Dalai Lama Lies about Tibet's Religion, Culture
People's Daily [Official News Agency of the PRC]
Sunday, October 28, 2001
(from World Tibet Network News)
An official of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), the top legislature in China, said in Beijing on October 27 what the Dalai Lama said at the European Parliament general assembly is "sheer nonsense designed to fool the world."
The Dalai Lama said on October 24 at the EP general assembly that Tibet is "oppressed by force and scarred by suffering" and " an entire people with its unique culture and identity are facing the threat of extinction".
The official said the Dalai Lama has fled from the country for more than 40 years and has never since set his feet again on the soil of Tibet. "Therefore, he knows nothing of the real situation there." He said, after the Dalai Lama fled amidst failure of the armed rebellion in 1959, democratic reform was carried out at the strong request of the broad masses of the Tibetan people. The extremely barbarous serfdom system was abolished. In 1965, the ethnic regional autonomy was instituted in Tibet to make it one of the five autonomous regions at the provincial level in China.
The once serfs and slaves under the Dalai's rule became masters of their own destiny. With the help of the Central Government and other areas throughout the country, economy in Tibet boomed fast and the living standard there increases continuously, he said. At the same time, the ethnic culture, education and public health causes there have scored tremendous progress, and freedom of religious belief and all the fundamental rights and freedoms have been guaranteed to the full.
He said that at present, fresh achievements are being made in the reform and opening-up, economic restructuring and all other social drives in the Tibetan Autonomous Region, where the situation is stable, economy developing, society progressing, and people are living and working in harmony and contentment.
"Tibet has experienced earth-shaking changes," he said.
He said that history and facts show no tolerance towards distortion. In the past 40 years, the culture, religion and ethnicity in Tibet are highly upheld and greatly developed and are not "facing the threat of extinction" as described by the Dalai Lama.
In a short span of only 40 years, Tibet has gone through a social and economic revolution that would normally have required centuries for mankind to accomplish.
"This makes Tibet one of the fastest developed and best improved areas of the contemporary world in terms of various kinds of social undertakings and the human rights situation," he said. " What Dalai said about the religious and cultural conditions in Tibet is also sheer nonsense designed to fool the world."
NPC Foreign Affairs Committee Issues Statement on Dalai Lama's Speech at EP General Assembly
People's Daily [Official News Agency of the PRC]
Sunday, October 28, 2001
Foreign Affairs Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC) issued a statement on Saturday to denounce Dalai Lama's recent speech at EP general assembly.
In defiance of China's repeated presentation and strong opposition, a few responsible members of the European Parliament (EP) gave permission to the Dalai Lama's visit and provided him with a platform against China on October 24 at EP's general assembly, allowing him to deliver a long, fact-distorting speech to wantonly attack the Chinese government and unscrupulously paddle his plot of splitting China, and such erroneous acts naturally arouse China's great indignation, the statement said.
The Dalai Lama's speech at the EP general assembly once again revealed his true nature of not being a mere religious fellow but a politician-in-exile under the robe of Buddhism who engages himself with activities aimed at splitting the motherland, and one can easily tell his intention and ulterior motives, the statement said.
It is perfectly justified that a central government of one country exercises jurisdiction upon its own territory and this is no exception for any country in the world, it said, noting that the Dalai claims repeatedly that China has "invaded Tibet" and refuses to recognize Tibet as part of China, so his intention of splitting the motherland is very clear.
In his speech the Dalai declared flagrantly that he wants a " referendum" for Tibet, and since Tibet is an inseparable part of Chinese territory and an autonomous region well under the jurisdiction of China, there is no room for conducting a " referendum" on Tibet's future, the statement said, adding that the Dalai's stand for "referendum" is absolutely in the service of his political attempts to split the motherland.
The Dalai, in his address, slandered that the Central Government imposed the 17-Article Agreement, which was reached between the Central Government and the Tibetan local governments for the peaceful liberation of Tibet, upon the Tibetan people and "showed scant respect for the unique culture, religion an d way of life of the Tibetan people", the statement said, stressing that this is sheer nonsense and can only fool those who do not know the reality in Tibet.
It can never be emphasized to say that old Tibet was one of the places in the world where human rights were violated most seriously during the course of the 20th century. The Dalai Lama, as then the highest dictator of Tibet, bears inevitable responsibilities for this, and he is the real arch- criminal who has trampled upon human rights and freedoms in Tibet, it said.
He never dares to mention his barbarous ruling in old Tibet and has not expressed any sense of repentance; on the contrary, he deceives the international community by shamelessly assuming himself as the "spokesman" for the freedom of Tibet and protector of human rights and humanity, it pointed out.
After the peaceful liberation of Tibet, some members of the Tibetan ruling class were hostile to the reform and wanted to preserve the serfdom forever so as to maintain their own vested interests, it said.
In March 1959, a handful of Tibetan serf-owners, colluding with foreign forces, mounted a general armed rebellion and advocated flagrantly the separatist slogan of "Tibetan independence".
With the support and assistance of the broad Buddhist monks and laymen, the PLA quelled swiftly the separatists' rebellion, and the Dalai Lama fled the country after the failure of his conspiracy and has since got on the road of confrontation with the Central Government and Tibetan compatriots, the statement said.
This is what Dalai falsely described as the course that "the Tibetan people rose up against the Chinese" and "I had to escape from Tibet", the statement said, adding that learning from the truth, one cannot but feel Dalai's tricks of confounding black and white.
By analyzing what the Dalai Lama has done over the past 40 years, we can find that he has done nothing to "serve the people of Tibet", but instead, he has done everything trying to regain his lost paradise, where he could re-enslave the Tibetan people and separate Tibet from the motherland, the statement pointed out, adding that his fond dreams will by no means come true.
The Dalai Lama has fled from the country for more than 40 years and has never since set his foot again on the soil of Tibet; therefore, he knows nothing of the real situation there, the statement said, adding that in spite of this, he talks such nonsense that Tibet is "oppressed by force and scarred by suffering" and "an entire people with its unique culture and identity are facing the threat of extinction".
History and facts show no tolerance towards distortion, the statement said, noting that in a short span of only 40 years, Tibet has gone through a social and economic revolution that would normally have required centuries for mankind to accomplish.
This makes Tibet one of the fastest developed and best improved areas of the contemporary world in terms of various kinds of social undertakings and human rights situation, and what Dalai said about the religious and cultural conditions in Tibet is also sheer nonsense designed to fool the world, the statement said.
Dalai Lama is reluctant to admit the fact that the Tibetans have become the masters of their own affairs, and the "genuine autonomy" put forward by him is nothing but a synonym for " separation" and "independence", the statement said.
Moreover, Dalai in his speech addressed to the EP said that his "initiatives and overtures to engage the Chinese leadership in a dialogue remain unreciprocated", "Beijing's attitude has hardened significantly compared to the 80s", and this again is an out-and- out lie, the statement noted.
China's policy towards the Dalai Lama is consistent and explicit. That is, we hope that he could renounce his separatist stand of "Tibetan independence" and come back to the position of patriotism, the statement said, adding that the door will always be open to contacts between the Central Government and the Dalai Lama.
Looking back at the history of contacts between the Central Government and the Dalai Lama for more than 20 years, it is clear that although the Dalai Lama kept on changing his tricks, his stand of "Tibetan Independence" still remains unchanged, the statement said, noting that even when he is being engaged in contacts with the Central Government, he never relinquishes his separatist activities both at home and abroad.
The statement asked: Isn't the speech given by the Dalai Lama at the EP an evident proof of his activities to oppose the Central Government, split the motherland and undermine the national unity?
The Chinese government has time and again reiterated that the issue of the Dalai Lama is not a religious issue but a political one, and that the Dalai Lama is not merely a religious figure but a politician-in-exile who indulges in activities of splitting the motherland, the statement noted.
China disagrees to any country and international organizations that render invitation to and meeting with the Dalai Lama in any name and style and provide the Dalai clique with venues for doing separatist political activities, the statement stressed.
The NPC Foreign Affairs Committee sincerely hopes that the EP could take into consideration of the overall Sino-European friendly cooperation relationship and no longer do anything that will hurt the feelings of the Chinese people and be detrimental to the image of the EU, the statement pointed out.
"We would rather hope that the EP members could put aside prejudice and learn the true picture of Tibet by visiting there themselves, and in this way they will be able to avoid making erroneous judgments and conclusions based on biased opinions and information and avoid hampering the sound development of Sino- European relations," the statement said.