Press Release: Chinese Leader on Contacts with Dalai Lama(06/02/08)
2008/06/02

 

1. During an interview with Japanese journalists stationed in Beijing on May 4 on the eve of his visit to Japan, Chinese President Hu Jintao talked about the contacts between the central government and Dalai Lama.

 Hu said that the Chinese central government officials would meet with private representatives of the Dalai Lama in view of repeated requests from the Dalai Lama side for resuming talks. As a Chinese saying goes, "Note a man's words but judge him by his deeds." To understand the real position a person takes, we need to watch his actions as well as his words. Our policy toward the Dalai Lama is clear and consistent, and the door to contacts and dialogues is always open. We hope the Dalai Lama side would take concrete actions to stop the activities aimed at splitting China, stop plotting and inciting violence and stop disrupting and sabotaging the Beijing Olympics so as to create conditions for further talks.

Hu said the system of regional autonomy for ethnic minorities was clearly provided in China's Constitution.  It is a basic political system of China. The main contents of China's policies on ethnic minorities are: all the ethnic groups in China are equal, and the state ensures the legitimate rights and interests of all the ethnic minorities, maintains and develops a socialist ethnic relationship featuring equality, unity, mutual assistance and harmony. Nearly six decades of practice since the founding of the People's Republic of China has proved that the system of regional autonomy for ethnic minorities and China's ethnic policies are in line with China's reality. China will continue to implement and improve this basic political system and the effective ethnic policies, and work for the well-being of the people of all ethnic groups.

2. On May 4, Zhu Weiqun and Sitar, officials of the relevant department of the CPC Central Committee, and the Dalai Lama's two private representatives Lodi Gyari and Kelsang Gyaltsen held a meeting in southern China city of Shenzhen.

Zhu Weiqun and Sitar pointed out that the Lhasa riot undermined the fundamental interests of all the Chinese people including Tibetans, aroused strong indignation and condemnation from all social sectors and were detested by the public. It was completely justified for the local government to take actions in accordance with the law to maintain public order and safeguard the country's legal system and the people's fundamental interests.

The situation in Lhasa has calmed down and the public order is being restored. Religious followers enjoy full freedom of religious belief, and the people want stability and development. Facts show that the guideline and policies of the Central Government are good. Through the concerted efforts of people from all ethnic groups, Tibet will have an even better future.

Zhu and Sitar pointed out that the Central Government's policy toward the Dalai Lama is clear and consistent, and the door to contacts and dialogue is always open. Since the year 2000, the central government has held six meetings with the Dalai Lama's private representatives in spite of many obstacles. The riot in Lhasa on March 14 has given rise to new obstacles for continued contacts and consultations with the Dalai side. However, the Central Government still arranged this meeting with great patience and sincerity. It was the hope of the Central Government that to create conditions for the next round of contact and consultation, the Dalai side should make good their words and take credible moves to stop activities aimed at splitting China, stop plotting and inciting violence and stop disrupting and sabotaging the Beijing Olympic Games.

The two representatives expressed their views on relevant matters and said they would report the meeting faithfully to the Dalai Lama.

Zhu and Sitar patiently answered the questions raised by the two representatives and exchanged views with them regarding future contacts and consultations. The two sides agreed that another round of contact would be held at an appropriate time.

 

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