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China: Open to dialogue with Dalai Lama

Source: | 03-18-2008 17:19

Special Report:   2008 NPC & CPPCC sessions

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao also commented on the recent Lhasa riot condemning the role played by the Dalai Lama. But Wen said the door of dialogue remains open to the Dalai Lama if he renounces his quest for what he calls "Tibet independence."

Wen Jiabao told reporters there are ample facts and plenty of evidence to prove that the recent riot in Lhasa was organized, premeditated, masterminded and incited by the Dalai Lama clique. And Wen praised the local government's quick reaction.

Premier Wen Jiabao said, "The local government and competent departments have been in strict keeping with the Constitution and laws, and exercised extreme restraint. They have taken proper measures to quiet down the incident and protect the interests of the people in Lhasa and in Tibet."

Wen Jiabao said the constant claims made by the Dalai Lama clique that they do not pursue independence but only peaceful dialogue are "nothing but lies".

But Wen says the Chinese government is open to dialogue with the Dalai Lama on condition he gives up his position for Tibet independence and recognizes Tibet and Taiwan as inalienable parts of the Chinese territory.

And Wen says the Chinese government will "never waver" in its support of Tibet's development.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiaobao said, "The Chinese government is fully capable of maintaining stability and order in Tibet, and at the same time will continue to support the economic and social development, improve the livelihood of all ethnic groups, and protect the culture and environment in the region."

Premier Wen Jiabao also said China appreciates the position and steps taken by the Indian government in handling "Tibet independence" activities. And he said China expects the Indian government to deal with the issue in line with the agreements reached by the two countries.

Rioting broke out in Lhasa on March the 14th. Innocent people were killed and injured. The rioters destroyed vehicles and public facilities and torched private houses, stores and schools.


Editor:Zhang Ning