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08:59 Mar 31 2009

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Western paradox on "Tibet issue"
08:59, March 31, 2009  

There is a strange phenomenon in some western countries: diplomatically they all admit that Tibet is part of China, but in public opinion or on the non-government level, they endorse the Dalai Lama and his clique's advocacy of "Tibet independence."

According to Liu Wei, Tibetologist and Xinhua senior journalist who has lived and worked in Tibet for more than 20 years, there are several accounts for this paradox:

The western countries often overlook the fact that while being a famous religious figure and spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama has also been the biggest serf owner and a political leader in old Tibet.

"Religion is simply a political tool he employs by taking advantage of the westerners' interests in spiritual exercises," said Liu.

Sufficient evidence shows every one in the Dalai lineage is a big serf owner. Taking the 14th Dalai Lama, for example, there were 27 manors and over 30 ranches under his name, and more than 300 serfs as his private asset. Data from the White Paper on the Democratic Reform in Tibet show, he used to squeeze 462,000 kg of highland barley, 35,000 kg of ghee, 100,000 kg of Tibetan silver annually out of the serfs. He himself amassed 8000 kg of gold, more than 1,75 million kg of silver, and more than 20,000 pieces of jewelry and jadewares.

Before the 1980s, the world did not notice much of the Dalai Lama's activity, whose influence was limited. However, after the conclusion of the Cold War, the U.S. emerged as the domination in the global power structure. China, in its own way, grew stronger with its rapid economic development and construction of a socialist society with Chinese characteristics.

"Some western countries couldn't stand the fact that a communist country, led by a communist party, did not collapse as they'd predicted, but became more powerful and prosperous. They would never forgo any chance to hamper and hinder China's development," Liu continued.

In 1987, the" Five Point Peace Plan" brought forward by the Dalai Lama at the U.S. Congress was lauded to the skies because he provided the western forces with an excellent excuse to interfere with China's internal affairs.

Riots in the always-peaceful Lhasa followed his U.S. Congress speech and never ceased ever since. For this the western countries lavished praises on him and even awarded him a Nobel Peace Prize.

After 1989, the "democratic and civilized" countries, mainly in the west, began to impose a series of sanctions against China.

Issues of human rights and religion were brought up over and over again to attack China's polices.

The reason why some figures in western politics and media extol the Dalai Lama with ecstatic enthusiasm, according to Liu, is that he created an issue, which furnishes the western forces with the best pretext to hamper China's development: the so-called "Tibet issue."

"To begin with, Tibet is not and has never been an issue for China, but oddly enough, the 'Tibet issue' has now become international."

Liu Wei explained, there are four points in the "Tibet issue." The first is the status of Tibet, i.e. its "sovereignty." The second is the"cultural genocide," which the Dalai Lama would bring up wherever he goes and which never fails to be a target of attack in bills of the U.S. congress. The third is "violation of human rights" and "mass migration making Tibetans a minority group." The last is the "middle way" of nonviolence and non-independence.

"The key of the 'Tibet issue' is the fallacy that 'Tibet was a peaceful country before 1959.' This totally negates China's sovereignty over the region, therefore fulfills exactly the wishes of some western countries," he said.

While lashing at China's policies, the Dalai "government in exile" has never contributed a single penny to Tibet's development and done a good deed for the former serfs, nor have the countries as U.S., U.K, and France.

"History of Tibet and its serfdom has proved the 'Tibet issue' to be non-existant and a sheer lie," Liu concluded.

Liu said he sometimes felt sorry for the Dalai Lama now in his 70s with a poor health and wished he could have a better health and do something beneficial to the Tibetan people as a living Buddha.

Source: Xinhuanet

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