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Signed article refutes "Memorandum" of the Dalai clique

November 23, 2008

Xinhua (People's Republic of China)
November 21, 2008

BEIJING, Nov. 21 -- Xinhua News Agency on Friday released a signed
article by Yiduo on the "Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for the
Tibetan People" of the Dalai Lama and his followers.

The "Memorandum" was presented to the central government by the
private envoys of the Dalai Lama during their talks with the central
government in Beijing weeks ago.

The article says the "Memorandum," described by the Dalai Lama side
as "in accordance with China's Constitution and laws", was full of
contradictions with the Constitution and laws.

It says by claiming "Genuine Autonomy" in the name of Constitution,
the Dalai side tried to deny the regional autonomous system of ethnic
minorities, which is China's basic policy and political system on
ethnic issues protected by the Constitution.

The administrative divisions of Tibet and other areas inhabited by
Tibetans have been formed since the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), and the
former local government of Tibet has never governed any other Tibetan
areas outside Tibet.

The so-called "Greater Tibet", which takes one quarter of China's
territory, had no historical, realistic and legal basis, the article
says. "It is a key component of the advocacy of the Dalai side to
separate the nation, and its essence is 'Tibetan independence'," it says.

The article says the Dalai Lama side intends to create a scenario of
pure Tibetan autonomy while restricting exchanges and bonds among
different ethnic groups, which would provoke conflicts and lead to segregation.

It says that the memorandum said nothing about the ownership of the
sovereignty of Tibet and completely ignored the fact that Tibet was
and is part of China.

"This issue cannot be ignored because it is fundamental to the
improvement of the relationship between the Dalai Lama and the
central government," the article says.

The article says that the "Memorandum," from its title to content,
talks all about the "Greater Tibet" and "high degree of autonomy".

Its purpose is to set up a "half independent" or "covertly
independent" political entity controlled by the Dalai clique on one
quarter of the Chinese territory, and when conditions are ripe, they
will seek to realize "complete Tibet independence", the article says.

The article also reiterated the central government's attitude towards
the Dalai Lama, saying "The door of the central government for the
Dalai Lama to return to the patriotic stance has always been open and
will remain open in the future."

"However, the door for 'Tibet independence,' 'half independence' or
'covert independence' has never been open, nor will it be open in the
future," the article added.
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