Repressive measures against Tibet Tibetan admn condemns Chinese official's statement

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dharamsala
  • Updated: Nov 06, 2014 20:07 IST

The Tibetan government-in-exile, officialy known as Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), has strongly condemned Chinese authorities for any repressive measures taken inside Tibet.

The CTA response came after a November 3 statement by Communist Party of China's (CPC) secretary for the Tibetan Autonomous Region Chen Quanguo stating that "the government will severely punish officials, who follow the exiled spiritual, the Dalai Lama, or support separatism".

"Repression incites resistance and such actions will further hamper any chance of long term stability that the Chinese government is seeking in the Tibetan region," said CTA in a statement issued here on Thursday and urged the Chinese government to resolve the Tibetan issue through dialogue.

"The Dalai Lama and CTA have long proposed the middle way approach as a mutually beneficial solution. This alternative secures basic freedom for Tibetans and respects China's territorial integrity," said CTA, adding that Tibetans sought genuine autonomy under a single administration within the constitution of People's Republic of China and not separation.

CTA reiterated that the middle way approach was clearly enunciated in its official public document titled 'Memorandum on genuine autonomy for the Tibetan people', submitted to the Chinese government by the envoys of the Dalai Lama in 2008.

In July 2014, the Communist Party of China's highest anti-graft authority, the Central Committee for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) announced that it would investigate Tibetan areas under Chinese control 'with a focus on high-ranking cadres and those expecting promotions'.

The anti-graft drive nationwide was spearheaded by Wang Qishan, the head of CCDI and a close associate of Chinese Premier Xi Jinping.

The inspection, spanning over two months and presented at a meeting held on November 3, is reported to have presented four point suggestions, one of which states that 'some officials have failed to take a firm political stand ' with an emphasis on 'neutralizing the separatists'.

"Clearly this latest warning to Tibetan officials, who revere the Dalai Lama, demonstrates that all is not well in Tibet," said Dicki Chhoyang Kalon (minister) for CTA's information, and international relations department.

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