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Dalai Lama unqualified as "representative" of Tibetans: scholars
2004/05/25
   China issued Sunday a white paper reiterating the Central Government's consistent stance towards theDalai Lama, which scholars agreed was a clear warning to the Dalaiclique, whose separatist conspiracy had violated the fundamental interests of Tibetans and was unacceptable to the entire Chinese people.

    "Instigated and supported by overseas reactionaries, the Dalai clique has plotted a series of anti-China activities in the past decades, attempting to undermine economic development in Tibet, todisturb the normal reincarnation of the living Buddha in Tibetan Buddhism and to impair Tibet's stability and development," said Dinzen, a Tibetan studies expert with the China Tibetology Research Center (CTRC).

    "It's quite ridiculous that the Dalai Lama is still passing himself off as 'the spokesman of Tibetans', frequently declaring reactionary opinions and leading separatist schemes. The fact is that under the correct leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Tibet has made rapid progress in all causes and the living standards of its people have also kept rising," Dinzen said.

    "Isn't it as clear as day who represents the fundamental interests of Tibetan people?"

    Zhou Wei, director of the CTRC's society and economy research institute, pointed out that the peaceful liberation of Tibet and the Democratic Reform by the Chinese Central Government in Tibet turned a new page in the region's history, which was not only the inevitable outcome of historical development but also a correct option of Tibetan people.

    According to the white paper titled Regional Ethnic Autonomy in Tibet issued by the Information Office of the State Council, Tibetwas still a feudal serfdom under a theocracy as late as the first half of the 20th century. This, plus ethnic oppression by domestic reactionary ruling classes over many years as well as invasion and instigation by modern imperialist forces, reduced Tibetan society as a whole to constant unrest.

    On May 23, 1951, the Central Government signed with Tibet's local government a "17-Article Agreement" for the peaceful liberation of Tibet, which helped the region cast off imperialist fetters and laid a foundation for regional ethnic autonomy in Tibet.

    "Since the implementation of regional ethnic autonomy, the Tibetan people have enjoyed the exact same equal rights as other ethnic groups in political, economic, cultural and social fields. They also grow to be true masters of their own affairs," Zhou Wei said.

    However, the Dalai clique, disregarding all the facts, has constantly attacked Tibet's regional ethnic autonomy as being "devoid of essential contents", and proposed the institution of "one country, two systems" and "a high degree of autonomy" in Tibet, after the model of Hong Kong and Macao, reveals the white paper.

    "This argument is totally untenable," said Zhou Wei, adding itstrue nature was to separate Tibet from China and to seek "Tibet independence", which was both against the historical development and against the will of Tibetan people.

    He pointed out that the situation in Tibet was entirely different from that in Hong Kong and Macao.

    "The Hong Kong and Macao issue was a product of imperialist aggression and an issue of China's resumption of the exercise of sovereignty. But Tibet has been an inseparable part of Chinese territory since ancient times, and the Central Government has always exercised effective sovereign jurisdiction over the region.So there is no possibility of implementing another social system,"Zhou said.

    Hao Shiyuan, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, considered the Dalai Lama the chief representative of serf owners. In 1959, the reactionary upper ruling strata of Tibet headed by the Dalai Lama, in order to preserve feudal serfdom, staged an armed rebellion and then fled to foreign countries after failure.

    "His absconding made himself betray the Tibetan people and his home country, and also deprived him of his qualification as representative of Tibetan people," Hao said.

    Bi Hua, a CTRC researcher, pointed out that the destiny and future of Tibet can be decided only by the whole Chinese nation, including the Tibetan people, but no longer by the Dalai Lama and his clique, since Tibet's local government headed by the Dalai representing feudal serfdom under theocracy has long been replacedby the democratic administration established by the Tibetan people themselves.

    "This is an objective political fact in Tibet that cannot be denied or shaken," Bi said.

    "The Dalai Lama should think for the benefit of Tibetan people,make a correct judgment of the situation, truly relinquish his stand for 'Tibet independence', and do something good to the progress of Tibet and China in his remaining years," Bi added. Enditem

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