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Chinese leader says fight against Tibetans remains 'very serious'

October 28, 2009

ANI
October 27, 2009

Islamabad, Oct 27 (ANI) -- Reacting to
comments  made by overseas activist groups that
Chinese soldiers had executed up to four Tibetans
for their role in anti-Chinese riots in the
region in March 2008, China’s top Communist Party
leader in Tibet said the fight against separatism remains “very serious”.

According to the Chinese state media, a foreign
ministry spokesman on Tuesday confirmed two of
those executions, telling reporters that their
cases had been handled "in strict accordance with the law."

The unrest, which started in Lhasa, spread to
other Tibetan-inhabited regions in China,
embarrassing the government as it prepared to
host the Beijing Olympics, a foreign news agency reported.

In a speech in Lhasa, Zhang Qingli, urged all
levels of government, as well as the military, to
step up efforts to ensure public order in the
Himalayan region hit by a deadly unrest in 2008, The News reported.

"Since 2005, we have made important contributions
to safeguard overall social stability by hitting
hard and preventing (separatism) and by building
a solid line of defence to strike at hostile people," Zhang said.

"But, at present the anti-separatist struggle in
our region remains very serious," the paper quoted him, as saying this week.
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