March 12, 2009
CHINA'S state media has declared Tibet an earthly paradise, rejecting the Dalai Lama's claims that it had become a "hell on earth", and heaped scorn on the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader.
The vitriol in the official media came a day after the tense anniversary of a failed 1959 uprising passed in Tibet amid a Chinese security lockdown...
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Fifty years on, Tibet's cause is weaker but not crushed
Editorial, THE AGE
March 12, 2009
China is guilty of cultural genocide in the Buddhist nation.
"Whether we look at it from the global perspective or in the context of events in China, there are reasons for us to hope for a quick resolution of the issue."..Dalai Lama
FOR those who thought his public career was ending with a whimper, not a bang, the Dalai Lama has confounded expectations. This week the exiled Tibetan leader marked the 50th anniversary of his flight from his native land by declaring that during the past five decades Tibetans had experienced "hell on earth". The consequence of continual violent repression by the country's Chinese rulers, the Dalai Lama said, was that Tibet's religion, culture, language and national identity were nearing extinction. He did not call for independence, but renewed his long-standing demand that China grant Tibet "meaningful autonomy". Working for the cause of Tibet was the responsibility of every Tibetan, he said, and "whether we look at it from the global perspective or in the context of events in China, there are reasons for us to hope for a quick resolution of the issue".
That view of what might happen was emphatically rejected in Beijing, where a Foreign Ministry spokesman accused the Dalai Lama of lying, as Chinese Government spokesmen have so often done in the past. Then the spokesman launched into another familiar line: since its military occupation of Tibet in 1950, China had undertaken a comprehensive program of modernisation, culminating in the "widest and most profound" democratic reforms in Tibetan history...