China issued a government report Thursday praising its rule over Tibet and accusing the Dalai Lama of wanting to restore a backward feudal system in the Himalayan region.
The white paper, published six months after riots and protests rocked Tibet, said the government had spent vast sums of money and manpower to protect Tibetan culture.
The 30-page paper issued by the State Council, China's Cabinet, also accused Tibet's exiled spiritual leader of spreading false rumors about cultural genocide in the region and said any moves to split it from China would fail.
Dharmsala rejected Beijing's latest claims, spokesman Thupten Samphel said Thursday. ``If the situation was excellent in Tibet, then the Chinese government did not need to issue a white paper. If the Chinese government feels that they have done enough to protect the Tibetan language and culture, they should allow free access to the international media.''
The paper was issued about a month before an expected third round of talks aimed at easing tensions between the sides.
Information for this report was provided by AP