Dalai Lama has begun roaming around the world as some Westerns whip up their anti-China wave in recent days. This is also the case in 2007, when a new round of the "China threat theory" re-emerged, he made a rush tour of Germany, Canada and the United States.
Although the Dalai Lama insists that his trips had "had nothing to do with politics", each of his trips, however, has been "timed so accurately" that people doubt his allegation of "having nothing to do with politics." The Global and Mail (newspaper) of Canada even reports that Dalai's meetings with (foreign leaders) are precisely set in an extremely sensitive moment.
In fact, some people have tried hard to capitalize on the Dalai clique to add weight onto China, whereas the Dalai clique would take the opposite side to build up a great momentum for "Tibetan independence" elements and play "international cards" in a vain attempt to internationalize the "Tibet issue" and proceed to exert more pressure upon the Chinese government.
At one moment, they appeal to the international community to link the Tibet issue with Beijing's 2008 summer Olympic Games when dealing with China and, at another moment they urge international community to set up "an independent committee of inquiry" to make a thorough investigation of the Lhasa unrest on March 14.
They thought they were clever to play "international cards". Some people have worked in coordination with the Dalai clique ever since the latter stepped up its scheme to promote the "internationalization" of the "Tibet issue" in the 1980s. The Dalai Lama presented a Five-point Peace Plan in his address to the U.S Congress in Washington D.C. on September 21, 1987, which was followed by the release of the "Tibet issue" motion by the US Congress in September of the same year. At the repeated call of the Dalai Lama in the wake of riots in Lhasa and other ethnic Tibetan areas since March 14, the US House of Representatives and Senate and the European Parliaments (EP) adopted their respective "resolutions" on the so-called "Tibet issue".
Of course, the attainment of these achievements is also related to the self-promotion ability of the Dalai clique. The Dalai Lama and his ilk have got to know well how Western nations think of their own interests during their half a century of exile overseas; they also know how to cater to and appease to Western society on such topics on human rights, peace, environmental protection, culture and … but they have never uttered a single word on the dark feudal serfdom under his own rule over five decades ago and the cruelty of the Tibet Youth Congress (TYC). Moreover, they denigrated tremendous progress scored in Tibet, either with the so-called "genocide" of Tibetan culture or with the absence of freedom in religious belief.
So, it is quite understandable for Dr. Eberhard Sandschneider, a China scholar who is head of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), to say that the Dalai clique has the best market promotion capability, and a US congressman has even noted that the Dalai clique is good at doing public relations for the international Tibet (independence) movement.
The effect of "international cards" is still limited, nevertheless. To date, not a single nation on earth recognizes the so-called "Tibet independence". Meanwhile, the Dalai clique should not forget its own "honor and disgrace". Their requests for assemblies were rejected and visits turned down time and again in the era of cold war and, with ensuing changes in the world situation, they have turned increasingly "hot" again, from an "orphan" of the cold war to a "darling" of the world. It also indicates that they are merely a card for some countries to play with, whose value is decided by the interests of other parties, instead of having anything to do with the desire of the Dalai clique or the settlement of the so-called Tibet issue.
The Dalai clique should be aware that the "international card" does not work at all. Neither the people of China will allow its attempt for Tibetan independence to succeed, nor the international community will pay any heed to it, since the "Tibet issue" constitutes an issue of sovereignty without any room for bargains. This can be seen from the unprecedented unity demonstrated by people in China since the March 14 Lhasa incident and gigantic protests by Chinese expatriates and students overseas. So, in this sense, "international cards" cannot rescue the "dream of Tibetan independence".
By People's Daily Online and its author is He Zhenhua