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An unholy alliance of perverted purpose

By Lian Xiangmin (China Daily) Updated: 2014-02-25 08:16

For more than 60 years, the United States and the 14th Dalai Lama have used each other in pursuit of their own interests

On Friday, in a stealthy manner as usual, the 14th Dalai Lama visited the White House and attended an "unofficial meeting" with US President Barack Obama.

His meeting was carefully timed, because March is of special significance to the Dalai Lama and his followers, as on March 10, 1959, some Tibetan serf lords and their followers resorted to an armed rebellion which failed by March 22, and days later the Dalai Lama chose to flee from China. From then on, he and his clique have often tried to stir up trouble around that date.

This year, the New Year according to the Tibetan calendar is on March 2, and the annual sessions of the National People's Congress of China and the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, two of the most important events in China, will also be held in the same month. By visiting the White House at the end of February, the Dalai Lama has made his political intentions obvious.

Ever since they fled to India, the Dalai Lama and his clique have endeavored to promote the "independence of Tibet", either by encouraging and provoking unrest, mass incidents, even armed insurrections, which destroy the normal lives of all people in Tibet, including the Tibetans, or else by visiting various countries and regions and rallying support from political forces that are unfriendly to China, in a bid to spur international intervention.

From 1959 to the late 1970s, the Dalai Lama did his dirty work openly, calling for the "independence of Tibet" and launching armed attacks for that purpose. But after that approach failed, he began employing a new strategy by pretending to pursue a non-violent "middle way", in order to better attract sympathy from the international community.

But his ultimate purpose of "independence" and separating Tibet from China remains the same. Even the principle of non-violence has been broken in recent years as he and clique have encouraged Tibetan teenagers to perform self-immolations and violent attacks against non-Tibetan residents.

By "international community" the Dalai Lama and his supporters mean first of all the United States, which has used the Dalai Lama and his followers as a chess piece on its strategy board in its bid to contain China. For the past six decades, the US and the Dalai Lama clique have together made trouble and rallied support for international intervention in Tibet.

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