West exploits Tibetan killings to embarrass China ahead of the Beijing Olympics
Recently, the Chinese media reported that 13 people were killed by rioters in Lhasa . However, Tibetan exiles supported by Western governments put the death toll at 80. On 17/3/08 the Dalai Lama added fuel to the fire, and described the killings as cultural genocide. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao responded angrily and accused the Dalai Lama of masterminding recent violence in Tibet's main city, Lhasa. ‘This has all the more revealed the consistent claims by the Dalai clique that they pursue not independence, but peaceful dialogue, are nothing but lies’, he said. The Chinese regard Tibet as an inseparable part of their country. But the issue has taken on a huge political dimension, ever since Bush invited Dalai Lama to Washington in October 2007 and bestowed upon him, America‘s highest civilian honour the prestigious Congressional Gold Medal. It appears that Dalai Lama with some encouragement from western powers has timed the violence to gain maximum international exposure ahead of the Beijing Olympic games.
America fearful of China‘s peaceful rise’ policy has consistently exploited the Taiwanese, Tibetan and North Korean issues to not only preoccupy China ‘s leadership but to deter them from challenging America‘s hegemony in the Asian Pacific region.