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Dalai Lama denounced by Beijing

November 13, 2008

China branded the Dalai Lama a would-be ethnic cleanser yesterday as
it rejected his calls for "genuine autonomy" in Tibet.
By Mure Dickie in Beijing
The Financial Times (UK)
November 11, 2008

A senior Communist party official denounced the Himalayan region's
exiled spiritual leader as a scheming "splittist". His comments will
fuel frustration among exiled Tibetans before a potentially pivotal
gathering of leading members of the diaspora in India this month.

Zhu Weiqun, vice-minister of the Communist party's United Front Work
Department, said the Dalai Lama's representatives were to blame for
the failure last week of the latest talks between the two sides.

Mr Zhu made clear that China had no in-terest in en-gaging with the
Da-lai Lama's call for "genuine au-to-nomy" for Tibetans, which he
called an attempt to promote "ethnic splitting".

"We merely talked about how the Dalai Lama should completely give up
his splittist opinions and actions and strive for the understanding
of the central authorities and all Chinese people so as to solve the
issue concerning his own prospects," he said.

"If he really were to gain power one day, he would without
compunction or sympathy carry out ethnic discrimination, apartheid
and ethnic cleansing."
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