China accuses Dalai Lama of 'betrayal'

A senior Chinese official has accused the Dalai Lama of a "dual betrayal" of his country and faith, state media reported Wednesday.

China accuses Dalai Lama of 'betrayal'

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Speaking to reporters at the annual parliamentary session in Beijing, Zhu Weiqun, head of the religious affairs committee of the advisory body to the Chinese parliament said: "Politically speaking, he has betrayed his homeland… Religiously speaking, he has betrayed Tibetan Buddhism and the succession system of the Dalai Lama.”

Zhu also urged the 79-year-old Dalai Lama to "forsake his evil ways" and his “separatist stance,” Xinhua reported.

He claimed fewer world leaders had met the Dalai Lama in recent years due to Tibetan development and stability and a rise in living standards, which were making the Nobel Peace Prize laureate increasingly unpopular on the world stage.

Zhu’s comments follow an attack by Padma Choling, governor of the Tibetan region, in which he accused the Dalai Lama of “blasphemy” over his comments on his successor.

Tibet’s prime minister-in-exile, Lobsang Sangay, reacted by comparing the selection of the next Dalai Lama by the Communist Party to former Cuban leader Fidel Castro choosing the Pope.

 

Last Mod: 11 Mart 2015, 09:45
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