|Article exposes ill intention of Dalai Lama's sabotage of ethnic relations (08/18/09)|
BEIJING, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- A signed article Tuesday accused the Dalai Lama of using ungrounded and self-contradictory argument to comment on and damage the relations between the Han and Tibetan people.
The article's author, Zhang Yun, an expert with the China Tibetology Research Center in Beijing, said the Dalai Lama used his "adept presentation skill and fluent English" to make speeches worldwide, but many of his words relating to the Tibet issue was self-contradictory.
His talk at the Tibetan-Chinese Conference on Aug. 6 to 8 in Geneva, Switzerland, was evidence of it, Zhang said.
Following is an excerpt from the article:
In his speech at the conference, the Dalai Lama said, "In March last year Beijing has labeled those who peacefully demonstrated their dissatisfaction with policies towards minority nationalities, particularly Tibetans as being anti-Chinese, thus fanning racial antagonism and hatred between the Tibetan and Chinese peoples ....it has resulted in baseless suspicion and distrust between the two communities."
Is this a fact?
Let's turn to history. From the history we see that the Dalai Lama had a special skill of creating conflict between the Han and Tibetan people. After signing the 17-Article Agreement with the central government to emancipate Tibet through peaceful means, he wrote to then Chairman Mao Zedong, saying he would assist the People's Liberation Army to strengthen national defense and dispel imperialists out of China so as to safeguard the integrity of the nation's land sovereignty.
But in early July the next year, the Dalai Lama sent a message to a general consulate of the United States in India's Calcutta, telling Americans that the Tibetan people would not support the Han people and Tibetan people were Tibetan.
He said he hoped the U.S. government could offer material and spiritual support to the "Tibetan government" at an appropriate time.
Aristocrats in Tibet launched an armed rebellion in 1959, with a slogan -- "people eating tsamba (Tibetans) driving away people eating rice (Han)." The aim of the Dalai Lama was to create conflict between the two ethnic groups.
After three decades of reform and opening up, inflicting ethnic conflict has become a "magic weapon" for the Dalai Lama to destroy Tibet's stability and development.
In his "five basic component peace plan" issued in September 1987, the Dalai Lama asked for the "abandonment of China's population transfer policy which threatens the very existence of the Tibetans as a people".
This "peace plan" said, "Today, in the whole of Tibet 7.5 million Chinese settlers have already been sent, outnumbering the Tibetan population of 6 million."
In 2007, the Dalai Lama said, "The fight over Tibet is between different ethnic groups, and it will carry on no matter whether I live or die."
On March 25, 2008, he told the U.S. Newsweek that he "occasionally met affluent Tibetans who are economically sound, who have good housing," but "as Tibetans they feel some kind of subtle discrimination by the Chinese".
The Wall Street Journal reported on Aug. 14 that the Dalai Lama said the Chinese government would ask 1 million Han people to emigrate to Tibet after the Beijing Olympics.
He said Tibetan people felt dissatisfied about the surge of Han people into Tibet, believing that Beijing was trying to dilute the Tibetan culture.
During his interview with the German newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau on March 8 this year, the Dalai Lama said that "Tibetans' frustration and anger toward China are gradually increasing."
"At the same time, many ethnic Han Chinese have purchased weapons and are ready to fire," he said, adding he was very worried that conflicts may suddenly arise.
He said in an annual statement on March 10, 2009, "Even today, Tibetans in Tibet live in constant fear and the Chinese authorities remain constantly suspicious of them. Today, the religion, culture, language and identity, which successive generations of Tibetans have considered more precious than their lives, are nearing extinction; in short, the Tibetan people are regarded like criminals deserving to be put to death."
His words prove that the Dalai Lama is not guarding ethnic unity. On one side, he asked the Han people to move out of the so-called region of "Greater Tibet", but on the other, he denied he had said that.
This type of self-contradictory behavior from the Dalai Lama is well known.
The Chinese government has always advocated that all ethnic groups cannot be separated from each other, and the law bans any provocation of ethnic tension. Is there any evidence to prove that it is the Chinese government that stirs ethnic tensions?
IS "TIBET ISSUE" CAUSED BY PLA'S ENTRY INTO TIBET?
In an interview with BBC's online Chinese edition on Aug. 6, the Dalai Lama blamed the People's Liberation Army (PLA) as "the root cause" of the Tibet issue.
He said the cause of the Tibet issue was not civil war or internal problems among Tibetans, but the arrival of the PLA. He accused the PLA of using force to control everything.
During the interview, the Dalai Lama avoided using the term "Han Chinese" or the "red Han Chinese". But in the past he had always used expressions like the "Han nationality" or the "Han Chinese" when mentioning the history of the peaceful liberation of Tibet and the PLA's entry into Tibet. Clearly, in the past, he attempted to parallel the PLA with the Han Chinese.
Also, by repeatedly claiming that "the Han Chinese invade Tibet" or "China invades Tibet", the Dalai Lama wants to create an impression that Tibet is an independent country, and it is the Han Chinese's entry into Tibet that caused "ethnic conflicts".
It is ridiculous and baseless for the Dalai Lama to refer to so-called "conflicts between the Tibetan and Han Chinese" as the Tibet issue. The real Tibet issue is the fact that the imperialist forces, led by the British, invaded China in the 19th century and early 20th century. They intended to seek "Tibet independence" by supporting the upper-class separatists in Tibet. Those separatist activities not only harmed national unity, but also severely damaged the harmony among ethnic groups.
A meeting at Simla (Now Shimla) in then British India in 1914, backed by Britain, went further to try to separate Tibet from China. After the meeting the upper-class separatists in Tibet continued to try to separate Tibet from China, and in the 1940s they tried to drive the Han Chinese out of Tibet.
The real unity between the Tibetan and the Han Chinese took place after the peaceful liberation of Tibet in 1951, as a result of an agreement between the central government and Tibet's local government, and the entry of the PLA into Tibet. Only after the liberation, Tibetans no longer suffered humiliation caused by the invasion of imperialists. Thanks to the same reason, the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama, who then administrated two different regions of Tibet, reached reconciliations.
What the PLA did after entering Tibet, such as building roads and bridges and providing medical treatment to locals, have long be remembered and praised by Tibetan people. But now the Dalai Lama tries to ignore even distort the history. This is indeed a fallacy.
After the Xinjiang riot on July 5, the Dalai Lama chose to stand by the side of the separatists. In his statement on the deadly riot that killed nearly 200 people, the Dalai Lama called Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region "East Turkestan", an obvious hint that he did not recognize that Xinjiang is a part of China.
During an interview with the BBC, the Dalai Lama said, "The last 60 years of policy regarding different nationality or ethnic groups, not only in China's case but also in the former Soviet Union, is a failure."
The Dalai Lama's comment on China's policy of ethnic groups is a total distortion.
To ensure that all ethnic people living in China could enjoy their rights and interests, the government has adopted the administrative system of regional autonomy of ethnic minorities.
By carrying out the system in the five autonomous regions, the government has trained lots of cadres of ethnic minorities and the regions have achieved great progress in economic and social constructions with the minorities' religious freedom and ethnic traditions well preserved.
China's policy of ethnic minorities will continue to be improved to secure the national unity, solidarity and people's interests of all ethnic groups.
Regarding the Dalai Lama's comment, if he has no ulterior motive, then his words are too cursory and he must be ignorant of the government's policy.
The Dalai Lama has lied many times in commenting China's policies and Tibet's history. Many people are asking when the Dalai Lama will stop lying, but I would rather think that it is too hard for him.
The Dalai Lama tried all means to beautify the reign of his Kashag, the exiled Cabinet, which had conducted had cruelly ruled the people living in Tibet. At the same time, the Dalai Lama pretends to be a moralist and peacemaker.
The Dalai Lama and his followers in exile cannot represent the Tibetan people, and the people who try to plot separatist activities will never succeed. If the Dalai Lama truly wants to maintain ethnic solidarity, he should take real actions.