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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

The world is watching how China handles Tibet protests

March 19, 2008

Associated Press - March 18, 2008

WASHINGTON (AP) - A top State Department official says the world is
watching as China confronts violent protests in Tibet and other human
rights issues ahead of the Beijing Summer Olympics.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Christensen told a
congressional advisory panel that with the Olympics, China has an
opportunity to "show progress to the world" on human rights. Christensen
also urged China to hold direct talks with the Dalai Lama and address
the "long-standing gievances" the Tibetans have with the Beijing government.

When asked by members of the panel, Christensen said the United States
is not threatening a boycott of the Olympics.

Earlier today, China's premier accused the Dalai Lama of orchestrating
the recent protests in Tibet.
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