterate serfs and nomads; they had absolutely no rights and no value."
Parenti also alleges that the Lamas practiced torture and seized even the wives and daughters of peasants for sexual purposes. It's well known too that the Dalai Lama's so-called 'Government in Exile' was (and may still be) on the CIA payroll.
Like most of these Left-Wing icons, the Dalai Lama is a fraud and when we peer beneath the surface, we find the sordid interests of the Left behind him. Pre-annexation Tibet though does sound remarkably like the type of government that the Cultural Marxist mandarins and overlords in California Academia would like, though.