Special Report: Serfs Emancipation Day
WUXI, Jiangsu Province, March 27 (Xinhua) -- The 14th
Dalai Lama was not invited to the Second World Buddhist Forum that is to open in
the eastern Chinese city of Wuxi Saturday, a forum spokesman said Friday.
"He is a political fugitive and has done lots of
things to secede his motherland and go against his identity of being a
Buddhist," Ming Sheng, vice president of the Buddhist Association of China, told
He said the organizers would have considered sending
invitation to him, had the 14th Dalai Lama been willing to abandon his "Tibet
independence" claims, stop secessionist activities and publicly avow that Tibet
and Taiwan are both inalienable parts of China, and the People's Republic of
China is the sole legal government of China.
"However, it is evident that the precondition doesn't
exist for the time being," he said.
The forum, with the theme "A harmonious world, a
synergy of conditions," was jointly organized by the Buddhist Association of
China, the Buddha's Light International Association, the Hong Kong Buddhist
Association, and the China Religious Culture Communication Association.
More than 1,000 Buddhist monks and scholars from
about 50 countries and regions will attend the forum and discuss how to build a
The five-day forum will be held in two parts. The
first part will be held from March 28-29 in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province. The
participants will move from Nanjing to Taipei by four direct charter flights on
March 30, where the second part of the forum will be held from March 31-April 1,
The 14th Dalai Lama was absent from the First World
Buddhist Forum held in the eastern Chinese cities of Hangzhou and Zhoushan in
Official: Dalai Lama "stubborn in
talks, not true to his word"
BEIJING, March 26 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese central
government official has criticized the Dalai Lama and his followers on Thursday
for being "stubborn in talks" and "failing to honor their promises".
Zhu Weiqun, vice minister of the United Front Work
Department (UFWD) of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee,
expounded on his stance in an interview carried Thursday in the overseas edition
of the People's Daily, the CPC's flagship newspaper. Full story
Why Dalai Lama can't represent all
BEIJING, March 27
-- The debate on the Tibet issue is once again centered on the international and
domestic media and public opinions abroad. Many reports and comments in the
Western media, however, fail to grasp the basic facts and concepts of a nation
such as China. Such baseless reports have created a misunderstanding about China
and its Tibet autonomous region among Western readers and viewers. Thus it is
necessary to clarify the basic facts on and about Tibet. Full story