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Lhasa Incident and the Dalai Issue
2008-04-11
1. The Lhasa Incident
     What happened in Lhasa recently were by no means "peaceful demonstrations" or "non-violent" activities as claimed by the
Dalai clique. They were serious crimes of violence, pure and simple. The rioters burned or slashed to death 18 innocent
people, including a baby less than one year old, by extremely brutal means. Three hundred and eighty-two innocent people were
injured in the incident, including 58 who were severely injured. The rioters set fire at more than 300 locations, burned down
7 schools, 5 hospitals, 908 shops and private residences totaling 120 rooms. These criminal activities caused great losses of
life and property, with a direct economic loss of nearly RMB 250 million. No responsible government will sit idly by in the
face of such violent crimes. The authority of the Autonomous Region exercised maximum restraint, and strictly abided by the
law in stopping the criminal activities and no lethal weapons were used. In fact, had it not been for the restraint, the law
enforcement departments would not have suffered such heavy casualties-241 law enforcement personnel were injured, including
23 who were severely injured, and one person was killed. The law enforcement actions won sincere support of people of all
ethnic groups in the Tibet Autonomous Region.
     There is sufficient evidence that the incident in Lhasa was premeditated, instigated and organized by the Dalai clique, and
it was part of the so-called "Tibetan people's uprising movement" initiated by the Dalai clique in January in an attempt to
undermine stability in the Tibetan-inhabited areas, use the Olympic Games to exert pressure on the Chinese Government, and
realize their illicit goal of splitting China. The police authorities of the Tibet Autonomous Region have arrested a number
of major criminal suspects who have close links with the overseas Dalai clique and were involved in planning and carrying out
the Lhasa incident, and the network of the so-called "security department" of the Dalai clique operating inside China is
being exposed.
2. The so-called "middle way" and "high degree of autonomy"
    Dalai has proposed the so-called "middle way" and repeatedly claimed that he no longer insists on "Tibet independence" and
only seeks "true autonomy". What is the real motive of Dalai? Facts speak louder than words. After fleeing China, Dalai
established a so-called "government-in-exile" and he posed himself as so-called "head of state". The "government-in-exile"
has a so-called "national flag" and a "constitution", which makes an explicit call for the creation of a "federal democratic
republic" in Tibet. Dalai has called for the establishment of a "greater Tibet" that includes not only Tibet, but also Tibetan-inhabited areas in Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan and Yunnan provinces. There was never such as "greater Tibet" in China's history. According to Dalai, the Han and other ethnic groups must leave this "greater Tibet", the Central Government must not
station troops there, and issues related to external relations must be handled by "greater Tibet" itself. It is obvious that
in calling for such "true autonomy", Dalai is seeking nothing but "Tibet independence".
3. Achievements in Tibet
    Before the democratic reform in 1959, the old Tibet was a feudal serfdom that practiced theocracy under the dictatorship of
monks and nobles. The Dalai family owned over 6,000 serfs. Serfdom in old Tibet was no less dark, backward, barbarous and
cruel than that in Medieval Europe. Under serfdom, the economy in Tibet was stagnant, the average life expectancy was only
35.5 years and over 90% of the population were illiterate. Dalai, as the biggest serf owner and theocratic ruler, was
undoubtedly responsible for this. The purpose of the Dalai clique to plot the recent incident in Lhasa is to sabotage the
sound economic and social development in Tibet, achieve Tibet independence, return Tibet to the dark and backward theocracy
and feudal serfdom and restore Dalai's position and privileges as the head of serf owners.
    Since 1959, thanks to the support of the Central Government and people across China, Tibet has achieved economic growth and
social stability. People in Tibet today live a much better life and enjoy extensive human rights. Since 2003, the state has
invested RMB 60.158 billion in infrastructure development in Tibet. GDP of the region has registered an average growth rate
of above 12%, with per capita GDP topping RMB 10,000. Income for farmers and herdsmen has been growing in double digit figure
for five years running, reaching RMB 2,788 last year. In 2006, the Tibet Autonomous Region had more than 35,000 deputies to
people's congresses at various levels, over 1,000 schools with more than 500,000 students, and 1,387 hospitals and clinics.
All farmers and herdsmen are covered by a medical program that basically provides free medical services. The average life
expectancy has increased to 67 years. Various religious activities are being carried out in a normal way. In 2006, there were
over 1,780 religious sties and more than 46,000 lamas and nuns. All in all, Tibet has never enjoyed such good development as
it does today and the prospects for the future are very bright.
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