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China Warned the World Not to Give Stage to Exiled Tibetans

July 19, 2010

Erwin L Molier
The Tibet Post International
July 15, 2010

Dharamshala -- On Wednesday, Chinese Foreign
Minister Yang Jiechi warned all the countries not
to provide stage for "Tibetan separatists." He
claimed that, "Tibet-related issues are purely
China's internal affairs. He made the remark at a
press conference after his talks with his British
counterpart William Hague. Yang also shamelessly
exaggerated that, the international community
widely recognized that Tibet has always been an
inalienable part of Chinese territory since ancient times."

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled
spiritual leader, has occasionally condemned
China's "rule of terror" in Tibet and criticized
it as "cultural genocide". "Some respected
international organization can investigate the
situation is in Tibet and the underlying cause,"
the Tibetan leader told reporters in Dharamshala,
after deadly crackdowns taking place in all parts
of Tibet in 2008 caused the deaths of more than 200 Tibetans.

Yang claimed more saying, according to China's
Constitution and Law on Regional Autonomy for
China's Minority, Tibet adopted the system of
ethnic regional autonomy. In March 1959, the
Chinese government dissolved the aristocratic
local government of Tibet and liberated more than
1 million serfs. And, since the democratic
reforms, Tibet has made remarkable achievements
in many fields that includes political, economic and culture.

He further claimed that, Tibetans have enjoyed
comprehensive social progress and standard of
living with proper preservation of cultural
heritage. And, they have fully enjoyed freedom of
speech and all rights endowed in the laws. The
Tibet issue bears on China's sovereignty and
territorial integrity and its' core interests,
and is an internal affair of China.

During the talks and the press briefing, Yang
also called on China and Britain to properly
handle their differences and work together in
tackling global and regional challenges. He also
enhanced maintaining and furthering Sino-British
relationship conforms on fundamental interests of both the countries.

However, between 1949-1959 more than 1.2 millions
Tibetans, including women and children, were
killed or murdered in Tibet, particularly during
the so called 10 year Cultural Revolution
(1966-1976), which saw the mass destruction of
Tibetan buildings and religious artifacts. More
than 6,000 monasteries were destroyed, many of
them used as target practice by Chinese
artillery. A thousand years' worth of priceless
Buddhist literature, religious paintings and
artifacts were either destroyed, burnt and stolen.
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