China denies Tibet support for Dalai Lama

Beijing: There is no widespread support for the Dalai Lama in Tibet and ordinary people are grateful to the Communist Party for “bringing them a happy life”, Chinese officials insisted.

This week marks the 60th anniversary of a failed uprising that led to Tibet’s Buddhist spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, fleeing into exile in India.

Beijing – which claims it “peacefully liberated” the Himalayan area – stands accused of political and religious repression in the region.

But China says Tibetans enjoy many freedoms and economic growth.

“Since defecting, the Dalai Lama has not done a single good thing for the Tibetan people,” Tibet party boss Wu Yingjie said during a meeting on the sidelines of China’s annual parliamentary meeting on Wednesday.

At least 150 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since 2009 to protest Beijing’s presence in Tibet. — AFP

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