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Obama might further disorient the Dalai Lama

10:56, February 21, 2010

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By Li Hongmei People's Daily Online

The exiled 14th Dalai Lama got so intoxicated and disoriented on an international occasion November 22, 2009, that he even publicly stated he was the "son of India", in that he "has fed on Indian food" since fleeing China half a century ago, thus positioning "His Holiness" as an object of the worldwide ridicule. On the surface, the Dalai Lama still keeps the common sense that he shouldn't bite the hand that is feeding him. But perhaps, it is the plausible reason to explain why he could turn to bite the hand that has fed him.

He again stressed his position as the "son of India" at the turn of the year, further elaborating on his rhetoric by saying that physically he is Tibetan, but spiritually he is already an Indian. To fend off further taunts and jibes, Lodi Gyari, the "private representative" of the Dalai Lama, argued in favor of "His Holiness" during the just concluded contacts and talks with the Chinese Central Government explaining that the Dalai Lama means his Buddhism belief originates from India, and on this basis he views himself as the "spiritual son" of India. But wouldn't it be self-contradictory to put it that way ?

As a matter of fact, the religious and cultural communications between the civilizations can date back to a long history ago, and even in ancient times, the exchanges of the kind turned out to be abundantly constant and extensive. Would it be that a person was the "son" of an alien culture simply because he had learnt something from the culture? Take Lodi Gyari himself, he also claimed to have learnt the profound "spirit" from some Western power, would he one day abruptly declare he is the "son" of that country?

Judging by what the Dalai Lama has said and done, who dares to believe that such a person, who has even forgotten his own origins, will prove of high integrity and fine dignity?

Some foreign media just add fuel to the flames contributing a wide coverage to the Dalai Lama's loud self-identification, this enraging the Chinese of all ethnicities, and in particular, making the exiled monk more repulsive to the Tibetan people. A Tibetan netizen wrote to People Daily Online Forum, pointedly asking why the Indian Dalai still sent his "envoy" to the Chinese Central Government to have a talk over "Tibet issues". Many also echo the statement remarking how a foreigner could nose into China's internal affairs.

No wonder the Dalai Lama could maintain the composure feeling so at ease when he toured the encroached ancestral land for Tibetans. Nay, it should be "Arunachal Pradesh" in his Indian parlance. Under the pretext to pay pilgrimage, he even set foot on the Tawang soil, the birth place for the 6th Dalai Lama and a place which is in history under the jurisdiction of the Chinese Tibetan local government. What is behind his brazen behavior is his outlandish "readiness" to take the robber for his father, and his unmatchable "courage" to cut off from the ancestral line.

No wonder the 14th Dalai Lama could so desperately side with India making irresponsible remarks over that outrageous British-drawn McMahon Line. Yes, he is the Indian Dalai, and no more. He has gone too far to return on a route completely running counter to the general will and wish of the Tibetan people and the national interests of the whole Chinese. To fulfill his daydream of "Greater Tibet", which is, in essence, "Tibetan independence" in a disguised form, he and his followers would carry on frenzied wrecking activities to incite hatred among the Chinese ethnicities, fabricate lies vilifying China's favorable policies in Tibet. And what's more, the 14th Dalai Lama has long been engaging in activities geared to sell out China's territory and sovereignty and betray the basic interests of the Tibetans.

Now that the U.S. President Barack Obama would prefer to go back on his word, turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to the three Sino-US joint Communiques and to the Chinese intense oppositions; neither does he take heed to the already volatile China-US relations nor the feelings of the Chinese people, obstinately hosting the "son of India" in White House, he must have been ascertained the disoriented Dalai Lama could still find his way back "home" on exiting the Map Room. Hopefully, Obama would not further confuse the globe-trotting political monk clad in saffron, as in fact the exiled monk himself has little sense about how much a stable and well-off life means to the people of Tibet and still lives under the illusion that he could someday resume feudal serfdom within the vast Chinese Tibetan territory.

Perhaps, the foreign backing would embolden the Dalai's lunatic ravings but could do nothing in coercing China to move an inch in terms of its core interests.

"One should never expect the Chinese to swallow the bitter pill which harms their benefits," as the Chinese late leader Deng Xiaoping put it.

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Li Hongmei, editor and columnist of PD Online.


Li HongLi Hong

After 19 years working for China Daily and its website, Li Hong moved to english.people.com.cn in March 2009.

Li has been a reporter and column writer, mainly on China's economy and politics.

He was graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University, and once studied in University of Hawaii and the Poynter Institute in Florida.

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Gavin Jon Mowat, editor and columnist for People's Daily Online.

As a graduate from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK, Gavin came to Beijing 2 years ago to study Chinese.

Enjoying the culture and traditions of the orient so much, Gavin has since left his home in Scotland and is now living and working in China.

Gavin uses his background in writing to share his experiences of China with you at People's Daily Online.