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Signed article refutes "Memorandum" of the Dalai clique
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19:05, November 21, 2008

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Xinhua News Agency on Friday released a signed article by Yiduo on the "Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for the Tibetan People" of the Dalai Lama and his followers.

The "Memorandum" was presented to the central government by the private envoys of the Dalai Lama during their talks with the central government in Beijing weeks ago.

The article says the "Memorandum", described by the Dalai Lama side as "in accordance with China's Constitution and laws", was full of contradictions with the Constitution and laws.

It says by claiming "Genuine Autonomy" in the name of Constitution, the Dalai side tried to deny the regional autonomous system of ethnic minorities, which is China's basic policy and political system on ethnic issues protected by the Constitution.

The administrative divisions of Tibet and other areas inhabited by Tibetans have been formed since the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), and the former local government of Tibet has never governed any other Tibetan areas outside Tibet.

The so-called "Greater Tibet", which takes one quarter of China's territory, had no historical, realistic and legal basis, the article says. "It is a key component of the advocacy of the Dalai side to separate the nation, and its essence is 'Tibetan independence'," it says.

The article says the Dalai Lama side intends to create a scenario of pure Tibetan autonomy while restricting exchanges and bonds among different ethnic groups, which would provoke conflicts and lead to segregation.

It says that the memorandum said nothing about the ownership of the sovereignty of Tibet and completely ignored the fact that Tibet was and is part of China.

"This issue cannot be ignored because it is fundamental to the improvement of the relationship between the Dalai Lama and the central government," the article says.

The article says that the "Memorandum", from its title to content, talks all about the "Greater Tibet" and "high degree of autonomy".

Its purpose is to set up a "half independent" or "covertly independent" political entity controlled by the Dalai clique on one quarter of the Chinese territory, and when conditions are ripe, they will seek to realize "complete Tibet independence", the article says.

The article also reiterated the central government's attitude towards the Dalai Lama, saying "The door of the central government for the Dalai Lama to return to the patriotic stance has always been open and will remain open in the future."

"However, the door for 'Tibet independence', 'half independence' or 'covert independence' has never been open, nor will it be open in the future," the article added.

Source: Xinhua

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