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China launches new attack on Dalai Lama's "lies"

September 1, 2008

By Ben Blanchard
Guardian (UK)
August 28, 2008

BEIJING, Aug 28 (Reuters) - China launched a new attack on exiled
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Thursday, denouncing what
it said were his "lies" about Tibet and saying the region would never
become independent.

The Dalai Lama earlier this month criticised some aspects of Chinese
rule over Tibet, which he fled in 1959 after an abortive uprising.

He told Le Monde newspaper during a visit to France that Chinese
troops had fired on protesters in eastern Tibet on Aug. 18, and that
400 people had been killed in the Lhasa area alone since protests
against Chinese rule broke out in March.

But an opinion piece carried by China's official Xinhua news agency
said the more "lies" the Dalai Lama told, the less he would be believed.

"The larger a balloon is blown, the easier it will be to pop. The
more shocking the lies, the easier it will be to expose them," Xinhua said.

China's crackdown on protests in Tibet in March drew widespread
international criticism.

China accused the Dalai Lama and his allies of orchestrating the
trouble, and of trying to derail the Beijing Olympic Games.

The Dalai Lama denied the allegations, saying that he supported the
Olympics and that the Chinese people deserved to host them.

"The Beijing Olympics let the whole world better understand a modern
China which is open, developing and self-confident," Xinhua said.

"Conversely, there are fewer and fewer viewers interested in the
Dalai's political performances in international society, even
including in some Western countries," it said.

China has ruled Tibet with an iron fist since its troops marched into
the remote Himalayan region in 1950.

Xinhua did not directly mention recent talks between Chinese
officials and envoys of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Dalai Lama, but
said the government had always had a "tolerant, patient and sincere"
attitude towards him.

"The Chinese government ... hopes he realises his errors and amends
his ways on the evil road of plotting splittism," it said.

"Tibet independence has no future, and neither does splittism," it said.

The Dalai Lama says he does not seek independence for Tibet, only
broad autonomy.

An aide said in India on Wednesday that the Dalai Lama is exhausted
and had cancelled two foreign trips to rest and undergo medical
tests. (Editing by Paul Tait)
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