Flicking through newspapers I missed while on holiday, I’ve come across an article in The Telegraph by Liu Xiaoming, Chinese Ambassador to Britain, under the heading ‘Tibet is a better place than it used to be’ (26/07). In it, he implies that Westerners are basically dummies whose ‘...knowledge of Tibet stops at the fictional Shangri-La and the so-called Han invasion’. He adds that, contrary to what many of us seem to think, China demonstrates ‘a superb example of religious diversity and tolerance’ that would seem to rival Eden itself.
Logically, Mr Xiaoming’s dewy-eyed fondness for the ‘throngs of pilgrims of different ethnic groups’ who pray for blessings at holy sites, and his newly-announced appreciation of Tibetan culture ‘including Buddhism’ must mean that the Communist Party’s ideology that ‘Religion is poison’ no longer holds sway?
It would also seem fair to suppose that this ‘superb’ tolerance extends to all other spiritual groups – i.e. the Christians, Muslim Uighurs and particularly, Falun Gong – a discipline of meditation and slow exercise routines that came into being in the early '90s.
Read more at The Daily Mail.
When you read this, you're on your own as far as veracity is concerned. There is a long history of false stories by the Falung Gong, aimed at improving their image and to undermine the Chinese government.