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Chinese Lawyer Says German Chancellor Was Right in Meeting the Dalai Lama

December 14, 2007

ICT
December 13th, 2007

A Chinese law professor and human rights activist, Teng Biao, has said
German Chancellor Merkel was right in meeting the Dalai Lama. In an
interview to the German newspaper TAZ published on December 11, 2007,
Teng said the Dalai Lama works peacefully for the Tibetans and their
autonomy and the "meeting with him is not only good for the Tibetans,
but also for the Chinese."

Teng Biao is a lecturer at the Law School of China University of
Political Science and Law in Beijing. He is among the few lawyers in
China who have been active in working on human rights within China.

He added, "A meeting with the Dalai Lama is a message to the Chinese
government that the world is concerned about human rights in Tibet. The
Dalai Lama works peacefully for the Tibetans and their autonomy. He is
not struggling with violence and not for independence from China.
Therefore, a meeting with him is not only good for the Tibetans, but
also for the Chinese."

Following is a translation of the relevant excerpt from the interview
published in German. The full text can be seen on http://www.taz.de

Human Rights Activist Teng Biao

"Meeting with the Dalai Lama Helps China"

www.taz.de

December 11, 2007

Q. China's government has suspended the official legal dialogue on
account of the Chancellor meeting with the Tibetan Dalai Lama.

A. This shows that China's government is using this dialogue also to
serve as a tool to enforce their views. If that fails, as it now
threatens, in the case of Germany with discontinuation of the talks. I
welcome the German Chancellor meeting the Dalai Lama. That is good and
right, as also the continuation of the rule of law dialogue.

Q. Do human rights benefit from such symbolic acts, as the meeting
between Ms Merkel and the Dalai Lama? Or, would it be better to have
quiet diplomacy?

A. The Chancellor has behaved properly. A meeting with the Dalai Lama is
a message to the Chinese government that the world is concerned about
human rights in Tibet. The Dalai Lama works peacefully for the Tibetans
and their autonomy. He is not struggling with violence and not for
independence from China. Therefore, a meeting with him is not only good
for the Tibetans, but also for the Chinese.

Q. Why?

A. If Tibetans become more radical than the Dalai Lama, it would be bad
for Tibetans as well as for the Chinese. Therefore, the world should be
more alert in terms of human rights in Tibet. I also do not believe that
Merkel's meeting with the Dalai Lama is very damaging to German trade
relations. The more heads of state and government meet the Dalai Lama,
the better.
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