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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Chinese Tibetologists end visit to Norway

October 21, 2008

Editor: Lin Liyu (Peoples' Republic of China)
October 20, 2008

STOCKHOLM, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- A delegation of Chinese Tibetologists
ended their visit to Norway on Monday after exchanging views with the
Norwegian public and briefing them on the developments in Tibet.

Norwegian Vice President of the Lower House Olav Gunnar Ballo said
that he had learned more about the reality in Tibet through his talks
with the Chinese Tibetologists.

Shen Kaiyun, head of the delegation, made a presentation on Tibet's
economic and social development, religious freedom and the
preservation of traditional Tibetan culture to the hosts.

In fluent English, Dawa Ciren, a researcher in the Tibetan Academy of
Social Sciences, also briefed the hosts on the protection of
environment and wild lives in Tibet.

During their talks with Egil Lothe, president of Norwegian Buddhist
Union, the Chinese Tibetologists also gave an account of religions in
today's Tibet.

"There are more than 1,700 temples and 46,000 clergies in Tibet
nowadays," Shen said.

"The Chinese government has put a large amount of money to preserve
and repair temples, an indication of religious freedom in Tibet," Shen added.

Egil Lothe praised the frank exchange of views between the two
countries, saying it helped Norwegians to get a better understanding of Tibet.

During their meeting with officials from the Norwegian Foreign
Ministry and University of Oslo, members of the delegation also
briefed them on the Chinese government's position and the reality of Tibet.

The Chinese Tibetologists arrived in Oslo on Wednesday for a visit to Norway.
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