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Better understanding of China helps know Tibet better
    Date:04-02-2009 Source:Xinhuanet Author:    

"A better understanding of China may help you know Tibet better," Wang Pijun, deputy director of the No.7 Bureau of the State Council Information Office, said in an article carried in the Lianhezaobao Monday.

The article titled "the State Council Information Office: Dalai at his wits' end" was released as headline in this Chinese newspaper published in Singapore.

 

 
"A better understanding of China may help you know Tibet better," Wang Pijun, deputy director of the No.7 Bureau of the State Council Information Office, said in an article carried in the Lianhezaobao Monday.

The summary is as follows:

"After March 14 Lhasa riot last year, Tibet, with rapid economic development, has become a hot topic throughout the world.

Wang Pijun, who has worked on the issues of Tibet for years, said that Tibet, originally peaceful and stable, suffered a series of events in recent years mainly because of the Tibetan separatists' incitement.

The Dalai Lama did not conceal his real intention to separate Tibet from China in his March 10 speech, which indicated that he has been under the pressure of the time and the pressure from the change of the international situation.

The local government of Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) emphasized time and again that this 'Tibetan spiritual leader' is precisely the biggest threat to Tibet's stability.

Wang said: 'The Dalai clique has always attempted to create a false impression of tension in Tibet in order to mislead the public.'

Dalai's typical ploy is to discredit the Chinese government by distorting the reality, Wang said, adding: 'He once alleged that about 1.2 million Tibetans were slaughtered by the Chinese government. But statistics show that before 1959 Tibet's entire population was less than one million. If a total of 1.2 million Tibetans were slaughtered then, how to explain Tibet's present population of two million? So he stopped mentioning the number of 1.2 million any more, but changed the figure to thousands of instead.'

In Dala's words, Tibet is 'a hell on earth.' Yet according to the Chinese government, Tibet enjoys overall stability and sustained economic growth and Tibetan residents live in happiness and contentment, and only a small number of people are dissatisfied with the government. Those who have ever been to Tibet have found no signs of 'hell on earth at all.'

Wang emphasized the necessity of realizing Tibet against the background of China. 'A better understanding of China may help you know Tibet well.'

He pointed out that no countries recognize 'Independence of Tibet' or 'the Tibetan government in exile,' but when it comes to specific matters concerning the Tibet issue, they would take Tibet as a country outside China.

China has implemented the same economic policy in Tibet as in other parts of China, has not left Tibet in its drive to achieve moderate prosperity, and paid equal attention to use of the Han and the Tibetan languages, Wang said.

Meanwhile, freedom in religious belief is respected and protected in China. 'This is a basic right of Chinese citizens, including all Tibetans,' he added."

 
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