China to India: judge Dalai Lama by deeds, not words

March 21st, 2008 - 6:21 pm ICT by admin  


New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) As the Dalai Lama arrives in the national capital Friday night, China has attacked “the Dalai clique” for allegedly masterminding violence in Lhasa a week ago and urged India to see through the “lies” of the Tibetan spiritual leader and judge him by his deeds rather than merely words. The Dalai Lama, who has been living in exile in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, since 1959, will meet Vice-President Hamid Ansari, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters here while stressing that India has always recognized the Tibetan Autonomous Region as part of China.

“India’s one China policy remains unchanged. There is no review of that,” Mukherjee said.

However, China’s ambassador to India Zhang Yan, asked for his view on the Dalai Lama as a religious leader and an icon of non-violence, said: “That’s his (Dalai Lama’s) claim. He is a political figure. He used non-violence to cheat the international community and win their support.”

“I hope our Indian friends can see through the nature of his intentions and are not misled by him. We urge them to take a correct stand on the incident in Tibet and judge the Dalai Lama by his deeds rather than words,” the Chinese envoy told reporters.

“We attach importance to deeds and not words,” the Chinese envoy stressed.

Zhang Yan also expressed Beijing’s opposition to the meeting between US Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala - the seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile.

“China’s position is firm and clear. We oppose any country, any organization or any person from interfering in Chinese internal affairs,” he said.

“Tibet is an internal affair of China. We don’t allow any country to meddle in China’s internal affairs. Any attempt to do so is doomed to failure,” he said.

He attacked the Dalai Lama and his followers for allegedly masterminding and engineering the violence that engulfed Lhasa last week, resulting in the death of at least 16 people.

“A week after the violence in Lhasa, the Chinese embassy faces a serious threat from the followers of the Dalai Lama. Still, we need heavy protection from the law-enforcement authorities. The Dalai Lama is the head of the government-in-exile. He can control them,” he said.

Claiming that the Tibetan activists went on a rioting spree in Lhasa March 14 that killed innocent civilians and policemen, Zhang Yan underlined that the motive of “premeditated rioting incited by the Dalai clique” was to “sabotage” efforts of the Chinese government to organize “successful Olympics” in August.

“The Dalai Lama tried to deny the connection. We have enough evidence to prove that these are hypocritical lies,” Zhang said.

Urging the Indian media to take a correct stand on what he called the “incident” in Tibet last week, the Chinese envoy screened a documentary aired by the Chinese Central TV that showed vivid images of Tibetan activists looting and burning shops and houses in Lhasa.

“I have kept the Indian government informed of all developments in Lhasa, Tibet, and in my embassy. The government is very well informed and can take a correct stand in keeping with the policy of India,” he said.

In the wake of the unrest in Lhasa, India reacted cautiously, calling on all parties to pursue a non-violent solution of the Tibetan issue.

“The Indian government has taken appreciable measures in this regard. We express thanks for the support and understanding of the Indian government,” the Chinese envoy said while profusely thanking the Indian authorities for ensuring the security of the Chinese embassy, consulates and staff.

India has crucial stakes in Tibet, which borders its territory, as it is in some sense crucial to the ongoing attempts at resolving its border dispute with China. Beijing claims the Tawang monastery, situated in Arunachal Pradesh, to be part of Tibet, and, therefore, part of its territory.

India has recognized the Tibetan Autonomous Region to be part of China, but has rejected China’s claim on the northeastern state Arunachal Pradesh. The two countries are engaged in talks to resolve the long-standing border issue.

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