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

MP raises Tibet in Commons debate following recent visit

October 16, 2009

www.politics.co.uk
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"I was privileged to take part in a Parliamentary
delegation to Tibet and China last month and to
be able to raise with our Chinese hosts questions
about the effect of Tibet on China’s relationship
with the west, and the number of human rights
abuses that have taken place in Tibet,” said
North Wiltshire MP James Gray this morning.

"Yesterday I took part in a Westminster Hall
debate in which I raised some of these issues further.

"In my view, the Chinese Government should hasten
negotiations face to face with the Dalai Lama,
possibly involving third nation interlocutors, so
that the role and status of the Dalai Lama should
not cloud relations between the free world and China.”

"Human rights abuses, which the delegation raised
with our Chinese hosts, should not lead to the
wholly illogical stance of those who call for a
‘Free Tibet.’ Like the United States and every
other EU member state, we regard Tibet as part of
the People’s Republic of China. The Dalai Lama
has also stated this position publicly, arguing
that Tibet should have an autonomous status
within the framework of the Chinese constitution."
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