China tells Tibet officials to call back children from Dalai Lama schools

PTI, Jul 24, 2008

BEIJING, China -- In a fresh crackdown on supporters of the Dalai Lama, China has given two months’ time to cadres and officials in Tibet to call back their children from overseas schools and monasteries run by the Buddhist leader.

Failure to comply with the notice issued on July 14 will invite expulsion from the party and sacking from their posts under a regulation drawn up by the regional party and government disciplinary inspection commissions, state-run China Daily said.

Present and retired party members and government employees in the Tibet Autonomous Region are covered by the regulation, it said.

After the March unrest in Tibet, China has persistently attacked the self-exiled Tibetan leader based in India and his supporters, whom Beijing calls "the Dalai clique", accusing them of having orchestrated the violence.

The Dalai Lama who fled to India after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959 has also been accused of trying to "sabotage" the Beijing Olympic Games. The Nobel laureate has denied both charges.

Under intense global pressure ahead of the Olympic Games, Chinese government representatives and envoys of the Dalai Lama held two rounds of fence-mending talks, including the latest in the first week of July, but failed to make any headway.