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"Canada can, within a positive friendly atmosphere, ask the Chinese government to resolve the Tibetan situation."

China urges push for Tibet stability: state media

October 28, 2009

October 27, 2009

BEIJING -- China's top Communist Party leader in
Tibet has said the fight against separatism
remains "very serious" more than a year after
deadly unrest hit the Himalayan region, state media reported Tuesday.

In a speech in the regional capital Lhasa, Zhang
Qingli urged all levels of government, as well as
the military, to step up efforts to ensure public
order in the Himalayan region hit by deadly
unrest in 2008, the Tibet Daily reported.

"Since 2005, we have made important contributions
to safeguard overall social stability... by
hitting hard and preventing (separatism) and by
building a solid line of defence to strike at hostile people," Zhang said.

But, "at present the anti-separatist struggle in
our region remains very serious," the paper quoted him as saying this week.

His comments come after a group of exiled former
Tibetan political prisoners said last week that
Chinese soldiers had executed three Tibetans for
their role in anti-Chinese riots in the region in March 2008.

The unrest, which started in Lhasa, spread to
other Tibetan-inhabited regions in China, greatly
embarrassing the government as it prepared to host the Beijing Olympics.

China has said "rioters" were responsible for 21
deaths, while its security forces killed only one
"insurgent". But the exiled Tibetan government
has said more than 200 Tibetans were killed in China's subsequent crackdown.

Officials in Lhasa have refused to confirm or
deny the executions when contacted repeatedly by AFP.

Chinese state media said in April that two people
had been sentenced to death over the unrest, the first such penalties reported.

In his speech, Zhang praised the Tibetan
government and people for their handling of the situation.

"We have built an impregnable fortress of people
to handle in accordance with the law the serious
March 14 violent criminal incident of smashing,
looting and burning," Zhang said.

We must "strengthen the management of overall
public order, make greater efforts to resolve
those prominent issues that influence social
order, ensure state security and safeguard social
harmony and stability in our region."

China has ruled Tibet since 1951 after sending in
troops to "liberate" the Himalayan region the
previous year, and Beijing has long maintained
that its rule ended a Buddhist theocracy that
enslaved all but the religious elite.

Beijing sees Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the
Dalai Lama, as a splittist bent on independence
for Tibet, but the Buddhist monk insists he only
wants greater regional autonomy.
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