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Only by halting violence can there be harmony

May 11, 2008

He Zhenhua
People's Daily Online (PR China)
The official publication of of the Communist Party of China and the official voice of the government of People's Republic of China"
May 8, 2008

The Chinese nation has always attached importance to social harmony. For the Dalai clique that claimed its "willingness to be a member of the big family of the People's Republic of China," it also openly voiced its "appreciation and support" to the building of a harmonious society in the country.

Just as the Dalai clique said, a harmonious society cannot be separable from "freedom" and the "rule of law" and, as is known to all that either "freedom" or the "rule of law" has nothing in common with one thing -- violence. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed 60 years ago, notes that human beings have the freedom of averting terror and shortages, as terror and shortages are often associated with violence. So violent crimes also pose a direct challenge and trample upon the civilization of a modern legal system; and a society which indulge and tolerate violence can absolutely not be a harmonious society.

The Dalai clique, nevertheless, plotted and incited the March 14 Lhasa riots, in which they resorted to violence to disrupt the peaceful life of Tibetans, and brought terror and scourge to the innocent people, thus seriously infringing upon the "freedom" and "rule of law', and fundamentally undermining social harmony in Tibet. If such violent moves are prettified as "peaceful protests" with the "courage and resolve" and they themselves bragged as "winning the endorsement and support" of the international community, then why they should have given such expressions to the endorsement and recognition of the harmonious society, and how they would carry out their commitment to the sake of "interests of the Tibetan people"?

For the Dalai clique, they claimed they worked for the future of Tibet but has been bent on whipping up violent incidents in the past half century ever since 1959 for sabotaging the production and living environment of people of varied ethnicities in Tibet; they alleged they worked for "freedom" and the "human rights" for Tibetans but continuously encroached upon the ordinary people's basic rights of survival and development … The failure of their deeds to match their words cannot but let people doubt the sincerity of the Dalai clique, and people cannot but pander over what a member of the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC), a terrorist organization, has said, namely, "peace and non-violence" were only spoken to leading Western powers.

Violence cannot give rise to harmony, and still less win public will. When peace and development have been turned into the tide of the contemporary world, violent actions to the detriment of peace have become the common foe of all people in the world yearning for peace. Under the pretexts of the "human rights" issue, or a religious issue, or whatever issues, with whatever purposes, violence can only mean moving against the current of the times and is therefore unacceptable.

Violence runs counter to what the Dalai clique has said about the Tibetan Buddhism culture with the protection of benevolence as the core. In the history of human civilizations, Buddhism has been regarded as a religion of peace and goodwill since ancient times. The vain attempt of the Dalai clique to seek "Tibetan independence" with the use of violence has not only harmed the quintessence of Buddhism with "mercy at heart" but also runs counter to the Buddhist core foundation of "not hurting all living beings", let alone carry forward and develop the Buddhist culture to seek harmony.

With the formation of equal, harmonious relationships among people of various ethnicities in Tibet since its peaceful liberation in 1951, a situation of harmony among the people of ethnicities for common prosperity has taken shape. In disregard of this reality, the attempt of the Dalai clique to fan up violent actions to disrupt the peaceful life of Tibetans and their fundamental well-being and even to connive at some extremists' evil-doings from violence to terrorism not only runs counter to the tide of the times but is unacceptable. If the Dalai clique really wants to support the construction of a harmonious society and to work for the interests of Tibetan people, it should proceed from the most rudimentary thing – that is to halt plotting and instigating violent actions.
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