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"Six million Tibetans" Imply a Concept of a "Greater Tibet." Says China

June 15, 2010

The Tibet Post International
June 14, 2010

Dharamshala -- In a fresh tirade against His
Holiness the Dalai Lama, a Chinese government
mouthpiece has questioned Tibetan spiritual
leader's right and authority to speak for all
Tibetans. In the article that is titled "Is the
Dalai Lama qualified to speak on the 'welfare of
6 million Tibetans?". The People's Daily
criticized His Holiness and said that the demands
that were submitted by the spiritual leader
during his talks with Chinese officials spoke
about "greater Tibet" an area that according to
the Chinese government, he has no right to talk about.

The article went on to claim that "In early 2010,
the Dalai Clique filed a note relating to the
Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for All Tibetans
to the Chinese government, requesting talks on
the welfare of 6 million Tibetans" and also said
that His Holiness the Dalai lama himself comes
from the Tibetan majority area of Qinghai that
suffered heavy damage in the April this year
which left over 10,000 Tibetan people were killed
and thousands injured. Greater Tibet consists of
all Tibetans living in four other provinces,
Sichuan, Gansu, Qinghai and Yunnan, besides Tibetan autonomous region.

The article quoted from history saying that
"Prior to the 1950s, (the occupation of Tibet by
China) Tibetan society was still extremely closed
and backwards, and the production level and the
development of the entire society were at an
exceptionally low level... Countless Tibetans
died from hunger, cold, poverty or disease, and
during this time the 14th Dalai Lama could not
even guarantee the most fundamental rights of
survival for numerous Tibetan farmers, and
therefore was and is not qualified to talk about
the welfare of 6 million Tibetans".

China refuses to recognize His Holiness the Dalai
Lama's middle-way approach and the
self-determination for the Tibetan people, saying
the Dalai Lama is not qualified to talk about the
"welfare of 6 million Tibetans." Furthermore, "6
million Tibetans" imply a concept of a "Greater
Tibet." As the 14th Dalai Lama had never managed
any Tibetan region outside Tibet, he is even
further from being qualified to discuss the "welfare of 6 million Tibetans."

The Chinese government had already earlier
rejected appeals that called Tibet being granted
special status as was prevalent in the Chinese
territories of Hong Kong and Macau, saying that
this was just a veiled request for "disguised
independence". This latest attack came just as
Tibet was being opened for international tourism.
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