People’s Daily: Dalai Lama’s retirement cannot save his clique from doom

The People’s Daily, flagship newspaper of the Communist Party of China (CPC), ran a commentary on Tuesday, saying the retirement of Dalai Lama will not save the Dalai “clique” from failure.

The commentary said that no matter what objectives the Dalai Lama pursues, whether “Tibetan Independence” or the “Middle Way Approach,” and no matter how he acts on stage or controls his puppets from backstage, he will fail.

“No matter who heads the ‘exiled Tibetan government,'” its illegal nature will not be altered,” according to the commentary.

For the future of Dalai Lama himself, there is no other option for him than to abandon all secessionist acts and speeches and meet the central government’s demands, added the commentary.

“The past 60 years since the peaceful liberation of Tibet witnessed serfdom being replaced by a socialist system, the rapid development of Tibet, a remarkable improvement of the Tibetan people’s lives, and closer inter-connections between Tibet and other parts of China, and people of all ethnic groups have developed a deeper understanding of the reactionary nature of the ‘clique’,” said the commentary.

The Dalai Lama announced his plan to step down as the political head of the “exiled Tibetan government” on March 10.

The year 2011 marks the 60th anniversary of the peaceful liberation of Tibet.


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