China Voice: The "middle way" psychosis does Tibet no good

2015-04-15 10:20:44 GMT2015-04-15 18:20:44(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

BEIJING, April 15 (Xinhua) -- As prosperity increases, it is the development of Tibet which has dealt the heaviest blow to the Dalai Lama's "middle way", weasel words for a strategy designed to bring about the disintegration of China.

According to a white paper released on Wednesday, Tibet's gross regional product was around 80 billion yuan (over 13 billion U.S. dollars) last year, 10 billion more than in 2013.

The population of Tibet in 2013 was more than 3 million with an average life expectancy of 68.2 years, three times the population and double the life expectancy of the early 1950s.

Ignoring all this progress and insisting on the "middle way" is nothing short of neurotic. It shows the Dalai Lama and his gang in their true light - a selfish cabal intent on "Tibetan independence" that will benefit only them; their "concern" for the millions of residents purely pharisaical.

What on earth is this "middle way"?

The approach seeks to set up a "Greater Tibet" that has never existed at any time in history. It does not admit that Tibet has been an integral part of China since ancient times, does not follow national laws and policies, does not allow the presence of the national military, and prevents other ethnic groups from entering.

The approach has been been conjured up from time to time by the Dalai clique as they have modified their pursuit of "Tibetan independence" over the years.

"Tibetan independence" was touted as an initial slogan after the failed coup in March 1959. In the late 1970s when relations between China and the United States improved, they shifted their demands from open independence to the "middle way".

After the collapse of the Soviet Union and the drastic changes in Eastern Europe in 1989, "complete independence" came back on the radar once again, and the term miraculously flipped over to the "middle way" again after 1994. It is not exactly an ancient notion steeped in tradition, not in this sense. In Buddhism, the "middle way" is the simply a path between two extremes. For the Dalai Lama it is not theology; it is an advertising slogan.

The Dalai Lama encourages lamas and lay followers to engage in self-immolation, counter to the basic tenets of Buddhism, which condemn killing and suicide. Buddhism advocates the avoidance of extremity, but there is ample evidence that the Dalai group has been behind a series of "extreme' events, including the March 14 riot in Lhasa in 2008, when 18 people were burnt or hacked to death, and almost 400 were injured.

Reflecting on a bloody history of extremes, how exactly is a moderate man to follow this mythical "middle way" trumpeted by the Dalai clique?

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