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Premier: Door of dialogue open to Dalai Lama if he gives up "Tibet independence"

Source: Xinhuanet | 03-16-2007 13:46

Special Report:   2007 NPC & CPPCC sessions

BEIJING, March 16 (Xinhua) --Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said here on Friday that the door of consultation and dialogue on the personal future of the Dalai Lama is always open if he truly gives up his pursuit of "Tibet independence."

"We need to observe what he says, and more importantly, we also need to watch what he does. I hope the Dalai Lama will be able to make contributions and do more things that are conducive to national unity and the development of Tibet," Wen told a press conference held following the conclusion of the annual session of the National People's Congress (NPC), the country's top legislature.

He said, "China's policy toward the Dalai Lama has been very clear-cut and consistent, that is, as long as he recognizes that Tibet is an inalienable part of Chinese territory, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory, and as long as he gives up his efforts to spit the country, we are willing to carry out consultations and dialogue on his personal future."

"The door is always open," the premier said.


Editor:Du Xiaodan