No compromise with the Dalai Lama: Tibetan official

Tibetan official rebuffs suggestion of a compromise between the Dalai Lama and China as proposed by Bapa Wangye.

Beijing | Published: March 10, 2014 9:03:55 pm
Dalai Lama   AP Chinese authorities haven’t changed their policy towards the 14th Dalai Lama, who fled to India in 1959. (AP)

A senior Tibetan official has rebuffed any suggestion that a compromise could be reached between China and the Dalai Lama as proposed by the founder of Tibet’s Communist Party, Bapa Phuntso Wangye.

“There is no change in our thinking on the Dalai Lama problem, and we can not make any change on that thinking,” said Padma Choling, chairman of the Standing Committee of the People’s Congress of the Tibet autonomous region. Authorities have not changed their policy towards the 14th Dalai Lama, who fled to India in 1959 during an abortive uprising against Chinese rule, state-run China Daily quoted Choling as saying.

Relations between Han and Tibetan people are close and the Dalai Lama manipulated and sabotaged ties, he claimed on the sidelines of the legislature the National People’s Congress (NPC) here.

Wangye, who worked with Mao Zedong during the formation of People’s Republic of China, had appealed Chinese leadership to allow the Dalai Lama to return to his homeland and end the strife in Tibet. The 92-year-old guerrilla leader asked the Chinese government to consider a compromise with Dalai Lama in his autobiography “A Long Way to Equality and Unity” being published in Hong Kong.

Wangye, also known as Phunwang, had appealed to former President Hu Jintao and several members of the Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee to “allow the hundreds of thousands of exiled Tibetan compatriots headed by the Dalai Lama to return home, live and work in peace. “But Wangye’s advise has been ignored, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post, which quoted excerpts from the book said in its report.

In a chapter titled “We cannot walk the road towards a Chinese Empire”, Wangye warned the government in Beijing that it should not rely on violence and economic development to cement its rule over its Tibetan population. He accused the central government of having exacerbated tensions between China’s Han-majority population and ethnic minorities.

The publication of the book coincides with the first annual plenum of the NPC in Beijing. Wangye founded Tibet’s Communist Party in the 1940s before merging it with Mao Zedong’s in 1949. He assisted Mao in his early negotiations with the Dalai Lama but was incarcerated in 1958. He was rehabilitated only after Mao’s death and Deng Xiaoping’s rise to power in 1978. Wangye has since lived in Beijing.

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