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China vows not to compromise with Tibetan exiles

November 23, 2008

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN
The Associated Press
November 20, 2008

BEIJING (AP) -- China launched a new attack on the Dalai Lama's drive
for Tibetan autonomy on Friday, vowing not to comprise with leaders
of the Tibetan exile community meeting to debate the future of their movement.

An editorial in the official Tibet Daily newspaper denounced the
Nobel peace laureate's "middle way" proposal that the region be
granted control over its internal affairs while remaining a part of China.

It said that approach was tantamount to seeking outright independence
for the region, which China insists has been part of its territory
for 700 years. Many Tibetans say they were effectively independent
for most of that time before Chinese forces invaded shortly after the
1949 communist revolution.

The Dalai Lama's "so-called 'middle way' is a naked expression of
'Tibet independence' aimed at nakedly spreading the despicable plot
of opposing the tide of history," the statement said.

The editorial appeared aimed at sending a clear message to exile
Tibetans meeting this week that China will not yield in its hard-line approach.

The gathering in the Indian hill town of Dharmsala -- the base of the
self-declared government-in-exile — has exposed rifts between many
young Tibetans who advocate a declaration of independence from China
and the older guard, who stand by the Dalai Lama's path of compromise.

The divide was sharpened by a March uprising of Tibetans across
western China that marked the biggest challenge to Chinese rule in
Tibet in nearly two decades.

Last month's talks between China and representatives of the Dalai
Lama produced no progress and in their wake, China has ratcheted up
its rhetoric against the Dalai Lama and his proposals. Beijing has
sought to portray the spiritual leader as a ruthless autocrat who
would carry out ethnic cleansing in Tibetan areas and reintroduce the
region's traditional feudal theocracy.

"Throughout the 'middle way' can be found distortions of history,
ignoring of facts, and deviations from our constitution and the
content of various laws," the editorial said.
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