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Hu tells Obama to respect China’s position on Tibet

April 5, 2009

Tibetan Review
April 3, 2009

Chinese President Hu Jintao told the US President
Barack Obama in London on Apr 1 that mutual
respect for and consideration of each other's
core interests are key to ensuring a sound and
stable development of Chinese-US relations,
reported China’s official Xinhua news agency Apr
1. It said he called Taiwan the most important
and sensitive core issue in China-US relations and also mentioned Tibet.

Tibet has always been an inseparable part of
China, and the Chinese government has been
practicing regional autonomy in Tibet and
striving to safeguard human rights and religious
freedom of the people there according to laws, Hu
was reported to have told Obama. During the Feb
’09 discussion of China’s human rights record at
the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, China hade
rejected all reference to the situation in Tibet,
claiming the only issue concerning it can only be of Chinese sovereignty.

Hu was also reported to have spoken of China
being committed to the preservation of Tibet's
fine traditional culture. But that’s what
Tibetans in the free, world, including the Dalai
Lama, accuse China of trying to destroy through
imposed development projects and encouragement of
Han immigration there so as to make it just another Chinese province.

Hu was reported to have expressed China’s hope
that the United States would adhere to its
recognition that Tibet as an inseparable part of
China's territory, its opposition to "Tibet
independence," and full understanding of and
respect for China's stand in this regard.

The two leaders were in London for the G20 meeting, which began on Apr 1.

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