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Top negotiator claims Dalai Lama lies

December 8, 2009

* Source: Global Times
[02:55 December 08 2009]
By Xie Rongbin and Duan Congcong

<Global Times is a Chinese government run media>

In an exclusive interview with the Global Times, Zhu Weiqun, vice
minister of the United Front Work Department (UFWD) of the CPC Central
Committee, dismissed recent remarks by the Dalai Lama that China is
aware that he is not seeking an independent Tibet.

"This is yet another lie from the Dalai Lama," Zhu told reporters
Monday. "I represent the government during talks with his man. It is
impossible for me, or anyone from my team, to say something like ?the
Dalai Lama has stopped separatist activities.'"

During a visit to Australia earlier this month, the Dalai Lama said in
Sydney that, during the fifth-round of talks in 2006, officials from the
UFWD had told his representative, Lodi Gyari, that they knew the Dalai
Lama hadn't sought an independent Tibet, according to Voice of Tibet Radio.

Thus, any comments since then by the Chinese government condemning his
separat-ist acts were pure political propaganda, the radio reported.

"During the talks with Gyari, he did tell me that the Dalai Lama had no
intention of seeking independence and was willing to solve the issue
under the Chinese Constitution," Zhu said. "What he said was good, but
still far from enough. The ?middle way' solution the Dalai Lama proposed
still claims Tibet as occupied by China and demands the abolishment of
the current social system. His so-called ?greater Tibet' idea also
demands the pull-out of all non-Tibetans and military from
Tibetan-inhabited areas."

"Those ideas all oppose the Chinese constitution and the Law on Regional
National Autonomy. He should seriously rethink his ?middle way' plan and
make thorough explana-tions," Zhu said, adding that this is not the
first time the Dalai Lama has spoken such lies.

"He made similar remarks last April in Seattle. Shortly after that,
Gyari told me in Shenzhen that the Dalai Lama misinterpreted my words in
2006. I asked him to warn the Dalai Lama about repeating such mistakes.
However, the same thing happened again in May and June that year and in
August this year. I wouldn't be surprised if he brings up the same lie
again in the future," he said.

Zhu also pointed out that, no matter how the Dalai Lama repeats the
lies, Gyari has always remained silent in the corner, which may reflect
the dilemma of Gyari: while refusing perjury in favor of the Dalai Lama,
he is either reluctant or unable to correct his master.

Given the fact that each meeting with Gyari is tape recorded, Zhu
encouraged Gyari to tell the truth.

As to the Dalai Lama's motives for the lies, Zhu said he might be trying
to provide himself with an exit amid the political mess.

By allegedly masterminding the March 14 riots in Lhasa last year, the
Dalai Lama had intended to hijack the Beijing Olympics to broker talks
with Beijing to achieve a breakthrough on independence, "but only in
vain," Zhu said.

Shortly after the riots, the Dalai Lama called the slaying of innocent
citizens a "peaceful demonstration" and denied his demands for the
withdrawal of the military and non-Tibetans. He never admitted his lies
even after being exposed, Zhu added.
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