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China Says Dalai Wants Feudal Tibet

December 14, 2007

BEIJING December 12, 2007 (AP) — China accused the Dalai Lama on Tuesday
of wanting to restore feudalism to his exiled homeland of Tibet and
dismissed a report by the spiritual leader's government accusing Beijing
of sidelining Tibetans and endangering the remote region's environment.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said at a regular briefing
that "Tibet has achieved prosperous social, cultural and economic
development. People are leading a happy life."

Qin said Tibet's "cruel and dark feudal system, which the Dalai Lama
clique dreams of restoring" was the "one thing that has been destroyed
and will never be restored."

He would not respond directly to a report published Monday by the Dalai
Lama's government-in-exile that said Beijing should stop dictating and
give Tibetans a say in how the high plateau region is developed.

"I don't want to comment on the report because they have distorted the
facts and told so many lies," Qin said. "The basic goal of the Tibetan
government-in-exile, no matter what they say, is to not recognize that
Tibet is part of China. Their goal is to split Tibet from China."

The report suggested China was to blame for Tibet's low literacy rate
and the erosion of Tibetan culture, partly because of a new railroad
linking Beijing to the capital, Lhasa, which has brought an influx of
the Chinese Han majority and huge numbers of tourists.

The railway is also making it easier for Beijing to mine Tibet, which is
rich in iron, copper, zinc and other minerals, and speed construction of
numerous dams that will provide hydroelectric power needed to fuel
China's growing economy.

Tibet, the world's highest plateau, is the source of rivers that feed
hundreds of millions of people, and such projects could "seriously
decrease the water supplies" across South and Southeast Asia, the report
said.

Chinese Communist troops occupied Tibet in 1951 and Beijing continues to
rule the region with a heavy hand. Beijing enforces strict controls on
religious institutions and routinely vilifies the 71-year-old Dalai
Lama, who fled to India in 1959 amid an aborted uprising against Chinese
rule.

China says it has ruled Tibet for centuries, although many Tibetans say
their homeland was essentially an independent state for most of that time.
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