Dalai Lama has no right to speak for Tibet: State media
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Last Updated: Saturday, February 20, 2010, 17:27
Beijing: A day after slamming President Barack Obama for engaging with the Dalai Lama, China's official media on Saturday questioned the monk's credentials to represent Tibet, saying he had ceased to be a Tibetan ever since his assertion that he was a "son of India".

"When some foreign groups are claiming that they support the Dalai Lama for the protection of the distinct Tibetan religion, culture and language, it is also a question as to whether the monk himself is a Tibetan," a commentary on the Peoples Daily website said on Saturday.

The paper referred to the Tibetan spiritual leader's comments after his Arunachal visit last year during which he had said: "I see myself as a son of India and I am proud of that. I am a Tibetan in appearance because my parents are Tibetans, but spiritually I am Indian."

The paper said the Dalai Lama had also in 2007 asserted that Arunachal Pradesh, claimed by China, was a part of India, a statement echoed by the "Tibetan government-in-exile."

Arunachal Pradesh and the McMahon region, which China claims as part of southern Tibet, it said, was governed by the local Tibet government in Chinese history.

"It is the birthplace of the sixth Dalai Lama and boasts temples built by the fifth Dalai Lama," it said.

"How can the Dalai Lama, who on one hand seeks a 'Greater Tibet' that would cover not only the Tibet Autonomous Region but also all other Tibetan-inhabited areas in China, and on the other present the land of ancestors to foreign countries, be representative of the Tibetan people?"

"Is such a person in a position to talk about religion, culture, language and human rights? It only testifies to his plot of splitting the nation by counting on foreign forces," the paper said.

It said the Tibetan leader's acts of sabotaging China's relations with other countries would only worsen his relation with the central government and cause nationwide resentment against him.

"He will taste the bitter fruits of his plots in the long run," it said.

China has termed Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama as interference in its internal affairs, and one that grossly violated basic norms governing international relations.

An editorial in the Global Times said both China and the US have repeatedly openly expressed an intent to build cooperative bilateral relations, especially following Obama's last year's visit to Beijing.

US officials frequently talk about partnership, it said, but the country is seen "changing its stance quickly".

"The US is trying to keep an advantage by befriending China while also charting its own diplomatic course," it said.


First Published: Saturday, February 20, 2010, 17:27

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