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China to Oppose Any External Interference on Tibet Issue

June 12, 2008

Press Trust of India
June 10, 2008

Beijing, June 10 (PTI) -- Amidst reports that the US and the EU would
press China to have "result-oriented talks" with the envoys of the
Dalai Lama on the Tibet issue, Beijing today said it would oppose any
interference on the matter as it was its "internal affair".
"I am not aware of the statement you mentioned (about US and the
EU's). Tibet is an inalienable part of China. Tibet is part of
China's internal affairs. We oppose any interference", Foreign
Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a media briefing here replying to a query.

Qin said the Chinese government and the people were "fully capable"
of dealing with all their internal affairs.

Reports said US President George W Bush, now in Slovenia's capital of
Ljubljana, and the EU leaders would release a joint statement on
Tibet after their annual summit.

After coming under mounting international pressure, China had
initiated fence-mending talks with the envoys of the Dalai Lama last
month and agreed to resume the dialogue.

However, the May 12 devastating earthquake that struck southwest
China, killing more than 69,000 people, shifted the focus from the
Tibet issue to relief and rehabilitation of the millions of the quake
affected people.

No fresh dates have been announced for holding the next round of
talks on the Tibet issue with representatives of the Dalai Lama.

The most serious anti-government protests in two decades led by monks
had erupted in Tibet in March, leading to violence in Lhasa and other
Tibetan-populated areas. China said 21 people were killed in the
violence while the Tibetan activist groups claim the toll is more than 200. PTI
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