The Tibet regional government chairman yesterday renewed attacks on the Dalai Lama and accused the Nobel Prize laureate of colluding with Taiwan to split the motherland. In a reference to an upcoming visit by the Dalai Lama to Taiwan, Gyaincain Norbu called for a renewed struggle against the 'Dalai Clique'. 'The Dalai Clique has engaged in activities to split the motherland and advocate the so-called independence of Tibet in the world,' Mr Norbu said. 'It has also colluded with the Taiwan authorities, worked hand in glove and publicly wallowed in the mire with each other.' Invited to visit Taiwan this month, the Dalai Lama has repeatedly stressed his visit was strictly religious. 'We should stubbornly oppose all words and deeds by the Dalai's group in splitting the country and damaging ethnic cohesiveness,' Mr Norbu said. 'We should unveil the Dalai's plot of cheating the masses in the disguise of religion, and of destroying Tibet and its religion.' While stressing the importance of religious freedom, he highlighted the relationship between Tibet and the rest of the country, saying they were inseparable. Meanwhile, Politburo Standing Committee member Hu Jintao said China should make more effort to build a 'new socialist Tibet' and stamp out separatist sentiment. 'We must take a clear-cut stance to resolutely and firmly oppose separatism, safeguard the unity of the motherland and work for solidarity among various ethnic groups,' he said.