Beijing: China has expressed confidence that India would not allow the Dalai Lama to indulge in any political activity in the country and the Tibetan spiritual leader should not be seen as a problem for bilateral ties.
"The Dalai Lama has been living in India as a guest. The Indian government has said that it will not allow the Dalai Lama to indulge in any political activity. China has full confidence in it," Cui Yuying, Vice Minister in the State Council Information Office, told a group of visiting foreign journalists here.
Cue, a Tibetan herself, said both China and India are developing economically and the Dalai Lama should not be seen as a problem.
She said the respect for the Dalai Lama is only because of the title and the present Tibetan spiritual leader has done nothing good for the community.
Cui said many Tibetans are having false hopes about the Dalai Lama.
"People`s respect for the Dalai Lama is only because of the title," Cue said, adding the Dalai Lama has done nothing good for the Tibetans.
"All he has done is to separate the people. It is not necessary for the Chinese government to make people know what the intentions of the Dalai Lama actually are. It is for the people to decide and they know what his intentions are."
She said that the Dalai Lama and his followers are not necessarily leading good lives. "A lot of his followers have returned to China. Several of his followers have related their plight. None of their stories were interesting."
After the Dalai Lama fled his Himalayan homeland more than 50 years ago following an armed uprising against the Communist rule, most of the monasteries were in dilapidated condition, said Cue. "We have now restored them and the result is for you to see."
She also said that China has been consistent in its policy to Tibetans settling abroad. "The door is always open for them to return."
Lian Xiang Min, director of the Tibetology Centre here, said people`s opinion differ on the absence of the Dalai Lama from Tibet.
"But most Tibetans don`t agree in terms of his politics. Tibetans consider the Dalai Lama as a religious leader. After peaceful liberation of Tibet in 1951, people don`t agree with the political ideas of the Dalai Lama," he said.
He said there are six million Tibetans living across the globe, of which 2.7 million live in Tibet alone.
China has been accusing the Dalai Lama of trying to drive out the ethnic people, including Hans, who have been living in the Tibet Autonomous Region for centuries and denying the rights of other ethnic minorities.
Besides, China has accused the Dalai Lama of putting hurdles in establishing warm relations between Beijing and the Tibetan people.