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Official: Dalai Lama "stubborn in talks, not true to his word"

2009-03-26 06:28:11 GMT2009-03-26 14:28:11 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

BEIJING, March 26 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese central government official has criticized the Dalai Lama and his followers on Thursday for being "stubborn in talks" and "failing to honor their promises".

Zhu Weiqun, vice minister of the United Front Work Department (UFWD) of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, expounded on his stance in an interview carried Thursday in the overseas edition of the People's Daily, the CPC's flagship newspaper.

Zhu has been dealing with Tibet-related issues since 1998 and has been personally involved in all the contacts and talks with the Dalai Lama side since 2003.

When asked to describe the attitude of the Dalai Lama and his supporters in the talks, Zhu said they were "very difficult to talk with and very stubborn."

Nine rounds of talks have been held between Chinese central government officials and the Dalai Lama's private envoys since 2002, three of which were in last year.

"The last round of talks was actually stuck in a very difficult position. Many asked me if that meant a breakdown," he said, referring to a discussion Oct. 31 to Nov. 5, when the Dalai Lama's private representatives, Lodi Gyari and Kelsang Gyaltsen, were in China.

"I didn't worry about it too much, for it has been like that in each and every of the last nine talks," he said.

The Shenzhen talks on May 4 last year were the first between the two sides after the March 14 Lhasa riot. During the talks, Zhu told the Dalai Lama envoys to stop divisive activities, stop violence and stop sabotaging the Beijing Olympic Games. The Dalai Lama's envoys, on the other hand, denied their part in the Lhasa riot.

In the July discussions, the Dalai Lama's representatives said they had no problems following the "four not-to-supports" put forward by the central authorities.

The four promises included: not supporting activities that would disturb the Beijing Olympic Games; not supporting plots inciting violent criminal activities; not supporting and concretely curbing violent terrorist activities of the pro-secession "Tibetan Youth Congress"; not supporting any argument and activity seeking "Tibetan independence" and splitting the region from the country.

"But what did they do then? They absolutely forgot to carry out their promise and did not stop boycotting and destroying the Beijing Olympics," Zhu said. "Instead, they intensified sabotaging activities and continued to attack the central government."

"They supported the 'Tibetan Youth Congress' and other organizations to publicly advocate 'Tibetan independence' and fanned or organized violent criminal activities," Zhu said. "They also continued to set up a claim to internationalize the Tibet issue, trying to make use of foreigners to press the central government."

"They continued to collude with such dregs as overseas democracy activists, 'Falungong elements' and 'Eastern Turkistan terrorists,' trying to form so-called 'united front work' to oppose the central government and split the motherland," he said. "All of these have caused the Chinese people strong aversion to their actions."

As early as the 1980s, high ranking officials from the central authorities had told a delegation to the Dalai Lama it was impossible to change Tibet into a country, to carry out a "high degree of autonomy" or to create a larger Tibet autonomous region.

"However, more than two decades have passed, they still use this trick to talk in a roundabout way with central authorities," Zhu said. "That showed they lacked sincerity."

"For the contacts and talks' failing to make progress, they should bear full responsibility," he said.

The Dalai Lama has been assuming an image of non-violence on many international occasions. With the placard of "non-violence" in hand, he on the other hand turned a blind eye to violent activities, the official said.

"Many people died in the March 14 Lhasa riot, and he called it a peaceful protest and said he wouldn't ask Tibetans to stop. Was it the so-called non-violence and wasn't he inciting violence? " Zhu questioned.

The official said the central government had shown tolerance and patience toward the Dalai Lama over the years of contacts and talks.

In 1959, the Dalai Lama fled abroad after a failed armed rebellion, and then declared he would seek Tibet independence. At the beginning of the 1960s, he and his followers, with foreign support and armed with foreign weapons, harassed the Chinese border for 10 years. He then said he wanted to stop "Tibet independence" at the beginning of the 1980s, and the central government immediately contacted with him and invited those close to him back to China for talks and visits for 20 times, Zhu said.

However, he wrongly assessed the situation at the beginning of the 1990s and declared he wouldn't talk with "a regime that would soon collapse," and stopped contact with the central government in 1993. Their expectations failed to deliver and they then proposed for contacts again. So starting 2002, the central government began to talk with them again, Zhu said.

"The process shows that the central government has been lenient and expected the Dalai Lama to choose the right path," Zhu said, "our door remains open as always."

BEIJING, March 25 (Xinhua) -- Chinese tibetologist You Xiangfei published an article on China Daily Wednesday, revealing the truth behind the Dalai Lama's "peaceful" rhetoric.

Crowned with the Nobel Peace prize, Dainzin Gyaco, the 14th Dalai Lama, has long proclaimed to be a "person of non-violence", propagating his "persistent adherence to the principle of non-violence" and saying this has been his "unwavering commitment” to the outside world, said You, a researcher at the Sichuan Institute of Tibetology Research.

BEIJING, March 25 (Xinhua) -- Raidi, a former Tibetan serf and vice chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, has called the Dalai Lama and his political backers the "chief representatives" of the theocratic, feudal serfdom of the old Tibet.

"They have confronted the fundamental interests of the mass of working people who make up the majority of the Tibetan population and they have irreconcilable contradictions with the requirements of social development and progress and the development trends of human society," said Raidi in an article.

BEIJING, March 24 (Xinhua) -- An article to be published Wednesday in the People's Daily, the Guangming Daily and other Chinese newspapers under the byline of Yi Duo provides insight into the intricate relations between the Dalai Lama and feudal serfdom.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the emancipation of millions of serfs and slaves in old Tibet, and the Tibetan regional legislature has endorsed a bill making March 28 the annual Serfs Emancipation Day in the region.

BEIJING, March 23 (Xinhua) -- The "genuine autonomy for the Tibetan people" advocated by the Dalai Lama is another term for "Tibet independence," said a signed commentary published in Monday's Global Times, a major Chinese newspaper.

The commentary, published under the byline Lin Feng, said the "genuine autonomy" in the "Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for the Tibetan People" published in November 2008 ran counter to the Chinese Constitution and related laws.

BEIJING, March 6 (Xinhua) -- As the most unstable element for Tibet and representative of serf owners, the Dalai Lama is not qualified for talking about human rights, said a senior official here Friday afternoon.

"There is no historical evidence or present ground for the so called 'Greater Tibet' and 'high degree of autonomy', which are also against the will of the Tibetan people," Qiangba Puncog, chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Region, told a press conference on sideline with the annual session of the National People's Congress (NPC).

BEIJING, March 6 (Xinhua) -- Sabotage from the Dalai Lama group remains the biggest obstacle in the way of Tibet's development, Lhasa Mayor Doje Cezhug said Friday.

Doje made the remarks at a panel discussion of lawmakers from Tibet.

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