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