|China rejects latest U.S. Tibet statements, lodges representations (03/11/09)|
BEIJING, March 11 (Xinhua) -- China on Wednesday said it had lodged solemn representations with the United States over the latest U.S. remarks on Tibet.
"We feel strong dissatisfaction and are resolutely opposed to it, and have lodged solemn representations with the United States," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu in a press release.
Ma's comments came after both the White House and the State Department made remarks and statements on Tuesday attacking China's policy in Tibet.
Robert Wood, acting spokesman at the U.S. State Department, noted the United States was "deeply concerned by the human rights situation in Tibetan areas" and urged China to take a "substantive dialogue with the Dalai Lama's representatives."
"The Tibet issue is purely China's internal affairs, thus the Chinese government and people oppose that any country uses it to interfere with our internal affairs," Ma said.
Ma said the United States had not paid attention to the actual situation in Tibet and made groundless accusations against China on the Tibet issue. It rudely intervened in China's internal affairs, which hurt Chinese people's feelings.
In past years, with concern of the central government and support of all people nationwide, remarkable achievements had been made in the Tibet Autonomous Region's building in all fields, including economy, society, culture and religion, Ma said.
"This has won heartfelt support from people of all nationalities, including the Tibetan ethnic group, and cannot be denied by any people without prejudice," he noted.
Ma reiterated that the central government's policy on contact with the Dalai Lama was consistent and clear, saying the door for talks remains open.
"Whether the talks can yield any progress depends on whether the Dalai Lama thoroughly reviews and corrects his political proposals, and truly abandons his plot of 'Tibet Independence'," he said.
Ma urged the U.S. to observe principles in the international relations and commitments of recognizing Tibet as China's territory and opposing "Tibet independence," stop interfering in China's internal affairs by the Tibet issue and avoid harming the general Sino-U.S. relations.
On Tuesday, China also condemned the vote by the U.S. House of Representatives on the non-binding measure on Tibet, and called for the withdrawal of the resolution.