Dalai Lama backed Tibet riots: senior Chinese official

March 24th, 2008 - 12:37 am ICT by admin  

Beijing, March 23 (Xinhua) The Dalai Lama was the wire-puller of the riots that broke out in Tibetan regions in China this month, a senior political advisor said Sunday. The Dalai Lama intended to separate Tibet from the motherland while the country was preparing for the Beijing Olympic Games, Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme, vice chairman of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), said in an exclusive interview with Xinhua.

Jigme, 98, was born in Lhasa of Tibet in southwest China, and had worked for the old Tibetan local government before the peaceful liberation of Tibet in the early 1950s.

“Tibet has been an inalienable part of China since ancient times,” he said. “None of the central governments in history had recognised Tibet’s independence,” he said.

Even in the late Qing Dynasty and ruling period of the Kuomintang in the early 20th century when China was weakened by foreign invasion and civil wars, Tibet was not split from China, he added.

The region was liberated in a peaceful manner by abolishing serfdom in 1951 and the People’s Liberation Army garrisoned the regional capital Lhasa in October that year.

“Anyone who once lived in two regimes will recognise the great progress Tibet has made under the socialist system after liberation and the people have become masters of their own affairs,” he added.

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