來源：《加德滿都郵報》（The Kathmandu Post）
BEIJING, MAY 13 - People of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) of China don’t want their spiritual leader, the 14th Dalai Lama who is in exile in India, back, a vice-minister of the Chinese State Council Information Office has said.
Cui Yuiying, who hosted a dinner for visiting Nepali and Indian journalists in Beijing on Thursday, said that Tibetans revere the Dalai Lama in terms of culture and religion as part of the traditional respect for the Dalai Lamas but they don’t like his political ideas.
Dalai Lamas are the head monks of the Gelugpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Potala Palace in Lhasa is their seat. During the 1959 Tibetan uprising, which China regards as an uprising of feudal landlords, the Dalai Lama fled to India. He has since lived in Dharmashala.
“In Tibet when I asked people whether they would want the Dalai Lama back, they said they respect him culturally and in their religion but they don’t agree with his political ideology,” said Cui, who has served as the head of the TAR. She said that people respect him mainly for the title. “The title was conferred by the central government.”
According to Chinese government officials, there have been significant improvements in people’s lives since 1951—the year when the Dalai Lama signed a 17-point agreement with China “for a peaceful liberation of Tibet”—as a result of China’s investment in development activities.
“Fifty-sixty years ago, Tibet was totally different from what it is today. Nearly 90 percent Tibetans did not have accommodation, land, basic utilities and amenities. Development in the lives of ordinary Tibetans took place only recently,” said Cui.
Chinese officials said the Dalai Lama had not been able to restore monasteries and temples during his reign. They were in a “dilapidated” state. The government project to protect the religious and cultural heritages is not limited to the restoration of Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple in Lhasa and the Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse. The central government has provided funds for the renovation of 1,700 monasteries, according to Cui.
Asked what policy China had towards the claimed 200,000 Tibetans living in India, Cui said China had consistent policy towards Tibetans living abroad. “Tibetans are returning to Tibet from India. They are always free to return at the individual level.”