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China questions Dalai Lama's "disappointment" over talks

November 5, 2008

4 Nov 2008, 2040 hrs IST, Saibal Dasgupta, TNN

BEIJING: Chinese foreign ministry struck to its stand on the question 
of Tibet and the Dalai Lama even as the Tibetan leader said he has 
lost faith in a fruitful outcome of negotiations with the authorities 
in China.

"Our stand is clear and consistent. Dalai Lama need to take 
appropriate action to give up separatist activities and do something 
good for the Tibetan people during his life time," Qin Gang, foreign 
ministry spokesman said at a press conference on Tuesday.

He did not elaborate on the results of the talks that took place 
between Chinese officials and Dalai Lama's officials over the past few 
days.

The comment on a day when China announced it was working on an action 
plan to improve the human rights conditions in the country. The State 
Council, which is the national cabinet, indicated it was considering 
changes in the law to improve the functioning of the administration 
and expand democracy.

It was working on a draft action plan to strengthen the rule of law, 
improve people's livelihood, protect rights of women, children and 
ethnic minorities. The government will work to boost public awareness 
of human rights, the State Council said in a statement. But it did not 
disclose a time frame for the release of the draft action plan.

At the same time, the official media has continued its attack on the 
Tibetan leader. The official Xinhua news agency ran an opinion piece 
saying Dalai Lama's claim that he was disappointed over the process of 
negotiations with Chinese leaders was a "pathetic posture" aimed at 
drawing public attention and sympathy.

"His "disappointment" also showed his reluctance to give up his stance 
to seek "Tibetan independence." For the Dalai Lama, it is futile to 
play mean tricks and try to turn back the wheel of history," the 
officially approved article said. Such opinion pieces are usually 
cleared by high-ranking Communist Party leaders as China's views on 
the Dalai Lama impacts China's relationship with several countries 
including India.

The article advised the Tibetan leader to "stop repeating the mistakes 
and discard his fantasies,". It asked the Dalai Lama to create a 
"favourable condition" for the contacts and negotiations between the 
central government and his private representatives.

China doesn't improve its human rights in response to the presumed 
will of any country. China advocates human rights dialogues should be 
based on equality and mutual respect. China opposes taking double 
standards to interfere in other countries' internal affairs.
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