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The Dalai Lama becoming less relevant worldwide
08:41, March 18, 2010  

On March 10 of every year, the Dalai Lama usually makes shocking statements to attract international attention. This year, he clearly voiced his support for the East Turkistan Independence Movement for the first time. A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that there was nothing new in the Dalai Lama's statement, and foreign media groups also kept silent about it.

In fact, looking at the Dalai Lama's recent activities and reactions from the outside world, we can find that the Dalai Lama is now gradually losing his popularity among Western media groups. Shocking statements he has made such as, "I am a son of India," and "the reincarnation system should end," cannot stir up any disturbances and help him win support from the Western world. Instead, they can only serve as to make him laughing stock of the world. This may disappoint the old monk who is in his 70s.

During Premier Wen Jiabao's interview with Chinese and foreign journalists March 14, foreign media groups unexpectedly focused on the trend of China's economy and China's international responsibilities, overlooking other issues concerning the Dalai Lama. Obviously, the Dalai Lama is becoming a forgotten person as China's economy has a vital impact on the world, and Western countries become more and more dependent on China. The Dalai Lama is quite aware that Western countries will exploit him when they want to seek a pretext to contain China and will give him the cold shoulder if situations change.

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