Thursday, March 20, 2008

China mum on evidence for Tibet conspiracy claims

By Lindsay Beck

BEIJING: China refused on Thursday to detail evidence against the Dalai Lama or the nature of his "clique", which it says masterminded the most violent anti-government protests in its ethnic Tibetan areas in 20 years.

China says a group it calls the "Dalai clique" organized protests that turned into a riot in Tibet's capital Lhasa last week that killed at least 13 people and which spilled over into parts of its western provinces.

But during an hour-long news conference, its Foreign Ministry spokesman declined to elaborate on who that group includes or how such a plot went undetected by China's intelligence organs in a region that the Communist government tightly controls.

"As the investigation unfolds, relevant authorities of China will release evidence in due course," Qin Gang said.

Qin did not say how China could be certain the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism who has lived in exile since a failed 1959 uprising against Chinese rule, was behind the unrest if the investigation has not yet concluded. Full Article Link

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