Dharamshala — In a surprising turn of events, the Communist Party of China has accused its own party officials in the so called "Tibet Autonomous Region" of donating funds to the exiled Dalai Lama, who has been labelled by Beijing as a separatist and enemy of the state.
The unnamed officials were accused of donating funds to the spiritual leader of Tibet His Holiness the Dalai Lama, joining "underground pro-independence organizations and leaking secrets to overseas groups."
Wang Yongjun who did not name any of the alleged party officials wrote that such individuals have, “neglected important political issues and the country's anti-separatist struggle” and further deriding them of failing to "uphold their political integrity" and are "completely ignoring political discipline."
The senior CCP official also wrote that the infringements were not limited to financial support but also intelligence leak and involvement in underground secessionist activities. "Some have even donated to the 14th Dalai Lama clique, joined illegal underground organizations and provided intelligence to overseas organizations’, Wang wrote in an article published on May 1st in a magazine run by the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Commission of Discipline Inspection and the Ministry of Supervision.
It is unconfirmed whether the accused officials are of Tibetan ethnicity.
The Tibetan leader seeks genuine autonomy for Tibet as a political solution within the Chinese constitution is considered a “separatist” by Beijing even labeling him a ‘demon’.
Such accusations are rare but not unprecedented. Party officials in the near past have been charged and accused of similar developments. According to the China News Service, a 2016 report issued by the Communist Party's discipline watchdog has linked 15 Party officials to “alleged illegal overseas separatist organizations in 2014 who provided intelligence to His Holiness the Dalai Lama clique and funded secessionist activities.”