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Unwise to blast Dalai Lama

July 12, 2008

The China Post (Taiwan)
July 11, 2008

It is hard to understand why Beijing is pulling no punches on the
Dalai Lama when the Olympics are just five weeks from now.

Mainland China has plenty reasons to be angry at the Tibetan
spiritual leader, who has been accused by Beijing of plotting and
instigating the violent riots in Lhasa in March. The subsequent
crackdown triggered anti-China protests around the world. To
Beijing's embarrassment, the international leg of the Olympics torch
relay was disrupted by human rights activists and Tibetan
separatists.The noisy protests abroad sparked Chinese nationalism at
home and overseas. In many foreign cities, pro-China demonstrators
confronted anti-Beijing protesters at rallies during the torch's
passage. The world's attention was diverted from the protests by the
Sichuan earthquake in May, when China suddenly became a victim of its
worst natural disaster in decades, drawing sympathy and humanitarian
relief from all over the world.

Beijing, which won accolades for its effective relief effort in the
wake of the quake, should have used the opportunity to improve its
tarnished human right record. It should improve ties with the Dalai
Lama who has openly renounced Tibetan independence.

Last week, when dialogue between Beijing and the Dalai Lama's
personal envoys resumed in Beijing, Zhang Qing-li, the communist
party's top official in Tibet, said the March riots in Lhasa were a
"serious, violent criminal incident by the Dalai clique." The timing
of Zhang's remarks indicated Beijing's hard-line position has not been changed.

As Beijing is doing its best to ensure the success of the Olympics, a
US$40 billion sports extravaganza regarded as its "international
coming out party," the continued denunciation of the Dalai Lama would
only cast an ominous shadow on the Games and on president Hu Jintao's
high-sounding pledge to build a harmonious society.
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