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Dalai Lama's words hold no credibility

November 14, 2007

(Xinhua is the official press agency of the Communist Party and the 
government of China.  Signed article like this is the official 
position of the Chinese government.)

By Zang Yanping (China Daily)
Updated: 2007-11-13 07:03

The Dalai Clique repeatedly claims "the Dalai Lama's stand to solve 
the Tibet issue through reciprocal talks has never changed", "the 
Dalai Lama has long made it clear he is not seeking independence for 
Tibet and the current problem is lack of trust on the side of the 
Chinese government". Does the Dalai Lama "unswervingly" stand for 
"reciprocal talks"? Has he truly given up seeking independence for 
Tibet? Let us look back at some historical facts.

To "commemorate" the armed uprising he staged on March 10, 1959, the 
Dalai Lama releases a statement on the anniversary every year. Here 
is an analysis of his statements issued from 1960 to 2007.

In 12 statements he released from 1960 to 1977, the Dalai Lama 
pertinaciously insisted that "historically and culturally, Tibet is a 
sovereign state" and repeatedly said that he "stood fast on this claim".

In view of its relationship with China, the United States diminished 
its support for the Dalai Clique from 1978 to 1989. For the 
convenience of contact with the Chinese government, the Dalai Lama 
deliberately avoided the word "independence" in the 30 statements 
released over these years.

 From 1984 to 1989, taking advantage of China's opening up reform, 
the Dalai side scaled up their secessionist activities in Tibet and 
other Tibetan-inhabited areas. From 1984, the Dalai Lama once again 
started to incorporate "Tibetan independence" into his statements, 
but still, without the direct appearance of the word "independence". 
After thorough thinking, he put forward a "five-point scheme for 
Tibetan peace" (in 1987) and "seven new schemes" (in 1988) and 
suggested a "middle way" whose purpose was to turn proclaimed 
independence into one that was "in disguise" and "one-stop" 
independence into a step-by-step one.

 From 1989 to 1993, a string of incidents happened. The Soviet Union 
broke up, several uprisings took place in Eastern Europe and China 
experienced a serious political disturbance. Some international 
interest groups awarded the Dalai Lama the Nobel Peace Prize. In 
their wrong analysis of the situation, the Dalai Lama and his clique 
thought it was high time for "Tibetan independence". In his March 10 
statement in 1990, the Dalai Lama said "extraordinary changes are 
occurring in Eastern Europe: events which have set the pace for 
social-political change throughout the world", and proclaimed that 
"virtually all Tibetans long for nothing less than full independence".

 From then on, however, China has been socially stable and 
economically prosperous and did not undergo what the Dalai Lama 
envisioned as drastic changes. Realizing that high-profile 
independence would never work, the Dalai Clique changed their 
strategies again from 1994 to 2007 - they toned down their voices for 
independence and suggested "sincere" and "concrete" dialogues with 
the central government. They said they were "willing to solve the 
issue within the framework of the Chinese Constitution" - which, in 
detailed wording, is a proposal for "Greater Tibet" "high-degree 
autonomy" or "true autonomy" - in order to "better protect the 
language, religion and cultural heritage of Tibet".

 From my point of view, first of all, the Dalai Clique does not show 
true "sincerity" as they continued to organize protests against the 
Chinese government on a large scale and even assaulted Chinese 
embassies by force or organized forces to impair China's preparations 
for the Olympic Games.

Secondly, their "willing to solve the issue within the framework of 
the Chinese Constitution" is just a pretense. The Dalai Clique still 
state that the "five-point scheme for Tibetan peace" they put forth 
in 1987 and "seven new schemes" in 1988 are "fundamental political 
guidelines". Such a proposal of "disguised independence" will never 
find its place in the Chinese Constitution.

Lastly, their claim to retain the unique Tibetan culture is just 
rhetoric aimed at winning public opinion in the international 
community and in effect serves as a tool for their "disguised 
independence".

History clearly tells us "the Dalai Lama's stand to solve the Tibet 
issue through reciprocal talks" is not unchanging as he had stated. 
When they deem that the international situation is in their favor, 
they tone up their voices for independence, or even threaten to cut 
contacts with the central government and cease "peace talks". When 
they deem the situation is unfavorable to them, they do the opposite. 
Their schemes and strategies are ever-changing along with the 
international situation, but what remains unchanged are their 
attempts to break up China and their unceasing secessionist activities.

Xinhua News Agency
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