Thursday, 24 October 2013

China blames Dalai Lama for border dispute with India

BEIJING: China on Tuesday blamed Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and his supporters for creating border problems between India and China.

"After the failure of their armed rebellion in 1959, they fled abroad and began to harass China's borders for years," said a white paper, issued as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh landed in Beijing for a three-day visit.

Observers said the link indicates China would raise the issue of the Dalai Lama's presence in India with the Prime Minister and seek curbs on his "anti-China" activities.

The paper said the Tibetan leader's main purpose is to "overthrow the socialist system and the system of regional ethnic autonomy that is practiced in Tibet''. It added he wants "to rock the systemic foundations that have ensured the development and progress of Tibet''.

The document cited the Dalai Lama's suggestions like "Greater Tibet" and "a high degree of autonomy" and said they were against "China's actual conditions and violate the Constitution and relevant laws".

It said 94% adult Tibetans had voted to elect local leaders to suggest support for the government's stand and little backing for the Dalai Lama.

"There are some others in the world, who intentionally distort the past and present of Tibet due to their ideological bias or out of consideration for their self interests. They created a 'Shangri-La' myth, wishing to keep Tibet in a backward primitive state forever," it said.

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