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China insists Tibetans love Beijing, not Dalai Lama

His Holiness the Dalai Lama waving to the crowd as he leaves the stage at the conclusion of the Long Life Ceremony at the Kalachakra Ground in Bodhgaya, Bihar, India on December 31, 2018. (Photo courtesy: OHHDL/ Lobsang Tsering)

(TibetanReview.net, Mar08’19) – China has on Mar 6 expressed as real what it only wishes for, namely that the Tibetan people feel more affection towards Beijing than for the region’s traditional Buddhist leader, the Dalai Lama, on the sideline of a meeting of China’s ceremonial legislature. But of course it has long been a serious crime for the Tibetans in Chinese ruled Tibet to even keep a picture of the Dalai Lama.

The Dalai Lama hasn’t done a “single good thing” for Tibet since he left 60 years ago, the AP Mar 6 cited Party Secretary Wu Yingjie of the Tibet Autonomous Region as saying on the sideline of the annual meeting of the National People’s Congress. The people of Tibet are instead “extremely grateful for the prosperity that the Communist Party has brought them,” he has said.

Party Secretary Wu Yingjie of the Tibet Autonomous Region. (Photo courtesy: China Plus)

Wu was reported to have been supported by Zhaxi Jiangcun, a Tibetan grass-roots delegate, when directed by him to speak up. He has claimed that as far as he knew “there is no such thing” as adoration for the Dalai Lama among Tibetans.

But of course, expressing love and devotion to the Dalai Lama has for long been a crime in Tibet and people have been jailed for merely possessing his pictures.

Wu has also claimed in another blatant lie that there were no restrictions on Tibetan language and that Tibetans were, in fact, being encouraged to learn their mother tongue in addition to Mandarin Chinese.

The report noted that current conditions in Tibet were difficult to determine because foreign travelers must get special permission to enter the region. Access is rarely given to foreign journalists, though Wu said everyone is welcome as long as they go through official channels, the report added.

Wu has cited altitude sickness as the reason for restricting foreign visitors, although everyone knows that the real aim is to prevent journalists and activists from seeing the actual condition in Tibet.

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