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Germany turns on China over Tibet

March 21, 2008

Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia
March 21, 2008

GERMANY has suspended development talks with China over the Tibet
uprising amid reports hundreds of military trucks were entering Lhasa.

German Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zuel dumped the May
negotiations on financing for renewable energy projects, saying that
given the violence, "talks between the two governments are inconceivable".

"Violence can never be a solution. It's only through dialogue that the
two sides can find a solution," he said.

Georg Blume, a journalist with German newspaper Die Zeit and one of the
last two reporters expelled from Lhasa, described a large troop presence
in the Tibetan capital.

"I have seen one convoy of at least 200 trucks with 30 military
personnel on top of each, so that was around 6000 troops there, which I
could see moving on one day," Blume told the BBC before leaving Lhasa.

A BBC journalist in western China said he saw more than 400 military
vehicles moving in convoys of up to 80, which he said were headed for Tibet.

Some soldiers were carrying automatic rifles with fixed bayonets, while
others had shields and other riot gear.

"It seems that China is dramatically increasing its military presence in
Tibet just days after the riots in Lhasa," the journalist said.

Witnesses in Lhasa have reported house-to-house searches and mass arrests.

Troop movements also seemed particularly large in southwest China's
Sichuan province, bordering on the Tibetan Autonomous Region and home to
several mainly Tibetan areas, according to a witness yesterday.

The Guardian reported that authorities in Tibet had paraded on
state-controlled Tibetan TV 156 people they say surrendered to police.

They also issued a wanted list of 12 faces.

Footage showed paramilitary police marching suspects in handcuffs, and
the state-controlled media blamed the Dalai Lama for the unrest.

The trucks entered Lhasa as Britain emerged as a peacemaker trying to
negotiate a compromise between China and the Dalai Lama.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he would meet the Dalai Lama in May --
to China's consternation -- and the spiritual leader asked world leaders
for help to make China show restraint.

"I also seek the international community's support for our efforts to
resolve Tibet's problems through dialogue," the Dalai Lama said.

"I urge them to call upon the Chinese leadership to exercise the utmost
restraint in dealing with the current disturbed situation and to treat
those who are being arrested properly and fairly," he wrote in a letter.

Mr Brown's announcement that he would meet the Dalai Lama came after the
British leader spoke by phone to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and pressed
him to end violence in Tibet.

"I made it absolutely clear there had to be an end to violence in Tibet
. . . I called for an end to the violence by dialogue between the
different parties," he told parliament.

He said Premier Wen said he was prepared to meet the Dalai Lama provided
he does not support the total independence of Tibet and that he
renounces violence -- both of which has already done.
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