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China launches fresh attack on Dalai Lama

June 15, 2010

The India Express
June 13, 2010

Beijing -- In a fresh attack on Dalai Lama, a
mouthpiece of the Chinese government on Sunday
criticised his call for greater autonomy for
Tibet and questioned whether he was really
qualified to speak for six million Tibetans.

In an article it slammed the demands submitted by
the spiritual leader's representatives during
their talks with Chinese officials early this
year and said the Dalai Lama's demand implies
"greater Tibet," which he never represented.

"In early 2010, the Dalai Clique filed a note
relating to the Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy
for All Tibetans to the Chinese government,
requesting talks on the welfare of 6 million
Tibetans," the write up said inferring that his
demand included all Tibetans living in four other
provinces, Sichuan, Gansu, Qinghai and Yunnan, besides Tibet.

The article titled 'Is the Dalai Lama qualified
to speak on the 'welfare of 6 million Tibetans?',
said the Dalai Lama himself hails from Tibetan
majority Qinghai, which suffered heavy earthquake
in April this year in which over 2600 people were
killed and thousands injured.

"Prior to the 1950s, (Before the take over of
Tibet by China) Tibetan society was still
extremely closed and backwards, and the
production level and the development of the
entire society were at an exceptionally low
level... Countless died from hunger, cold, poverty or disease," it said.

It said the 14th Dalai Lama could not even
guarantee the most fundamental rights of survival
for numerous Tibetan farmers, and therefore "he
is not qualified to talk about the welfare of 6 million Tibetans".

Furthermore, "6 million Tibetans" implies a
concept of a "Greater Tibet". As the 14th Dalai
Lama had never managed any Tibetan region outside
Tibet, he is even further from being qualified to
discuss the "welfare of 6 million Tibetans," it said.

In the several rounds of talks that were held
between the Dalai Lama's envoys and the Chinese
officials, the Tibetan spiritual leader is
believed to have called for more autonomy for
Tibetans under the Chinese constitution.

China rejected it stating that it would not allow
Tibet the kind of autonomy granted to the
territories of Hong Kong and Macau. China in the
past dismissed the demand for demand for autonomy
for Tibet as "disguised independence".

The latest tirade against the Dalai Lama comes as
China poised to open Tibet, regarded as the roof
of the world, to international tourism.

The government planned to take a team of
international journalists for tour of Tibet later
this month to showcase the progress made in the
area which now boasts of four airports, besides a
vast network or roads and railways.

The criticism is also timed along with current
tour of Tibet by 11th Panchen Lama, the
20-year-old monk being projected as the successor
to Dalai Lama. Historically, Dalai Lama figured
as the number one spiritual head of Tibet Buddhists followed by Panchen Lama.

The present Panchen Lama appointed by China is
being groomed to take over as the spiritual leader.

The Beijing-based monk is currently on a rare
visit to Tibet, where according to the official
media, he drew a good response from both the Buddhist monks and the public.
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