China is accusing Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, of
trying to undermine stability, even as Chinese security forces are on
high alert in Tibetan areas of China in advance of the Tibetan New
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu told reporters Tuesday that the situation in Tibet is fine.
Ma says Tibet enjoys social stability and economic growth. He says the people there are enjoying a good life.
comments come as Tibetan rights groups say thousands of extra Chinese
security forces have been sent to Tibet and to Tibetan areas in western
China, ahead of the Tibetan New Year, Losar. The two-week holiday
At the same time, foreigners find it nearly
impossible to travel there - not only to Tibet, but also to Tibetan
areas western China that are supposed to be open to visitors from
The Chinese spokesman says opponents of Chinese authority in Tibet will not change things there.
Ma says efforts by what he calls "the Dalai clique" to create rumors to ruin stability in Tibet are doomed to failure.
says the Chinese government is fully confident for Tibet's future, in
what he describes as "the big family of the Motherland."
month marks the first anniversary of protests and a Chinese crackdown
that left at least 19 people dead. March also will be the 50th
anniversary of the Dalai Lama's flight to India, following a failed
uprising against Chinese rule.
China accuses the exiled Tibetan
spiritual leader of seeking independence for his homeland and blames
him for organizing last year's violent protests against Chinese rule.
Dalai Lama denies inciting violent protests in China and says he does
not seek independence for Tibet. He says he only seeks greater
cultural and religious autonomy for his homeland, where he remains