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China says meeting of Tibetan exiles will "Get Nowhere"

November 15, 2008

By Phurbu Thinley
November 13, 2008

Dharamsala, November 13 -- China said Thursday a meeting of Tibetan
exiles in India next week would "get nowhere", saying the
participants did not represent the views of most Tibetans. China also
warned India from allowing such separatist activities on its soil.

"The people planning or attending this meeting do not represent the
majority of the Chinese people. Their separatist attempts will get
nowhere," AFP reported Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang
telling reporters in Beijing.

"The Chinese government is solemnly against any international
activities aimed at splitting China," Qin said in response to a
question on Beijing's attitude toward the gathering at a regularly
scheduled new conference.

Many exiles are impatient with the Dalai Lama's call for "meaningful
autonomy" for his homeland and there are growing calls for outright
independence from China.

"The Indian government has made solemn commitments on several
occasions that (it) does not allow any activities on its soil aimed
at dividing (China)," Qin said, when asked about the meeting at the
press briefing. "We hope that this commitment can be fulfilled," Qin added.

More than 500 leading Tibetan exiles will gather for a "special
meeting" in Dharamsala, which serves as the base for the Tibetan
Government-in-exile, next week to discuss the future of their freedom movement.

The meeting is the largest of its kind in 60 years and was called by
the exiled Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama in response to lack of any
signs of progress in the dialogue process and the worsening state of
affairs within Tibet following widespread anti-China protests that
broke out in the region earlier this year.

The Dalai Lama last month said he was losing "faith and trust" in
dealing with Beijing for a negotiated settlement over the future of
Tibet. The Dalai Lama complained, even after pursuing his middle-way
policy of seeking "real and meaningful" autonomy for Tibet for a long
time, there hasn't been any positive response from the Chinese side.

The gathering will be held Nov. 17 to 22.

India, which shares close historical, cultural and religious ties
with Tibet, has been home to more than 100,000 Tibetan refugees after
the Dalai Lama and his supporters fled to India in 1959 following a
failed anti-China uprising in the region.

The latest round of talks between Beijing and representatives of the
Dalai Lama ended inconclusively this month, with Beijing emphatically
ruling out every Tibetan proposal for a greater autonomy within the
constitutional framework of PRC.
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