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Allegation of 'Tibetan cultural genocide' is nonsense!
09:11, April 02, 2010  

The Dalai clique's allegation of "Tibetan cultural genocide" is groundless, said Wang Xiaobing, associate researcher at the China Tibetology Research Center. Wang recently spoke at an exhibition on March 28 titled "Witnessing the History of Tibet and Carrying Forward Tibetan Culture."

"Tibetan culture has been developing toward globalization and modernization. Globalization and modernization do not mean so-called 'Hanification.' Instead, they represent the developmental trend of any civilization," he said.

Wang said that Tibetan culture has been moving forward and developing during the five decades of democratic reform in Tibet. Culture is not unchangeable, he said. Instead, it develops with social progress. Only by innovation amid inheritance, expansion amid protection and development amid opening up, can the culture of a nationality retain its vitality, he said.

The Dalai clique's prattling about the "extinction of Tibet culture" is their means of excluding external culture and keeping Tibetan culture intact, completely catering to the needs of anti-China forces in the Western world. The central government’s only impact on Tibetan culture is their facilitation of the modernization, internationalization and globalization of Tibetan culture, he said.

"The 14th Dalai Lama was interested in photography, films and cars when he was young, which was clearly recorded in a book titled ‘My Seven Years in Tibet' written by a German," Wang said. "He adored the Western world's material civilization and let the German build a cinema in Tibet where he showed films for other people. He dismantled and reassembled new machines, and learned English from the German."

The German recalled that the 14th Dalai Lama usually carried chewing gum, colored pencils and pens with him. He is the only religious leader who is interested in such profane things, Wang said. Histories that examined the 14th Dalai Lama found he liked watches and clocks most. He even bought an Omega clock with a calendar.

Thomas Laird described in a book titled "The History of Tibet—Interview Record of the Dalai Lama" that the Dalai Lama liked and frequently dismantled a watch that an American president had given him in the 1940s. The Dalai Lama even had the watch repaired many times.

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