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"As long as human rights are violated, there can be no foundation for peace. How can peace grow where speaking the truth is itself a crime?"

Chinese central government officials meet with Dalai Lama's private representatives

July 3, 2008

ChinaView/Xinhua (People's Republic of China)
July 3, 2008

BEIJING, July 3 (Xinhua) -- Du Qinglin, head of the United Front Work
Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee,
met with private representatives of the 14th Dalai Lama in Beijing
recently, the department said on Thursday.

Du, also the vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese
People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), told the two
representatives, Lodi Gyari and Kelsang Gyaltsen, the central
government's policy towards the Dalai Lama is consistent and
explicit. The door for dialogue is always open.

The Dalai Lama should openly and explicitly promise and prove it in
his actions not to support activities to disturb the upcoming Beijing
Olympic Games, not to support plots to fan violent criminal
activities, not to support and concretely curb the violent terrorist
activities of the "Tibetan Youth Congress" and not to support any
argument and activity to seek "Tibet independence" and split the
region from the country, he said.

While the country is welcoming the 30th anniversary of its reform and
opening up, Tibet, together with the rest of the country, has
progressed to realize economic development and improve people's
living standards while protecting the environment and effectively
using resources, he said.

In Tibet, the adherence to the CPC leadership, the socialist system
and the regional autonomy of ethnic minorities will not be altered, he said.

The central government will apply its policies in Tibet, support the
region's economic and social development and work to improve living
standards of people in Tibet as it did before.

Du also briefed them about the Wenchuan earthquake on May 12 and the
relief work.

He said at time of difficulty, the Chinese nation has shown strong
cohesiveness and profound love among its people. The relief work
serves as vivid illustrations of China's protection of human rights.

The CPC implemented its principle of putting people first and ruling
the country for the people, while the advantages of socialist system
are also manifested in the quake relief, as indicated in the policy
of saving lives first, nationwide mobilization for quake relief and
timely and smooth flow of information, he said.

Zhu Weiqun and Sitar, two deputy heads of the department, also met
with the Dalai Lama's representatives and exchanged ideas on detailed issues.

If the Dalai Lama makes positive moves, the next round of contact may
be held before the end of this year, according to the officials of
the department.

The Dalai Lama's representatives also expressed their ideas on
several relevant issues and said they would report the results to the
Dalai Lama.

During their stay in Beijing, the two toured the Olympic stadiums and
talked with some Tibetologists.
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