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Brown asks China to resolve Tibet issue

February 3, 2009

Indian Express
Agencies Posted online: Feb 02, 2009 at 2220 hrs

London : Pressing China to resolve the ‘underlying issues’ in Tibet,
British Premier Gordon Brown on Monday hoped that Beijing would make
‘rapid progress’ in its human rights track record.

Addressing a joint press conference with visiting Chinese Premier Wen
Jiabao, Brown indicated that his country sought improvement on the human
rights front in the world's most populous nation.

"The UK will continue through our regular dialogue to seek rapid
progress towards all international human rights standards and I urge
further dialogue on the Chinese government to resolve the underlying
issues in Tibet," the Prime Minister said.

Wen's visit has been marred by anti-China protests in London, which saw
around 50 pro-Tibetan demonstrators gather outside 10 Downing Street on
Monday.

Five protestors were arrested after they held demonstrations on Sunday.

Tibet saw massive anti-China protests in March 2008 resulting in a harsh
clampdown from Chinese authorities.

The torch run for the Beijing Olympics had to be heavily guarded after
it was attacked by pro-Tibet protestors in London and Paris.

Brown also called for greater collaboration on trade and commerce
between the UK and China, saying the two countries shared a
determination to reverse the economic downturn, British media reported.

"Concerted efforts" were needed to "address the common challenges that
we face," Wen said, adding that the economic crisis had revealed the
"dangers of a totally unregulated market".
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