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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

Statement of Chinese Embassy in the U.S. on Dalai's visit

February 26, 2010

CNN
February 23, 2010

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

     * Chinese Embassy responds to Dalai Lama's appearance on "Larry King Live"
     * Statement says Dalai Lama is a political
figure, not purely religious figure
     * It says Tibet has been part of China "from ancient times"

What Dalai Lama has said and done in the past
decades have fully shown that he is not a pure
religious figure, but a political figure in exile
who's long engaged in activities to split China
and undermine ethnic unity in China under the
cover of religion. While claiming that his visits
to foreign countries are aimed at spreading
religious teachings, he has never stopped
defaming the Chinese Government, selling "Tibet
independence" proposals and undermining relations
between China and other countries. This is well
reflected in his remarks during his current
visit, including those he made on CNN's Larry King Live.

In addition, the talks between Dalai's private
representatives and the Chinese Government at the
end of January have demonstrated once again that
the Dalai group is still clinging to their
separatist propositions, including the so-called
"greater Tibet region" and "meaningful autonomy",
whose ultimate goal is to separate a quarter of
Chinese territory from China. This is something
that no sovereign country can allow to occur.

As Dalai Lama claimed on Larry King Live, he
regards a foreign country other than China or its
Tibetan Autonomous Region as his "home", and
Tibet is "not much concern" to him. Such a
political figure is in no way qualified to
represent the Tibetan people as self-claimed by him.

Tibet has never been a country in history, but an
inalienable part of China from ancient times.
Dalai Lama's repeated calling Tibet a "country"
explains nothing but his true mind of splitting
Tibet from China. We urge the U.S. side earnestly
abide by the U.S. Government's committment of
recognizing Tibet as part of China and not
supporting "Tibet independence", take measures to
undo the damages caused by Dalai's visit, stop
providing convenience or platform for Dalai and
pro-Tibet independence forces, take concret
actions to maintain the healthy and stable
development of China-U.S. relations. We sincerely
hope American people see through Dalai's true
nature as a separatist and his ulterior motive of
sabotaging China-U.S. relations, understand and
support China's just positions on Tibet-related issues.
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