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Dharamshala — China's State Council Information Office (China's Cabinet) released another frenzied white paper on Tibet that clearly indicates the Chinese government's nervousness over its grip on occupied Tibet, a statement of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) said on Wednesday.

A brief response comes on the same day China accused His Holiness the Dalai Lama of inciting a wave of self-immolations among Tibetans that are widely seen as desperate protests against Chinese rule in the oppressed region.

"A Tibetan nun was the latest to self-immolate. The actions of the 137 Tibetans who have self-immolated so far clearly reflect the deepening anguish and resentment of the Tibetan people at the conditions in their homeland," the CTA said in a response to China's claims, Chinese police investigations showed such incidents are being "manipulated and instigated" by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his supporters.

"Since the early 1990s, China has issued 13 white papers on Tibet. This means Beijing has issued a white paper on Tibet for almost each of the two years within this intervening period. White papers by nature are authoritative guides on complex issues that need to be resolved or commercially as sales and marketing documents," the statement said, adding that "For the Chinese government to issue 13 white papers on Tibet means that it is having great difficulty in convincing potential customers to buy its arguments on Tibet. These white papers are a dozen too many, too unconvincing and too late to arrest the worsening conditions in Tibet."

"In recent times, the US State Department, the Congressional Executive Commission on China, Human Rights Watch,Amnesty International, Reporters without Borders and other NGOs have pointed out the political repression, economic marginalization, social exclusion and cultural assimilation of the Tibetan people and environmental destruction on the Roof of the World. Even Chinese scientists talk about the worsening environmental degradation on the plateau of Tibet also called Third Pole," the statement said.

"Unlike China's 12 other white papers on Tibet, the latest white paper seems to be a belated reaction on the part of Beijing to the renewed, ongoing campaign on the Middle Way Policy launched last year by the Central Tibetan Administration to create greater awareness of this policy within the international community," the CTA press statement further added.

According to the white Paper, what Tibet side seeks is a "Greater Tibet." or "a high degree of autonomy" attempts to set up "a state within a state," which contravenes the Constitution and state systems.

The "Middle Way" which neither seeks "Greater Tibet" nor a "high degree of autonomy", but genuine autonomy for all Tibetan people under a "single administration," Lobsang Sangay said during the Sino-Tibetan conference in Hamburg, Germany, on 28 August 2014.

'The CTA reaffirmed its commitment to the "Middle Way" of engaging China through dialogue to achieve meaningful autonomy for all Tibetans within the PRC,' Sikyong told told the intellectuals, mostly Chinese who were eye-witnesses of the conference that day.

The CTA's bizarre responses to the claims "The "middle way," ultimately seeks full sovereignty and achieve "Tibetan independence" when its governing power is consolidated under the control of the "Tibetan independence." The statement said: "On the contrary, the Middle Way Policy seeks genuine autonomy within the framework of the constitution of the People's Republic of China which is a win-win proposition for all parties and one lauded throughout the world including various governments. Several points raised in the Middle Way Policy are found here and here."

"The Chinese government's attempt to portray the Middle Way Policy as an attempt by Tibetans to strike out for independence is deliberately misleading, a huge indication of the government's total failure to come up with better ideas," it further said.

The statement adds, "unlike other white papers, this particular white paper tries to belittle His Holiness the Dalai Lama by questioning his sincerity in dealing with China. His Holiness the Dalai Lama, admired around the world and revered by the Tibetan people, does not need any certificate on his motivation from the Chinese government. His Holiness the Dalai Lama remains the unquestioned leader of the Tibetan people and also admired by Chinese people around the world."

"Media organizations have often stated that international media's access to Tibet is worse than that of North Korea, of which China is a staunch ally. Instead of issuing white papers on Tibet, China should open up Tibet to both international rights groups and media. Let them do the objective report on issue of Tibet and let the world be the judge," the statement concluded.

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