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China Daily: Dalai Lama must match words with deeds

July 9, 2008

Special report: Tibet: Its Past and Present
China Daily/Xinhua (People's Republic of China)
July 7, 2008

BEIJING, July 8 (Xinhua) -- English-language China Daily on Tuesday
carried an article titled "Dalai Lama must match words with deeds".

The author is Zong Yiwen, a councilor of the China Religious Culture
Communication Association. Following is the full text:

The Chinese central government has demanded the Dalai Lama to promise
"four not-supports". One of these is any argument and activity to
seek "Tibet independence" and split the region from the country.

Since the Dalai Lama has repeatedly claimed that he does not seek the
"Tibet independence", he must prove his sincerity by his deeds. And
he needs to take back his unreasonably wrong and traitorous remarks first.

On June 4, the Dalai Lama said in an interview with the Indian press
that the McMahon Line drawn during the 1914 Simla Convention was
legal and that Tawang was part of India according to the agreement
between the then Tibet local authorities and the British colonial
government in India.

The Dalai Lama's words were echoed by the "Speaker of the Tibetan
Parliament-in-Exile", Karma Chophel, who said a ceremony would be
held to mark the 94th anniversary of the signing of the Simla Treaty.

"The site of the convention is still there so the ceremony will be
held there," he said.

As is known to all, the notorious Simla Treaty was part of the
British colonialists' conspiracy to seize and occupy Tibet.

In April 1914, the British government forced Chen Yifan, the Chinese
representative to sign on the agreement. Reluctantly, Cheninitialed
his surname but soon claimed that an approval was different from the
official signature which requires government permission.

Later, Yuan Shikai's warlord government objected to the proposed
boundary and immediately called to repudiate both the agreement and
his initial to it. Although Chen Yifan was forced to sign the treaty,
the bottom line was retained.

In 1930, the 13th Dalai Lama made a clear statement that the British
government did try to lure him but he knew clearly that the
sovereignty couldn't be lost. He said that he was neither pro-Britain
nor would he betray the central government. He also managed to keep
his bottom line.

In March 1943, the British colonial government in India issued a
memorandum to the local Tibetan government, saying that it opposed
sending Tibetan officials to Tawang.

In April, the local Tibetan government stated in a letter to Britain
that Tawang is Tibetan territory and ignored the British demand for
the recall of the Tibetan army and military officials. Faced with the
well-armed British Empire, the weak local Tibetan government still
kept the bottom line.

Canadian scholar A. Tom Grunfeld said that the Simla Treaty remained
notorious in the years after its signing and could not be
implemented. An international law expert also said that the Simla
Convention exposed the acts of the British India officials to harm
China. Western scholars are all aware that the bottom line cannot be touched.

Although the Dalai Lama refused to give direct answers to whether he
recognized the McMahon line, he had stated before that Tawang is part
of Tibet. After all, the region is the hometown of the 6th Dalai Lama
Tsangyang Gyatso. But why did he suddenly change his claim?

The reason is that the "Tibetan independence" activities led by the
Dalai group have become more and more unpopular and harder to be
carried out. This May, Indian police arrested five leaders of
"Tibetan independence" organizations including the "Tibetan Youth
Congress" and the "Tibetan Women's Association", which were charged
with violating Indian laws and endangering personal safety.

Faced with such a crisis, the Dalai Lama decided to give out a part
of Chinese territory in an attempt to undermine the improving
Sino-Indian relations and to ease the current crisis for "Tibetan
independence".

We need to not only listen to what the Dalai Lama says but also
observe what he does. Since the private representatives of the Dalai
Lama have stated that they accept with no difficulty the " four
not-supports" as demanded by the central government, they have to
prove it by their deeds and should first start with correcting their
wrong and traitorous remarks.
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