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09:42 Jan 30 2012

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Dalai group not keeping Tibet's interests at heart
09:40, January 30, 2012  

Security bureaus of two counties in Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, were attacked by rioters last week, forcing police to open fire in self-defense. The incident resulted in at least one death and many injuries, provoking serious "concerns" from some Western officials and making the Chinese government a target of some Tibetan organizations in exile.

The incident has brought new challenges to the Tibetan areas. It could serve as a new point the Dalai Lama group will use to criticize the Chinese government, as well as to maintain the group's strategic value for its Western supporters. Such turbulence is in the interest of the Dalai group; without these conflicts, it would be of no use in the geographical competition between China and the West.

Tibet is developing at a rate that is unprecedented in view of recent centuries. The Tibetan culture, however, has been better preserved in modernization than its counterparts across the world. Conflicts in the Tibetan areas are not in accordance with the interests of locals, and they counteract improvements to local livelihoods, as well as development. At present the Chinese government is paying special attention to development in the Tibetan areas. It is hard to imagine extremism would gain the favor of Tibetans.

Reporters from the Global Times have conducted many in-depth reports in the Tibetan areas. They find that seeking prosperity and development is the most common hope of Tibetan people. Extreme political advocacies such as "independence of Tibet" and "high-degree autonomy" don't make sense. What folks care about is living happily. The demands of those self-immolating political extremists do not reflect reality.

Amid China's globalization, dissident groups which are active in exile take conflict as an opportunity to enlarge their political impact. Through modern communication technologies, they have imposed some influence on a small number of people in Tibet. Interest coalitions have appeared between Tibetans and those dissidents.

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(Editor:叶欣)

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