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Press Statement by Gyalo Dhondup and Juchen Thubten Namgyal

November 21, 2008

Central Tibetan Administration
Tibet.net
November 19, 2008

Press Statement

I have read the statement by Mr. Zhu Weiqun, executive Vice-Minister
of the Central United Front Work Department of Chinese Communist
Party in Beijing, November 10, 2008, at a press conference organised
by Information Office of the State Council.

In his response to a Japanese reporter's question whether Deng
Xiaoping had stated in the late 70s that "except independence all
other issues can be settled through discussions'' as repeatedly
claimed by the Tibetan side, Mr. Zhu Weiqun said this was not true.

Mr. Zhu Weiqun said, "Comrade Deng Xiaoping had never made such
statement. It is a falsehood made by Gyari and is a complete
distortion of Deng Xiaoping's statement."

I am shocked to hear such statement from the Chinese officials
because it was myself to whom the late paramount leader, Deng
Xiaoping, said that ''except independence all other issues can be
settled through discussions."

Deng Xiaoping is no longer with us today. But to put the record
straight I would like to clarify in front of international media that
during my first visit to China in 1979 I met the paramount leader
Deng Xiaoping on March 12, 1979. He told me "except independence all
other issues can be settled through discussions."

Issued by Gyalo Thondup
Dharamsala
November 19, 2008

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Press Statement

I am totally surprised to learn that Mr. Zhu Weiqun, executive
Vice-Minister of the Central United Front Work Department of Chinese
Communist Party in Beijing, recently denied that Deng Xiaoping's
statement that except for the issue of Tibetan independence all other
issues could be resolved through dialogue.

I myself have sought confirmation on this regard from our Chinese
counterparts when I visited China as a member of the First Tibetan
Exploratory Mission to Beijing in 1982.

As a member of the First Tibetan Exploratory Mission, we met with
Vice-premier Yang Jireng, who was also the head of Central United
Front Work Department and Nationality Affairs Commission and others
on April 29, 1982. I sought confirmation from Yang Yireng whether
Deng Xiaoping had made such a statement. He did not deny this fact.

Issued by Juchen Thubten Namgyal
Dharamsala
November 19, 2008
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