The Dalai Lama's return to China out of the question: experts

2015-12-04 14:46:31 | From:

Recently, a series of immolations occurred in China's Tibetan-inhabited areas in Sichuan and Qinghai provinces. Some immolators called for "the return of the Dalai Lama" to Tibet, which were echoed by exiled Tibetans overseas. At a discussion session held with the "Beauty of Tibet" Painting and Photography Exhibition in Melbourne on June 3, 2013,Wang Pijun, president of the China Tibet Online summarized views of many Chinese scholars on whether the Chinese masses including Tibetans agree to the Dalai Lama's return to China as follows:

First, it depends on whether the Dalai Lama could bring about stability to the Tibet Autonomous Region and the Tibetan-inhabited areas in some other provinces of China. In his reign as the political and religious leader, the big majority of the Tibetans were ruled as serfs by a small number of people, and at present, the exiled Tibetans are also under the strict control of the "Tibetan government in-exile" headed by the Dalai Lama. From the above, we can infer that his return is out of the question.

Second, it depends on whether his return will contribute to the development of Tibet. We know that the Dalai Lama has not done anything good to the development and stability of the Tibet Autonomous Region and the Tibetan-inhabited areas after he fled abroad decades ago. On the contrary,all he has done is to prevent the international community from supporting Tibet's development. Therefore, his return would not bring any benefit equal to the support of the Chinese Communist Party and aids unselfishly given by the people of the whole country to the Tibetan areas.

Third, from the perspective of the contemporary Tibetan history, the Chinese government had given the Dalai Lama opportunities to return to his motherland, which were, unfortunately, rejected by himself. Therefore, his intention to come back must be an evil scheme to either hype up the "Tibet issue"or make trouble.

Fourth, the Chinese generally hold that eminent monks are respected for their credibility. However, the 14th Dalai Lama left China in 1959 on his own decision, so his capricious nature makes people believe that he is either incredible or ill-intentioned.

Just as Pierre Carton, a French businessman once said, "The 14th Dalai Lama is absolutely a political monk."

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