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Any attempt to sabotage stability and development in Tibet doomed to fail

November 2, 2007

BEIJING, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) -- Any attempt by any person and by any means to sabotage stability and development in Tibet is doomed to fail, Chinese Foreign
Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said here Thursday.

Liu, in response to a question at a regular press conference, said that China has firmly engaged in the development, stability and prosperity of Tibet.

The Dalai Lama is a political exile who is attempting to separate the motherland, he said.

According to Liu, certain countries and persons showed interest in the Dalai Lama for two reasons. "Some people have been misled by him, while some hope to
change something through him," he said.

"Actually, they can change nothing," Liu stressed.

No one or effort "can change the firm determination of the Chinese people, including the Tibetan people, to safeguard China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, nor
can they change China's determination to engage in development, stability and prosperity in Tibet," he said.

He hoped certain countries make no miscalculation over the issue.

In response to a question on the proposed December meeting between the Pope and the Dalai Lama, Liu said that China urged the Vatican not to do anything which
will hurt the feelings of the Chinese people, and he urged the Vatican to show its sincerity in improving ties with China with earnest acts.

Certain acts made by certain countries on the Dalai Lama issue has already brought damage to their ties with China, he said.

Moreover, these acts "will further undermine their image in the minds of the Chinese people and also their credibility in observing basic norms of international
relations," he said.

He hoped relevant parties would face up to the problem and stop interfering in China's internal affairs, in an effort to maintain bilateral ties with concrete acts.

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