China rules out talks with exiled Tibetan govt
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 05, 2011, 23:40
Beijing: China on Tuesday played down the significance of the recent retirement of Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama from politics, saying it will not negotiate with the "exiled Tibetan government" based in India as there was no change in its "illegal nature".

The Dalai Lama earlier this year relinquished his political authority over Tibetans, but remains their spiritual leader.

"No matter what objectives the Dalai Lama pursues, whether 'Tibetan Independence' or the 'Middle Way Approach', and no matter how he acts on stage or controls his puppets from backstage, he will fail," the People's Daily, the flagship newspaper of the ruling Communist Party of China, (CPC) said in a commentary.

China has ruled out talks with the exiled government headed by newly elected "Prime Minister" Lobsang Sangay.

"No matter who heads the 'exiled Tibetan government,'" its illegal nature will not be altered," it said.

For the future of the Dalai Lama himself, there is no other option for him than to abandon all secessionist acts and speeches and meet China’s central government's demands, the commentary said.

"The past 60 years since the peaceful liberation of Tibet witnessed serfdom being replaced by a socialist system, the rapid development of Tibet, a remarkable improvement of the Tibetan people's lives, and closer inter-connections between Tibet and other parts of China, and people of all ethnic groups have developed a deeper understanding of the reactionary nature of the 'clique'," it said.

The Dalai Lama announced his plan to step down as the political head of the "exiled Tibetan government" on March 10. China recently celebrated the 60th anniversary of the "peaceful liberation of Tibet".


First Published: Tuesday, July 05, 2011, 23:40

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