A French writer and Tibet researcher on Tuesday denounced those engaged in the futile attempt to separate Tibet from China, saying that they are blind to reality.
“Those who say they want an independent Tibet don’t know what it is,” Maxime Vivas, author of book “Dalai Lama: Not So Zen,” said in a telephone interview with Xinhua.
“Tibet will never be independent. It is already an autonomous region of China, and it will enjoy more and more freedoms,” Vivas stressed, adding that more people should understand that.
In his book, which is based on his visit to Tibet as a journalist in 2010, he recorded how local culture is protected and growing in the region, contrary to the popular Western belief that religion has been suppressed there.
The book also rejects appeals for the independence of Tibet, noting that all UN member states recognize the region as part of China, and Tibet is protected as an integral part of Chinese territory by the Chinese Constitution.
He also lashed out at the feudal regime that once ruled the region under Dalai Lamas.
“Tibet as it was, no one in Europe wants that. No one in Europe wants a theocracy,” said the writer, who is working on a new book about Tibet and secularism. Enditem