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China urges EU support on Tibet

April 24, 2008

Tells US to ‘stop indulging’ Dalai Lama
Daily Times
Wednesday, April 23, 2008

BEIJING: China urged the EU to support and understand its handling of
Tibetan issues ahead of this week’s summit with visiting European
Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso.

Barroso, who arrives for a three-day summit on Thursday, intends to
raise human rights and freedom of expression during talks with President
Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao, EU spokesman Johannes Laitenberger
said Monday. “We have reiterated our positions on human rights and Tibet
issues on many occasions recently,” China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman
Jiang Yu told journalists in reference to Barroso’s visit.

“As a strategic partner of China, the EU should express full
understanding and support on issues related to our sovereignty and
territorial integrity and distinguish right from wrong.” Protests
against Chinese rule have rocked the Himalayan region since last month,
with exiled Tibetan leaders saying more than 150 people have died in a
government crackdown.

China says Tibetan “rioters” killed 18 civilians and two police
officers. The ongoing crackdown in Tibet has led to loud protests that
have disrupted the international legs of the 2008 Beijing Olympic torch
relay, particularly in London, Paris and San Francisco. The backlash
against Beijing’s policies in Tibet generated anti-Western protests in
China over the weekend, with many Chinese demonstrators gathering at the
shopping centres of French retailer Carrefour.

Dalai Lama: China reacted angrily Tuesday to a meeting between a senior
US official and the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama,
urging Washington to “stop indulging” the Nobel Peace Prize winner. The
Dalai Lama on Monday met US special envoy on Tibet Paula Dobriansky in
the US state of Michigan, where he told her his homeland needed the help
of the United States. Jiang said China had complained directly to the
United States about the meeting.

“This official ... deliberately ignored China’s resolute opposition and
persisted in meeting with the Dalai (Lama),” Jiang told reporters in
Beijing. “We urge the US side to respect facts and stop indulging the
Dalai clique in its separatist activities so as not to harm our
bilateral relations and the image of the US itself,” she added. During
the Monday talks, the Dalai Lama asked Washington for help in improving
the situation in Tibet, in the highest-level meeting with the US
administration since Beijing began a crackdown on unrest in the
Himalayan region.

It was Dobriansky’s 12th meeting with the Dalai Lama aimed at finding a
way to resolve the Tibet issue amicably, the US State Department said.
Dobriansky, undersecretary of state for democracy and global affairs,
reiterated a US appeal for dialogue between Beijing and the Dalai Lama,
saying the Bush administration “has expressed concern and has urged
restraint” in Tibet. afp

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