A top Chinese Communist Party official has called for a renewed struggle against the Dalai Lama’s influence, as well as strengthened controls over Tibetan Buddhism.
China blames followers of the exiled Dalai Lama for fomenting the disturbances on March 14, 2008, including a riot in Tibet’s capital, Lhasa that left 22 people dead.
Jia who is the ruling Communist Party’s fourth-highest ranking official says: “We must deepen the fight against the Dalai Lama clique, more circumspectly carry out each task in maintaining stability and do a solid job in regards to Tibetan Buddhism, and officials must create a positive environment for development in Tibet and Tibetan regions of four neighboring provinces”.
The remarks reflect China’s two-pronged approach toward Tibet that combines pumping in funds to boost incomes while tightening controls over religious and political dissent.
The Dalai Lama, who fled Tibet 1958, remains deeply valued among many Tibetans, despite Beijing’s decades-long campaign to vilify him and undermine his influence.