China rules out talks with exiled Tibetan govt

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 5, 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".

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 23:40

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