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Dalai Lama not qualified to represent Tibet: China

July 17, 2008

Sify, India
Tuesday, 15 July , 2008

Beijing: China is willing to talk to the Dalai Lama about his future but
not that of Tibet, a senior Chinese official has said.

"The central government will never discuss the future of Tibet with the
Dalai Lama," Dong Yunhu, director general of the state council
information office, said. "What we can discuss with him is his future
and that of some of his supporters."

He explained the reason behind China's stand is because of the Dalai
Lama's claim that he represents the Tibetan people.

"I don't think he is qualified to represent Tibet. If he ever did, it
was before 1959," Dong added.

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Dalai Lama along with many of his supporters had fled Tibet and taken
refuge in India when Chinese troops moved in and took control of Lhasa
in 1959. He has been heading the Tibetan government in exile from the
Indian hill station of Dharamshala ever since.

The Chinese official averred that the Tibetan people had overthrown the
"theocratic system" and established the "People's Republic" in Tibet in
1959.

"He has lost all right to negotiate on the future of Tibet," Dong said.

Talks between the Dalai Lama's representatives and that of the Chinese
government were held in Beijing between July 1 and 2. This was the first
across-the-table negotiation between the two sides since the March 14
riots in Lhasa that killed 18 people and left hundreds of others injured.

China's response to the prospect of the Dalai Lama's return to Tibet has
been guarded as became evident from the remarks of the director general
of the state council information office.

Last week, a senior Chinese official had pointed out that if the Tibetan
leader fulfilled some of the conditions put forward by Beijing, that
include abjuring violence, abolishing his government-in-exile and
distancing himself from the "violent activities" of the Tibetan Youth
Congress, then China may consider his request to return to Lhasa.

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But Dong, quoting the late Chinese leader Deng Xiao Ping, said "as long
as Dalai Lama is willing to contribute for the development of China as a
Chinese citizen" there is a prospect of his return.

"He must come back as a Chinese citizen. Independence, semi-independence
or independence in disguise, is totally out of the question," Dong added.

Asked about the status of the current negotiations between the Chinese
government and the Dalai Lama's representatives, Dong said: "The first
task is to increase mutual understanding, especially on the March 14
incident".

He said China has asked the Dalai Lama not to support any move to
boycott the Beijing Olympic games due in August and not to support any
violent activities or protest against China.

He alleged that the Dalai Lama and his supporters were behind the March
14 riots as they wanted to create violence to bring the focus of the
world on Tibet when China was holding the Olympics.

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Dong said the "political position" of the Dalai Lama's representative,
as has become clear during negotiations, is "totally contrary" to the
position of the Chinese government.

"They deny that Tibet is an inalienable part of China and demand
autonomy for 'Greater Tibet'. It means the Dalai Lama should rule all
the land inhabited by Tibetans, nearly one-fourth of China, and Han
Chinese should be moved out of those areas," Dong added. He made it
clear that this was a position that was not acceptable to China.

Asked to comment on India's position on the Dalai Lama and the recent
anti-Chinese protest by Tibetan supporters in Indian cities, Dong said
Beijing was "appreciative" of the stand taken by New Delhi in preventing
anti-Chinese protests in its territories.

"We hope India can adhere to this position of preventing supporters of
Dalai Lama from using its territory to carry out anti-Chinese
activities," Dong said.

He added: "This forms a very important political basis for China-India
friendship."
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