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    China Denounces Tibet’s Exiled Leader as Separatist

    Lobsang Sangay, prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile, right, and the Dalai Lama visit the Tibetan Children’s Village School in Dharmsala, India, on June 5, 2014.
    Lobsang Sangay, prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile, right, and the Dalai Lama visit the Tibetan Children’s Village School in Dharmsala, India, on June 5, 2014.
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    China's foreign ministry denounced the prime minister of Tibet's government-in-exile on Friday as a separatist who had never done a good thing in his life, in a sign that Beijing is unlikely to resume talks anytime soon.
     
    Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay told Reuters a day earlier that he was hopeful Chinese President Xi Jinping would resume formal talks and soften China's handling of Tibet.
     
    But Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei's harsh comments suggest little chance of that happening.
     
    "The relevant person is 100 percent a splittist. He is the ringleader of the so-called Tibetan government-in-exile. He has never done anything good on the Tibet issue," Hong said at a daily news briefing.
     
    The body Songay leads is illegal under Chinese law because it seeks Tibet’s independence from China, Hong said, adding it is not recognized by any country. “People can only laugh at the slander he makes about Tibet's situation.”
     
    Campaign pressures China
     
    Sangay made his comments before the launch of a global publicity campaign to persuade world governments to pressure China to restart the dialogue and change its policy on Tibet.
     
    China has ruled Tibet since 1950, when Communist troops marched in and announced its “peaceful liberation.” Thousands of its people, including spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, fled into exile in India after a failed uprising against Chinese rule a few years later.
     
    The Tibetans say they aren't seeking independence, but greater autonomy under the Chinese constitution. China says it does not believe them.
     
    “Tibet's independence is not acceptable, nor is half-independence, nor covert independence,” Hong said.
     
    The door to talks is always open, but China will only talk to the Dalai Lama's personal representatives and only about his personal future, not anything to do with Tibet, Hong added, repeating Beijing's standard line.
     
    Tibetans fear for culture

    Many Tibetans think their intensely Buddhist culture is at risk of annihilation by Beijing's political and economic domination and the influx of majority Han Chinese into the Himalayan region. China denies these charges.
     
    At least 131 Tibetans have died since 2009 by setting themselves on fire to protest Chinese rule.
     
    Representatives of the Dalai Lama held rounds of talks with China until 2010, but formal dialogue has stalled amid leadership changes in Beijing and a crackdown in Tibet.

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    by: anh from: cypress
    June 09, 2014 2:49 AM
    China is the biggest cancer of the world. They are barbaric people, that are lying to their teeth. Mark my words, within 2 years, Xi will be assassinated and China will fall apart with the war with Japan and US. Mark my words. Down with red China.

    by: lincon from: east
    June 09, 2014 12:16 AM
    since 700years ago, Tibet has been part of china. the Dalai Lama is a politician who alway tell lies. he is not a real buddist. If you want to know the truth, please come to Tibet and do lots of reseach.

    by: GoodGuy from: USA
    June 08, 2014 3:01 AM
    " .... He has never done anything good on the Tibet issue," Hong said at a daily news briefing." Mr. Hong Lie.

    On contrary, Mr. Hong did a lot of "good" things, lying all days for the party.

    FREE TIBET!!!

    by: Adam9 from: Dong Nai, VN
    June 07, 2014 9:56 AM
    "At least 131 Tibetans have died since 2009 by setting themselves on fire to protest Chinese rule."
    And yet, people around the globe have not been talking much about these deaths. The media, big and small, have been reporting the news in passing as if these self-burning incidences were normal.
    ** 131 human, one after another, at different times, in various places, killed themselves by setting themselves on fire was not normal. The Tibetans have been crying out, desperately, for HELP.
    Except for India, the so called free world, in Asia, Europe and Americas, have been doing very little to help the Tibetans. The Vatican has been unconcerned and quiet too.
    ** Gosh!! What a lousy, unconscientious world I am living in today??
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    by: nhk from: usa
    June 08, 2014 3:39 AM
    I hear you brother. The world is full of selfish people indeed. As long as things don't affect them in any way directly, they don't care. I really hope that one day enough people believe in the saying, "evil thrives when the good do nothing.", and stand up to evil for the sake of our own survival.

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