Court­ing Dalai Lama would hurt US in­ter­est: of­fi­cial

Global Times - Weekend - - NATION - By Chu Xiao­hui and Li Ruo­han

The US should stop us­ing Dalai Lama to cre­ate trou­ble for China, which brings no ben­e­fit to the US but dam­ages Sino-US re­la­tions, a se­nior Chi­nese of­fi­cial in charge of Ti­bet af­fairs said Fri­day, fol­low­ing re­ports that the newly ap­pointed US Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son will con­tinue to en­cour­age dia­logue be­tween Bei­jing and the “Ti­betan gov­ern­ment-in-ex­ile.”

In re­sponse to writ­ten ques­tions from the US Se­nate Com­mit­tee on For­eign Re­la­tions, Tiller­son said he will con­tinue to en­cour­age dia­logue be­tween Bei­jing and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of “Ti­betan gov­ern­ment-in-ex­ile” or the Dalai Lama, In­di­a­based me­dia out­let theti­bet­ re­ported on Thurs­day.

Tiller­son also give an af­fir­ma­tive an­swer to whether he would com­mit to re­ceiv­ing and meet­ing with the Dalai Lama, the re­port said.

It’s im­pos­si­ble for the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment to “have a dia­logue” with the il­le­gal group that is aim­ing to split China, and Tiller­son’s re­marks shows he is a com­plete am­a­teur on Ti­bet-re­lated ques­tions, Zhu Weiqun, head of the Eth­nic and Re­li­gious Af­fairs Com­mit­tee of the Na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence, told the Global Times.

“The one and only sen­si­ble thing the ‘gov­ern­ment-in-ex­ile’ can do is to dis­solve it­self,” said Zhu.

China will not change its pol­icy to sup­port the devel­op­ment of the Ti­betan so­ci­ety, nor will the coun­try stop pro­tect­ing its sovereignty over the re­gion, said Zhu.

He added that the new US gov­ern­ment should care­fully study the pol­icy and that its “at­ten­tion” to the Ti­bet ques­tion will only bring end­less trou­ble and bur­den for the US.

Zhu fur­ther pointed out that the US gov­ern­ment has used the Dalai Lama to cre­ate prob­lems for China’s unity and sta­bil­ity, which has brought no ben­e­fit to the US while caused dam­age to Sino-US re­la­tions.

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