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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."

Hu Jintao Visit Sum up

May 16, 2008

Tibet House, Shinjuku, Japan
May 15, 2008

Chinese President Hu Jintao visited Japan for five days, from 6th to
10th of May, the longest foreign visit since he assumed power in 2003.

President Hu met with Japan's Emperor Akihito, Japanese Prime
minister, leaders of both houses of parliament and political parties
of Japan. During the summit and the tour, the Chinese leader was seen
in a very conciliatory mood aimed at improving ties. He praised
Japan's peaceful role in world affairs and thanked Japan for
low-interest loans to china.

This was seen as sharp contrast to the Jiang Zemin's visit in 1998;
who took offensive stand and insisted Japan make sincere apology over
past militarism. Out come of the summit between the two leaders was
the joint statement issued to the effect that the two nations will
work as cooperative partners who will not be a threat to each other.
They also agreed to make the controversial East China Sea a sea of
peace, cooperation and friendship.

  According to Daily Yomiuri paper, the joint statement included a
phrase that the two countries will pursue basic and universal values,
a phrase apparently added (insisted by Japanese side) to address the
Tibetan issue. The phrase is generally interpreted to mean democracy
and human rights in the parlance of major-nation diplomacy. During
the talk Fukuda expressed appreciation for the talks between China
and Tibetan envoys and said that this is the first step to-ward a
full-scale dialogue. He further added that China should make efforts
to dispel the concerns of the international community on the issue.

The visit was greatly seen as successful diplomatic stunt for China,
Hu was able to show the soft side of the Chinese diplomacy. Hu was
able to get Japanese parliamentarians support for successful Beijing
Olympics. By agreeing to talk with the Tibetan envoys just before
coming to Japan, Hu was able to silence critical questions from the
media and political parties in Japan.

Japan could not raise Hoppo Ryodo issue; gyoza food-poisoning issue
got nowhere; no assurance was received on UN security council seat.
According to a major Yomiuri Daily, a Liberal Democratic Party member
who has served as a cabinet member said that the outcome of these
summit talks was far from mutually beneficial.

The Chinese side's gains were bigger than those of the Japanese side.
Throughout Hu's visit, demonstration by pro-Tibetan groups and
supporters, Uighur, Inner Mongolia supporters, human rights group
made a very conspicuous appearance. Among them Tibet supporters being
the major participants.

Be it Tokyo, Osaka or Nara, demonstrators with Tibetan Flags always
greeted the Chinese leader. It should be noted more than 4,000 people
assembled at Tokyo on 6th May to attend the demonstration.

This is indicative of the fact that more and more Japanese people are
coming forward to voice their support Tibet and sent message to
Chinese authorities that Japanese are also watching. To sum up the
medias report and socio-political analysts opinion with regard to
Tibet issue and the visit, Hu Jintao left Japan scot-free of his
brutal crackdown in Tibet.

He returned with great assurance that despite all the noises around
world, Tibet issue is not going to spoil the Beijing Olympics.
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