The Chinese government on Tuesday published a "white paper" defending its policy toward Tibet, arguing that China brought progress to "a society which was even darker than medieval society in Europe," amid protests by Tibetan groups at the U.N. headquarters in Geneva.
The document accuses the Dalai Lama of seeking to overthrow the "socialist system" in Tibet and foreign elements of supporting Tibetan independence based on idealized views of the "Roof of the World."
"History has convincingly proved that the 14th Dalai Lama and his political clique are the chief representatives of old Tibet's theocratic feudal serfdom and a small number of serf-owners who monopolized with vested interests old Tibet's political, economic and cultural resources," the report says.
The white paper was issued the same day that the United Nations in Geneva began a review of the human rights situation in Tibet, with the international organization planning to issue its first report on rights in China since President Xi Jinping took office.
Tibetan activists staged protests ahead of the U.N. Human Rights Council's meeting, unfurling a giant banner to protest the human rights situation in their homeland. EFE