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FM: Recent Tibetan monks' rally a deliberate plot

March 14, 2008

China Internet Information Center, China
14 march 2008

China on Thursday said the recent successive trouble by some monks in
Lhasa was a deliberate political plot of the Dalai Lama group to cause
social unrest, separate Tibet from China, and wreck the stable,
harmonious and normal life of the Tibetan people.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Qin Gang made the remarks at a
regular press conference on Thursday afternoon when asked to comment
on the rally by monks in Lhasa on Monday.

Qin said the current situation in Lhasa is stable thanks to the work
of the local government and the democratic administrative committee of
local temples.

Qin stressed Tibet conducted reform 49 years ago and more than a
million serfs were liberated, adding that Tibet has undergone great
changes since.

It is the common wish of all nationalities in Tibet to safeguard
national unity, solidarity and the harmonious society, Qin said,
noting that the plots of the Dalai Lama group are doomed to failure.

Qin said the Chinese government is determined to safeguard the
country's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and the vast majority
of the Tibetan people are determined to safeguard national unity and
solidarity.

"We are resolutely opposed to any plots attempting to separate Tibet
from China", Qin said.

Qin said relevant Chinese departments will handle the issue properly
and strictly in accordance with law.
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