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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

Chinese president urges stability in Tibet

March 8, 2010

March 6, 2008

BEIJING -- Chinese President Hu Jintao on
Saturday called for stability and swift
development in restive Tibet, where violent
protests against communist rule have triggered a huge clampdown.

Hu made the comments during a discussion with
deputies to the National People's Congress (NPC)
from Tibet, the state Xinhua news agency reported.

China's parliament opened its annual session
Friday, with the Communist Party reassuring the
people it can bridge a widening rich-poor gap and
keep the world's third-largest economy on track.

"Hu said development and stability in Tibet are
two top tasks that demand unremitting efforts," Xinhua reported.

In March 2008, riots against alleged government
repression erupted in Tibet's capital Lhasa.
China says 21 people were killed by "rioters" and
that security forces killed one "insurgent".

But the Tibetan government-in-exile, headed by
the Dalai Lama, claimed that more than 200 people
were killed and some 1,000 hurt in the ethnic unrest and subsequent crackdown.
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