BEIJING, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- A bylined opinion article was published on Saturday to expose the true nature of the "middle way" approach preached by the Dalai Lama.
Following is the translation of the article:
What is this "middle way" the by Dalai Lama preaches?
by Qi Xuan
According to news from the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama met with the Dalai Lama on Friday and expressed his support for the high monk's "middle way" approach.
What on earth is this "middle way"?
Since the 1980s, the Dalai clique has failed in their pursuit of "Tibet independence" by extremist means, under the backdrop of significant changes of international situation and the reform and opening up in China.
To get themselves out of trouble, the Dalai clique changed their approach, playing the "middle way" trump card and attempting to find a new way for the so-called "Tibet cause."
The Dalai clique claim the "middle way" is within the framework of China's constitution, and nothing more than "a high degree of autonomy" over a proposed "Greater Tibet."
Though the "middle way" appears to respect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and does not specifically seek "Tibet independence", it is at odds with China's constitution and state system in every conceivable way. It is nothing but smoke and mirrors, camouflage and deceit.
Firstly, "Middle-way" rhetoric has never recognized Tibet as a part of China. The "middle way" calls Tibet an "occupied state". The "middle way" is nothing but a historical and legal means of peddling "Tibet independence" when "conditions are ripe".
Secondly, the rhetoric proposes a "Greater Tibet", -- a region extending to Tibetan areas in the provinces of Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan and Yunnan -- or roughly one fourth of China.
Thirdly, the "middle way" demands "a high degree of autonomy", leaving all affairs but military and diplomacy under the control of the Dalai Lama. This amounts to the overthrow of China's state system on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.
Fourthly, the "middle way" requires the Chinese government to pull out the People's Liberation Army from "Greater Tibet" and turn the area into an "international peace zone."
Fifthly, the "middle way" will drive other ethnic groups out of "Greater Tibet."