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The Dalai Lama: A Separatist in Disguise

February 28, 2010

Beijing Review (people's Republic of China (PRC)
February 1, 2010

U.S. President Barack Obama's recent meeting with
the Dalai Lama has sparked strong reactions in
China. Xinhua News Agency released an article
titled "Foreign Backing Gives Dalai Lama No Room
But Doom" to reveal the illegitimate nature of
the Dalai Lama's "Tibetan Government-in-exile."
The article, bylined Yiduo, also attacked the
monk's "Tibet independence." Excerpts of the article follow:

In his five decades of exile, the Dalai Lama has
never stopped plotting to seek "Tibet
independence" through allying with foreign forces
to internationalize the so-called "Tibet issue"
and press the Chinese Government.

In recent years, he tried desperately to make
international appearances, begging for visits to
foreign countries and meeting with state leaders.
On February 18, U.S. President Barack Obama met
with the Dalai Lama despite stern warnings from China.

After the meeting, the Dalai Lama claimed that he
had the responsibility to speak for 6 million Tibetans.

However, he must have forgotten that the fate of
Tibet does not rely on him and a few foreigners,
but has always been decided by all the Chinese
people, including all ethnic minorities in the region.

'Tibet issue': a pseudo proposition

The so-called "Tibet issue" was fabricated by
imperialists to serve their intention of
invading, partitioning and containing China.

Back in 1888 and 1904, UK troops intruded into
Tibet twice, but failed to take it away from
China because of strong revolt from the Tibetan
people backed by the whole Chinese nation. Since
then, foreign forces turned to cultivating their
agents for "Tibet independence" in the upper
strata of Tibet's local ruling echelon. After
World War II, the United States directly
interfered with Tibetan affairs, sabotaging
China's cause of national unification and liberation of the people.

In order to maintain a theocratic feudal serfdom,
local rulers in Tibet colluded with foreigners
first to violently resist the peaceful liberation
of Tibet and then start an armed rebellion against democratic reforms.

In 1954, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency
(CIA) recruited spies among Tibetans, sent them
for training and then secretly took them back to
China. The United States had been supplying
weapons and ammunition to these spies through
secret border transport and air-dropping.

In March 1959 when the Dalai Lama and his
followers failed in an insurgency and fled Tibet,
he was closely accompanied by a CIA radio
operator who helped keep contact with outside
forces and guided them to air-drop materials to the fleeing group.

Since 1959, the Dalai Lama has been relying on
foreign forces. A declassified document showed
the United States spent up to $1.66 million on
the "Tibet project" in 1964 alone. The money was
spent supporting 2,100 "Tibet guerrillas," buying
equipment and educating senior "Tibet officials."
Other expenditures included transport and intelligence training.

Meanwhile, the Dalai Lama received an allowance
of $180,000, a huge amount of money compared with
the salary of $100,000 for the then U.S. president.

We can say the "Tibet issue" would have vanished
long ago if foreign forces had not made every effort to support the Dalai Lama.

In recent years, foreign financial support to the
Dalai Lama and his followers has become a little
more hidden, but remained equally strong.

Despite a serious financial crisis, the U.S.
Government's 2009 fiscal budget planned $16.8
million for the Dalai clique, an increase of 25
percent over the previous year. It also "paid"
the clique in the name of non-governmental
organizations and foundations or by inviting the Dalai Lama to give sermons.

Another approach adopted by foreign forces in
sensationalizing the "Tibet issue" is to prettify
the Dalai Lama and heighten his status.

In 1989 when the world witnessed drastic changes,
the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Various "honors" came to him afterward, which
became "reasons" for some politicians to meet with him.

Even in the poor and weak old China, imperialists
and local separatist forces in Tibet could not
succeed in splitting the region from China. Any
"Tibet independence" conspiracy nowadays is no
different from a farce as socialist China grows increasingly stronger.

Illegitimate clique

The Dalai Lama tries very hard to legitimize his
clique, but in fact he is just a card in the hand
of foreign forces to serve their China strategies.

In 2008, the "Note Relating to the Memorandum on
Genuine Autonomy for All Tibetans" spread by the
Dalai Lama clique once again claimed that the
"Tibetan Government-in-exile" symbolized the
interests of Tibetans and represented the Tibetan people.

After the "note" was rebutted by the Chinese
Government, the clique recently made up an
interpretation, claiming it is beyond doubt at
any time that the Dalai Lama is the legal representative of Tibetan people.

In fact, the Dalai Lama and the so-called
"Tibetan Government-in-exile," which is the
"Central Tibetan Administration of His Holiness
the Dalai Lama" in full, are the very same thing.
Neither is legitimate at all. They are merely a
political clique raised by foreign forces to be
engaged in activities aimed at splitting the motherland.

In 1951, the local government of Tibet signed
with the Central Government the 17-Point
Agreement on the peaceful liberation of Tibet.

The Dalai Lama telegraphed the Central Government
with pledges to advocate and assist the People's
Liberation Army in strengthening national
defense, driving out imperialist forces and
safeguarding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the motherland.

Given the agreement, the local government headed
by the Dalai Lama was legitimate at the time.

On March 10, 1959, the ruling class of the
Tibetan local government launched an armed
rebellion and declared "Tibet independence." The
Dalai Lama announced the founding of a
"provisional government" headed by him as he was
fleeing from the Norbulingka Palace in Lhasa.
Later, outside China, he worked out a string of
activities demonstrating "Tibet independence."

On March 28, 1959, Premier Zhou Enlai issued a
State Council decree to dismiss the local
government of Tibet given their rebellious act
that defied the 17-Point Agreement. The mandate
of the local government was replaced by the
Preparatory Committee for the Tibet Autonomous Region.

Therefore, the so-called "Tibetan
Government-in-exile," which lumped together the
rebels, was against the interests of all ethnic
groups in Tibet and also illegal.

In October 1963, the "Tibetan
Government-in-exile" released a "Tibet
Constitution," claiming that Tibet was an
"independent nation" and the Dalai Lama was in
charge of the "Tibetan Government." The Dalai
Lama claimed that "it is not true that Tibet is
part of China" and demanded "China withdraw from
Tibet." The plot manifested the fact that the
illegal government wanted to break with the Chinese Constitution and laws.

On December 17, 1964, a plenary session of the
State Council passed a decision to remove the
Dalai Lama from his post. The document said he
had alienated himself from the motherland and the
people after his plots of launching the armed
rebellion in 1959, organizing a government in
exile and framing the bogus constitution.

Consequently, the Dalai Lama and his "Tibetan
Government-in-exile" are illegal in nature and
are not eligible to represent Tibet and the
people living there. Not a single country in the
world has ever recognized such a "Tibetan
Government-in-exile." Any foreign leaders who
meet with the monk on any pretext are considered
to be supporting the illegal political organization that means to split China.

U.S. President Barack Obama's meeting with the
Dalai Lama grossly violated the basic norms
governing international relations, and ran
counter to the principles set forth in the three
China-U.S. joint communiqués and the China-U.S. Joint Statement.

It also went against the repeated commitments
made by the U.S. Government that the United
States recognizes Tibet as part of China and
gives no support to "Tibet independence." It was
markedly inconsistent with the spirit of
abolition of slavery upheld by late U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.

Self-claimed "son of India"

When some foreign groups claim they support the
Dalai Lama for the protection of the distinct
Tibetan religion, culture and language, it is
also a question as to whether the monk himself is a Tibetan.

On March 31, 2009, the Dalai Lama said to the
media in New Delhi that he was a son of India. He
repeated the claim at an international conference
on November 22 later that year. He made it more
clearly at the opening ceremony of an
international Buddhist conference held in Gujarat
State in India on January 16 this year, saying,
"It is indisputable that I am a son of India. In
the past 50 years I have been living on Indian
food and India has presented great opportunities
for me. For these reasons, I see myself as a son
of India and I am proud of that. I am a Tibetan
in appearance because my parents are Tibetans, but spiritually I am Indian."

The statements should not be judged as words on a
whim. On January 23, 2007, he told the Indian
media that in 1914, both the then Tibetan
Government and India, which was under the British
rule, recognized the McMahon Line, which meant,
according to the then agreement, "Arunachal Pradesh" was part of India.

He said to the British media on August 10, 2009,
that the McMahon region was indeed a complicated
problem but the place belonged to India after
1914 though there were different claims in
history. The monk's statement was echoed by
senior officials of the "Tibetan
Government-in-exile." Actually, the so-called
"Arunachal Pradesh" and McMahon region, which
cover more than 90,000 square km, were all
governed by the local government in Tibet in the Chinese history.

It is the birthplace of the sixth Dalai Lama and
boasts temples built by the fifth Dalai Lama. The
McMahon Line has never been recognized by the Chinese Government at any time.

How can the Dalai Lama, who on the one hand seeks
a "Greater Tibet" that would cover not only Tibet
Autonomous Region but also all other
Tibetan-inhabited areas in China, and on the
other presents the land of ancestors to foreign
countries, be representative of the Tibetan
people? Is such a person in a position to talk
about religion, culture, language and human
rights? It only testifies to his plot of
splitting the nation by counting on foreign
forces. And it justifies the necessity of the
Central Government to demand the Dalai Lama
recognize Tibet is an inalienable part of the Chinese territory.

The Dalai Lama told the media at a press
conference in Tokyo on October 31, 2009, that the
Chinese Government saw him as a troublemaker, so
his responsibility was to make more trouble. The
act of pressing the Central Government by
sabotaging China's relations with other countries
would only worsen his relation with the Central
Government and cause nationwide resentment
against him. He will taste the bitter fruits of his plots in the long run.
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