Wednesday, March 10, 2010

China accuses Dalai Lama as Tibet anniversary looms

BEIJING: China on Tuesday accused the Dalai Lama of trying to "create chaos" in Tibet, on the eve of the sensitive anniversary of a failed uprising against Chinese rule that drove the Buddhist monk into exile.

Two years ago, protests in the Tibetan capital Lhasa marking the anniversary of the March 10, 1959 uprising descended into deadly violence, prompting a massive security clampdown in the Himalayan region that is ongoing.

"If there were no anti-China forces or no Dalai to destroy and create chaos, Tibet would be better off than it is today," the region's Communist Party secretary Zhang Qingli said in an interview posted on a government website.

"Although anti-China forces and the Dalai clique are trying to... destroy our harmony and stability, they can never shake our heartfelt belief that China cannot live without Tibet and Tibet cannot live without China," he said.

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