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Dalai Lama's word game

Updated: 2014-02-24 08:08
( China Daily)

According to the White House, US President Barack Obama met with the Dalai Lama on Friday and expressed his support for the monk's "middle way" approach.

What on earth is this "middle way"?

The Dalai Lama clique claims the "middle way" is nothing more than "a high degree of autonomy" over a proposed "Greater Tibet" and is within the framework of China's Constitution.

But although it appears to respect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and does not specifically seek an "independent Tibet", it is at odds with China's Constitution and State system and is nothing but smoke and mirrors, camouflage and deceit, says Xinhua News Agency.

The "middle-way" does not recognize Tibet as a part of China. Instead, it calls Tibet an "occupied state".

It proposes a "Greater Tibet" - a region extending to Tibetan areas in the provinces of Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan and Yunnan - or roughly one-fourth of China, and demands that all affairs, except military affairs and diplomacy, be under the control of the Dalai Lama.

This amounts to a state within a state, one that does not adopt the socialist system, does not follow national laws and policies, does not allow the presence of the national military, and prevents other "nationalities" from entering.

The "middle way" is nothing more than a political word game to realize the "independence of Tibet" step by step.

The Tibet autonomous region - after important developmental stages, including peaceful liberation, democratic reform, establishment of an autonomous region, reform and opening-up - has been on a development track in line with the development of modern China and the world.

The Tibetan people have turned from poverty and backwardness to prosperity and civilization, and they have gained freedom, equality and dignity.

The "middle way" now being peddled by the Dalai Lama and his followers contradicts history and reality. It is against the will and demands of the Chinese people of all ethnic groups, including Tibetans. The approach leads only to a dead end.

The Obama administration should be able to tell right from wrong and should not make false judgments and bad choices. It should do more to truly benefit all Chinese people, including people in Tibet.

(China Daily 02/24/2014 page10)