Dalai Lama has no right to speak for Tibet: State media

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.

PTI



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

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