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Foreign media: China to take harder line on Tibet-related issues
09:30, March 10, 2010  

Western press published quite a few precautionary articles before the protests launched by some Tibetan exiles March 10, 2009. However, western press focused more attention this year on the Tibet-related issues discussed at the NPC and CPPCC sessions and overlooked the protests held by Tibetan exiles, according to a report published by Global Times March 9.

Padma Choling, chairman of Tibet Autonomous Region, and Nur Bekri, chairman of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, jointly attended a press conference March 7, attracting wide attention.

"The Voice of America" reported March 7 that Trily stated at the press conference that the Dalai Lama does not have the final say on the reincarnation issue and there is no need to excessively discuss this issue at this moment while the Dalai Lama is still alive, and "let us wait until the Dalai Lama is dead and then we can talk about it."

According to Agence France-Press (AFP), the issue of who will succeed the Dalai Lama looms as potentially explosive after an outburst of anti-Chinese violence in March 2008 and Trily, in a rare comment on the sensitive issue, indicated that China will take a harder line on this issue.

According to a report from Reuters, Trily said in a speech that the Dalai Lama has sent mixed messages on the reincarnation issue, "He once said that reincarnation exists but stated on another occasion that reincarnation does not exist. He also said that a boy or a girl both from China and foreign countries can be appointed the reincarnated soul of the Dalai Lama. So we do not know what he really wants to say." The report pointed out that the Chinese official said this for the purpose of laughing at the monk.

Some Chinese experts hold that it is impossible for the monk to defeat the Chinese government on the reincarnation issue.

Lian Xiangmin, a researcher from the China Tibetology Research Center, said that there is a religious system concerning reincarnation in history as reincarnation is a religious issue. However, the Dalai Clique frequently denies the existence of such a system. Since the Qing Dynasty, a complete set of religious rituals has taken shape. For example, every reincarnated soul of the Dalai Lama is subject to the approval of the Central Government. At the same time, a golden urn system took effect during the Emperor Qianlong period. All of the above-mentioned facts have been widely accepted by Tibetan Buddhist's. Now, the Dalai Lama frequently sends mixed messages on this issue in a bid to deny the reincarnation system. He dares to undermine the traditions of Tibetan Buddhism for the purpose of meeting his own political goals.

By People's Daily Online

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