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Tibetan woman holding the Dalai Lama's image
Tibetan woman holding the Dalai Lama's image

China's argument:

The Dalai Lama is the latest in a line of "God King Dictators" - he is a politician in monk’s clothing whose agenda is to secure an independent Tibet which he can rule again. Global Tibet supporters - and some Tibetans inside Tibet - naively buy into lies created by the "Dalai Lama clique".

The facts:

The Dalai Lama is respected by people the world over. In exile, he has devolved his political power to a democratic institution and is a consistent advocate of friendship with the Chinese people and dialogue with the Chinese government. He does not seek an independent Tibet but a "Middle Way" approach which seeks greater freedom for Tibetans without independence.

Much of the global support Tibet has today is thanks to the Dalai Lama’s popularity. Despite persecution, the Tibetan people inside Tibet remain dedicated to him.

Desperate to maintain its grip on Tibet, the Chinese government is intent on undermining the Dalai Lama’s credibility.