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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."

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang's Regular Press Conference

June 8, 2008

PR China -- Foreign Ministry
June 6, 2008

*** Excerpts ***

On the afternoon of June 6, 2008, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin
Gang held a regular press conference and answered questions on Vice
President Xi Jinping's outbound visit, the Korean Peninsular nuclear
issue, the Iranian nuclear issue, the Darfur issue and ect.

Qin Gang: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I have several
announcements to make.

At the invitation of the central committee of the DRPK Workers' Party
and the Government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea,
Vice-President Xi Jinping, member of the Standing Committee of the
Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of
China will pay an official and good-will visit to the DPRK from June
17 to 19. At the invitation of the Mongolian Government, Prince
Sultan of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Prince Tamim of the State of
Qatar and Vice-President Hadi of the Republic of Yemen,
Vice-President Xi Jinping will pay official visits to those countries
from June 19 to June 25.

As agreed by China and the US, the 4th China-US Strategic Economic
Dialogue will be held in Annapolis, Maryland, U.S. from June 17 to
18. Vice-Premier Wang Qishan of the State Council of China and
Treasury Secretary Paulson of the US will co-chair the Dialogue as
special representatives of President Hu Jintao and President Bush
respectively. Ministers and senior officials from relevant
authorities of the two governments will also attend the Dialogue.

At the invitation of Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura,
Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi will attend the Foreign Ministers'
Meeting of China, Japan and the ROK in Tokyo on June 14.

At the invitation of Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Vice Chancellor
and Foreign Minister Steinmeier of the Federal Republic of Germany
will pay an official visit to China from June 13 to 15.

Now the floor is open for your questions.

(...)

Q: About the China-India Foreign Ministers' Meeting to be held this
afternoon, how many times has it been held before? And what's the
goal for this session?

A: The China-India Foreign Ministers' Meeting is to be held this
afternoon. China attaches great importance to Foreign Minister
Mukherjee's visit. The two countries and their foreign ministers
exchange frequent visits and have regular consultations. We hope that
during Mr. Mukherjee's visit, the two countries will have full
exchange of views on the bilateral relations as well as international
and regional issues of common interest, so as to further boost the
bilateral relations.

(...)

Q: The Chinese Government promised to release the evidence that Dalai
was the mastermind behind the violent incident in Tibet. Where is the evidence?

A: The serious crime of violence that took place in Lhasa on March 14
was plotted and instigated by the Dalai Clique. With the
investigation going on, a lot of facts have been brought to light,
and some of them were disclosed by foreign journalists in their
reports. For example, prior to the incident, some individuals
received instructions from the Dalai Clique through phone contact.
Competent Chinese authorities have already released a lot of
evidence, which was reported by the Chinese media. I suggest you read
these reports carefully. I believe with the investigation going on,
people will see clearly the role of the Dalai Clique in the Lhasa
incident, the attacks against the Chinese diplomatic missions
overseas and disruption against the Olympic torch relay. What the
Dalai Clique needs to do now is to take concrete actions to truly
stop its separatist activities, stop plotting and provoking violent
activities and stop disrupting the Beijing Olympics.

Q: The next round of contact between Dalai's personal representative
and the Central Government was scheduled on June 11. Why is it now
postponed? Is it important for China to have the next round of
contact prior to the Olympics?

A: The timeframe for the next round of contact is still under
communication. Right now, all Chinese departments are focusing on the
earthquake-related relief work. We hope the Dalai side can take
concrete actions to create conditions for future contact.

Q: Why is it that some reporters covering the Sichuan earthquake find
it harder to renew their local pass? Are there any restrictive measures taken?

A: When it comes to the earthquake in Wenchuan County of Sichuan
Province, we have been open and transparent in releasing information
and facilitating foreign reporters' trip to the affected area and
their work there. We will continue to do so. On the other hand,
foreign journalists are expected to respect the local reality and do
not disturb the local relief work. We will continue to coordinate
relevant local departments to facilitate your work there.

(...)

Q: When will foreign journalists be allowed to go to Tibet? Will the
Foreign Ministry organize another trip to Tibet? And how can we apply for it?

A: With the social order in Tibet going stable, we will facilitate
foreign journalists in going to Tibet.

(...)

Q: Foreign journalists are restricted to go to the Tibetan areas,
including Sichuan, Gansu and Qinghai Provinces. This ban has been in
place since March. Is that still the case?

A: As a result of the serious violent criminal acts in Lhasa and
other Tibetan areas not long ago, the conditions are not ripe for
foreign journalists to report in Tibet and other Tibetan areas. As I
said earlier, we will provide necessary assistance for you to report
there as the stability is restoring in Tibet and other Tibetan areas.

Q: It has been three months since the Tibet incident. And you were
saying stability was not restored yet. Does that mean the Chinese
Government cannot restore stability in Tibet after three months?

A: I made it clear just now. We are adopting measures to maintain
social stability. Social order in Tibet is getting further restoration now.

If you are trying to suggest that the Chinese Government is not
capable of safeguarding tranquility of a certain place within its own
territory, you are underestimating the Chinese Government and people.
Tibet stays as China's Tibet. Don't even think about separating Tibet
from China.

If there are no more questions, thank you. See you!

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