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Chinese Tibetologists urge Swiss media to report on real Tibet
12:06, March 29, 2009  

Chinese Tibetologists have called on the Swiss media to tell the public about the real Tibet.

A Chinese delegation of Tibetologists, led by Zheng Dui, director of the Religious Study Institute under the China Tibetology Research Center, talked Friday with representatives of the local media on topics including Tibet.

Some foreigners tend to mysticize Tibet but the region is actually neither a "paradise" nor a "hell," Zheng told Swiss reporters.

In response to a question from the "Le Temp" newspaper that the Dalai Lama has called Tibet "hell," Zheng said the word in Tibetan culture refers to an extremely terrible place, far worse than any war or disaster in the present world.

If the present Tibet was compared to "hell," then "hell" was a very happy land, Zheng said.

Zheng said Tibet is not in a utopia and is part of the global village. Tibet also faces problems and challenges in its process of development, notably its low jumping-off point and the disturbances of splitting attempts, he said.

Tibet has advantages in such areas as ecological and environmental conservation and the protection of its traditional culture, he said.

The local government and people need to draw upon past experience and lessons to maintain a smooth development in the region, he added.

The Tibetan people are builders as well as active participants in the socialist new life. They are also the beneficiaries of the fruits of China's reform and opening-up, the Tibetologist noted.

In replay to a question by Radio 24 concerning the future of the Tibetan culture, Zheng said Tibet boasts a brilliant culture, which is an important component of both the Chinese and world civilizations.

The Chinese government has adopted a special policy on the region and has done a lot to protect the culture, which can be reflected through various fields such as local religions, buildings and literary works, he said.

Zheng expressed belief that with the support from the Chinese government, the Tibetan culture will have a brighter future through the efforts by Tibetan scholars.

He also condemned the so-called "autonomy" proposed by the Dalai Lama, saying that Dalai repeatedly said he had given up his demand of Tibet " independence," but his deeds contradicted his words.

Zheng pointed out that Dalai has not only rejected a complete giving-up of his "independence" demand, but also refused to recognize Tibet as part of China or the current social system there. Whereas, Dalai put forward the so-called "Greater Tibet" concept, which was a clear step in the opposite direction.

The 50 years of development in Tibet has demonstrated that the system of regional autonomy of ethnic minorities conforms to the actual situation in China, he said.

Source: Xinhua

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