China steps up attack on Dalai Lama

China vilified the Dalai Lama as a "wolf in monk`s robes".

Last Updated: Mar 07, 2011, 18:57 PM IST

Beijing: Ahead of the third anniversary
of the riots in Tibet, China on Monday stepped up its attack
against Dalai Lama vilifying him as a "wolf in monk`s robes",
"double dealer" and a "secessionist chief" who is seeking
separation of the region from the Communist nation.

"I had described him in those words after the March 14
riot in Lhasa in 2008 because I think he himself is a living
Buddha but had done things beneath his status," said Chinese
Communist Party chief of Tibet, Zhang Qingli said.

Zhang, is a CPC official known for pursuing tough
policies in Tibet and earlier in the Muslim Uyghur majority,
Xinjiang region, which also witnessed riots in 2009.
Dalai Lama is a "wolf in monk`s robes" Party chief of
Tibet, Zhang said accusing him of seeking separation of Tibet
from China.

The renewed attack on Dalai Lama came ahead of third
anniversary of the riots in Tibetan provincial capital Lhasa
left 18 people dead and nearly 400 wounded.

The riots were attributed to resentment of Tibetans,
against the increasing settlement of the mainland Chinese in
the Tibetan region.
Zhang said it was late Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai who
first described the Dalai Lama as "wolf in monk`s robes" after
China "foiled an armed rebellion staged" by him and his
supporters in 1959.

The Dalai Lama then fled to India and created the
self-declared "Tibetan government-in-exile", he said.

"I used Premier Zhou`s words to say that I object to
double-dealer and ensure a correct understanding of the fact,"
he said.

Zhang also made comparisons between the Dalai Lama
and Rebiya Kadeer, a Uygur separatist and leader of the World
Uygur Congress.

"Rebiya is a housewife who has used her illegal
fortune to conduct secessionist activities. She has no
influence among the public," he said.

"While Dalai is a secessionist chief who fools
simple believers under the guise of religion," state run
Xinhua quoted him as saying.

In January, Zhang told state run China Daily that
fighting Tibetan Buddhist separatists was more difficult than
Uyghur militants of Xinjiang province due to variety of
reasons.

Xinjiang has more than 20,000 mosques but only 8,000
Imams (clerics), where as Tibet has fewer than 1,800
Tibetan-Buddhist temples but is home to more than 46,000
monks, making monks an integral part of Tibetan life style.

Another Tibetan official Qiangba Puncog, chairman of
the Standing Committee of Tibet Autonomous Regional People`s
Congress asserted that `the disease` of the Dalai Lama will
not exert any impact on the overall situation of Tibet.

PTI