BEIJING - As some Western forces tried to play up the anti-China sentiment recently, the Dalai Lama kicked off a global tour, reminiscent of his trips to Germany, Canada and the United States last year amid a wave of "China threat" in the West.
Playing "International card"
Despite his claim that his itinerary had nothing to do with "political activities," each time Dalai's tours have coincided precisely with some anti-China clamors, prompting people to doubt his claim.
This coincidence in fact indicates some hidden mutual needs between the Dalai clique and some Western forces.
On one hand, some forces want to use Dalai clique to put greater pressure on China. On the other hand, the Dalai clique has tried to promote their drive for "Tibet independence" by internationalizing the Tibet issue to pressure the Chinese government.
The Dalai clique has called on the international community to link the Beijing Olympics with the Tibet issue and asked to set up the so-called independent groups to "fully investigate" the March 14 riots in Lhasa, capital city of China's Tibet Autonomous Region. This only reveals Dalai clique's ulterior motive of achieving its separatist scheme by using the influence of some foreign forces.
In the late 1980s, the US Congress adopted a bill on Tibet after the Dalai Lama put forward a "five-point peace proposal" in the United States. This time, urged by repeated appeals by the Dalai Lama, the US Congress and the European Parliament passed resolutions on Tibet.
After five decades of life in exile, the Dalai clique has learned how to cater to the West by flaunting human rights, peace, environment protection and culture, among others. But they never say a single word about the inhuman serfdom in Tibet under their rule, nor the atrocities committed by the Tibet Youth Congress.
The Dalai clique spares no effort to slander the development of Tibet in the past decades, decrying "a cultural genocide" and "a lack of religious freedom."
However, the Dalai clique's lies cannot deceive all the people in the world for long. Ingo Nentwig, a German sinologist and ethnologist who chairs the research department of the Museum of Ethnology in Leipzig, refuted the Dalai Lama's claim that the Chinese government has conducted "cultural genocide" in Tibet.
"The concept of 'cultural genocide' is completely wrong," Nentwig said in a recent written interview with Xinhua.
"The Tibetan culture flourishes and prospers in China," including "language, literature, study of oral literature, everyday life and traditional architecture," he said.
"Most Tibetans recognize the opportunities in a modern Tibet, which is part of China and open to the modern world," the German scholar said.