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Chinese Experts on Tibet Say Dalai Lama Misrepresents Tibetans

November 9, 2007

Four Tibetologists say the Dalai Lama's international political meetings
have hurt the people of Tibet, and that the monk wants much more than
religious and cultural autonomy.

By Jeff Davis
Embassy Magazine, November 7, 2007

One week after the Dalai Lama's visit to Canada, the Chinese embassy
held a briefing during which four Tibetologists shared their views on
Tibet and the Dalai Lama with Canadian reporters.

An Caidan, a researcher from China Tibetology Research Centre in
Beijing, said the Dalai Lama misrepresents the true aspirations and
desires of the Tibetan people. Mr. An, a non-Tibetan Chinese, was born
and raised outside of Tibet.

"The Dalai Lama told a lot of lies [while in Canada]... through these
years of study and our years of exchange with our friends in Tibet...
[what they desire] is totally different than what Dalai Lama talked
about in foreign countries," he said through a translator.

The panel included two academics, a Tibetan traditional doctor and a
Tibetan Buddhist monk.

Ciren Jiabu, a Tibetan and the director of Tibet Academy of Social
Sciences in Lhasa, said that meetings between foreign leaders and the
Dalai Lama endanger the future of Tibet.

"Dalai Lama is someone who can undermine the stability and development
of Tibet, and meeting with someone like him... has hurt the feelings of
all people living in Tibet and we are firmly opposed to such a move," he
said.

Mr. Ciren added that though the Dalai Lama says that all he wants is
meaningful autonomy on religious and cultural matters and not
separation, he actually wants much more.

"Over the past years on many occasions, Dalai Lama has said he does not
want separation, but Dalai Lama has always clung to the separatist
positions of 'one country, two systems,' a high degree of autonomy and a
so-called greater Tibetan area," he said through a translator.

The passive approach the Dalai Lama uses, Mr. Ciren said, is purely
tactical.

"From his comments and his actions, we can see he has this two-step
strategy of separation. First of all, [he wants] a high degree of
autonomy and then he will seek full separation ultimately. So he has
never given up the ultimate goal of separation," he said. "This is only
an adjustment or a little change of tactic."


Tibet Akin to Quebec: Scholar

Mr. An drew parallels between the Tibet sovereignty issue and Quebec
separatism.

"If the Canadian people cannot understand how Prime Minister Stephen
Harper's meeting with Dalai Lama hurt the Chinese people, I would like
you to imagine if a government supported the separation of Quebec from
Canada. How would you feel?" he asked rhetorically.

Mr. An also said the Dalai Lama wants to return Tibet to a system of
"feudal serfdom" and that he would disregard the interests of the
non-Buddhist religions of Tibet if he came to power.

The monk chose not to respond to questions. He said that, as a monk, he
is "not intended to interfere in the affairs of a secular world."

The panelists said they are in Canada to have exchanges with the
Canadian Tibetologists. While in Canada, they met with academics at the
University of British Columbia, the University of Ottawa and Carleton
University.

Mr. An said that the China International Culture Association, a
China-based civil society organization, funded the panel's trip.

He also said the trip was delayed several times, until after the Dalai
Lama came to Canada.

During the press conference, the panelists received a note from embassy
staff.

Despite repeated questioning, the panelists would not disclose their
political affiliations.

jdavis@embassymag.ca

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