The party chief of China's Tibet Autonomous Region on Tuesday accused the
Dalai Lama of engaging in activities unrelated to religion, saying
he is an unworthy religious leader.
"The Dalai Lama used to be an acknowledged religious leader,
which is an undoubted fact, but what he has done makes him unworthy
of the title," said Zhang Qingli in an interview with the German
weekly Der Spiegel.
The Dalai Lama staged a failed armed rebellion against the
Chinese government in the late 1950's and stirred social unrest in
Lhasa in the late 1980's, said Zhang.
By the end of the first half of this year he had paid 312
"official visits" to other countries, averaging six visits a year,
while last year he made 12 overseas journeys, said Zhang.
"The goal of his 'official visits' are to ally himself with
'anti-China' forces and publicize his separatist beliefs, which
deviate from the practice of religion," said Zhang.
Earlier, the chairman of the Tibetan government Champa Phuntsok
described the Dalai Lama as "a politician in Buddhist robes and
Italian shoes", quoting media tycoon Rupert Murdoch.
Zhang said only a few people in the world know the real Dalai
Lama, whose supporters are either devoted believers, hostile to
China or people ignorant of the whole story.
"I still can't figure out how he was awarded the Nobel Peace
Prize," said Zhang, "What peace has he brought to the world?"
The party chief also labeled the Dalai Lama as a double dealer,
saying his so-called "middle way" was in fact thinly disguised
independence. In the Dalai Lama's "middle way" he seeks a "greater
Tibet" which would enjoy more autonomy than Hong Kong and Macao,
So soon as the Dalai Lama abandons his separatist ideas, the
door to talks is always open, said Zhang.
(Xinhua News Agency August 9, 2006)