China rejects Bush’s call to re-open dialogue with Dalai LamaMarch 27th, 2008 - 7:40 pm ICT by admin
New Delhi, Mar 27 (ANI): Chinese President Hu Jintao told US President George W Bush that the Chinese Government’s policy towards the Dalai Lama was ” clear and consistent, and it has all along kept in touch with his side with great patience”.
A statement released by the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that in his telephone talk with President Bush on Wednesday, Hu said, “the exiled spiritual leader was fomenting the unrest to sabotage the Beijing Olympic Games”.
“No responsible government would sit by and watch when faced with this kind of violent crime, which gravely violated human rights, seriously disrupted social order, and seriously endangered the safety of public life and property”, Hu added.
The statement said that Hu further reiterated his Government’s willingness to continue contacts and consultation with the Dalai Lama, as long as he truly abandons advocating “Tibet independence” and stops activities aimed at splitting the motherland, especially activities to fan and mastermind violent crimes in Tibet as well as in some other regions and to sabotage the upcoming Beijing Olympic Games, and accepts that Tibet and Taiwan are inalienable parts of China. Bush had called Hu Jintao and emphasized his concerns about the unrest in Tibet and urged him to ease access for journalists and diplomats.
Talks between the Chinese authorities and the Dalai Lama’s representatives were suspended since the summer of last year.
Protests against Beijing’s rule of Tibet began in Lhasa on March 10, the anniversary of a failed 1959 uprising against China.
The Dalai Lama has stated that he was ready to have a dialogue with Beijing, and on Tuesday reiterated a pledge to resign as the spokesman of the Tibetan people if they engaged in violent anti-Chinese protests.
According to China only 19 people have been killed in riots while the Tibetan Government-in-exile says about 140 people have been killed in a crackdown on protesters by Chinese security forces. (ANI)
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