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"Canada can, within a positive friendly atmosphere, ask the Chinese government to resolve the Tibetan situation."

China Says Stop Tibet Protests to Advance Talks

June 12, 2008

Reuters
June 10, 2008

(Adds Merkel phone call to Wen Jiabao in paragraphs 5-7)

ROME, June 10 (Reuters) -- China on Tuesday called on the Dalai Lama
and his supporters to halt Tibet protests and attempts to "ruin the
Olympics," in order to create the conditions for future roundtable talks.

China's Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, speaking to reporters during a
visit to Rome, did not say when the next round of talks would take
place. Chinese officials last met envoys of Tibet's exiled spiritual
and political leader on May 4.

"We maintain that the Dalai Lama's side must halt the separatist
activity, ending violent acts of destruction against China, halt its
activity to ruin the Olympics, (thereby) creating the conditions for
further meetings," Yang said.

At their last meeting, Dalai Lama envoys and Chinese officials agreed
to hold more discussions on June 11. But those talks were postponed
following China's earthquake in May that killed more than 69,000 people.

In Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel had a lengthy phone
conversation with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in which she urged him
to continue the dialogue with envoys of the Dalai Lama, her spokesman
said on Tuesday.

"She encouraged the premier to continue the dialogue," her spokesman
Ulrich Wilhelm said in a statement.

"She also reaffirmed the German government's one-China policy under a
framework in which she advocated a strengthening of Tibet's cultural
and religious autonomy."

Yang said in Rome -- without entering into details -- that China had
shown its commitment to good-faith discussions.

"We demonstrated the maximum sincerity and good will toward resolving
the problem," Yang said.

China is anxious to contain the Tibet issue ahead of the Beijing
Olympics in August and Yang expressed anger at what he saw as
protests meant to "ruin the Olympics."

China has repeatedly said the "Dalai Lama clique" was responsible for
the disturbances in Tibet in March and protests that subsequently
dogged the Olympic torch relay worldwide.

The team of two Tibetan envoys argued in May that events in Tibet
were "a clear symptom of deeply felt grievances and resentment of the
Tibetans" towards Chinese government policies going back decades.

The Dalai Lama fled into exile in India in 1959 after an abortive
uprising against Chinese rule in Tibet. He says he advocates
autonomy, not independence, for the strategic Himalayan region.
(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Stephen Weeks)
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