China has rubbished the Dalai Lama's accusation that Beijing itself could be behind the recent violence in Tibet, saying it showed his "guilty conscience" and charged the Tibetan spiritual leader with "trying to pass the buck using rumours and cheating".
"The Dalai Lama's citing of hearsay rumours cannot change the truth of the incident. It only shows the sense of guilty conscience in his deep heart so that he is trying to pass the buck using rumours and cheating," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu said.
Countering China's persistent attacks accusing him of having "masterminded" the violence in Tibet, the Dalai Lama had remarked in New Delhi on Saturday, "We have heard a few hundred Chinese received monks' dress."
"They (soldiers) dressed like monks. So, for a lay person, they look like monks. But the swords they had were not Tibetan, they were Chinese swords," the Nobel lareaute living in exile in India had said, seeking to turn the tables on Beijing.
Jiang, quoted by official Xinhua news agency, said: "the truth of the violent crimes in Lhasa is there for all to see and proved by ironclad evidences that cannot be denied."
The most vicious monks-led anti-government protests in two decades in Lhasa had burst into violence on March 14, leaving at least 20 people dead in Tibet and elsewhere.