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Stop "separatist" actions: China tells Dalai Lama

August 27, 2008

Bureau Report
August 26, 2008

Beijing, Aug 26 -- Annoyed by his high-profile visit to France, China
today asked the ageing Dalai Lama to stop his "separatist" activities
and take "concrete actions" for future talks on the vexed Tibet issue.

"We still hope that the Dalai Lama will stop his separatist
activities and in his late years, make more contributions to the
development of Tibet and his motherland," Chinese Foreign Ministry
spokesman Qin Gang said while commenting on the legendary Tibetan
leader's recent visit to France, including his meeting with the
French first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.

He said Chinas policy on the Tibet issue was consistent and
clear-cut. "The door for talks and contact with the Dalai side is
always open," he said adding that it is "imperative for the Dalai
side to take concrete actions to create favourable conditions for
talks and contacts."

"As to the specific question (on future round of talks), please refer
to competent authorities," he said at a regular Foreign Ministry briefing.

Asked to comment on reports that the Dalai Lama had claimed that some
140 Tibetan protesters were killed recently in police firing in
Garze, a Tibetan-majority town in southwest China's Sichuan province
near the border with Tibet, Qin rejected the reports.

"There are always contradictions between his words and I suggest you
ask him to present evidence to show the number of casualties," the
spokesman told a French reporter.

During his visit to France last week, the Dalai Lama had denounced
Chinese repression in Tibet when he met French Foreign Minister
Bernard Kouchner. President Nicolas Sarkozy had declined to meet the
Dalai Lama to avoid "serious consequences" to bilateral relations with China.
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