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China says no compromise on national sovereignty, refutes Dalai's so-called "middle way"

November 12, 2008
November 10, 2008

BEIJING, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- China said here Monday that no
concessions would be made on issues concerning the national
sovereignty following talks between central government officials and
private envoys of the Dalai Lama.

"The unification of the motherland, territorial integrity and the
national dignity are the greatest interests of the Chinese people. We
will never make a concession," Zhu Weiqun, executive vice minister of
the United Front Work Department (UFWD) of the Communist Party of
China (CPC) Central Committee, told reporters.

The Dalai Lama's private representatives, Lodi Gyari and Kelsang
Gyaltsen, were in China from Oct. 31 to Nov. 5, during which period
Zhu, UFWD Vice Minister Sita and Executive Vice Chairman of the Tibet
Autonomous Region Pelma Trilek held talks with them.

Du Qinglin, vice-chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese
People's Political Consultative Conference, also met with them.

This is the ninth round of talks between Chinese central government
officials and the Dalai Lama's private envoys since 2002 and the
third round of talks this year.

Zhu admitted contacts and talks "failed to make progress". He said
the Dalai Lama side should "shoulder full responsibility for that".

Asked to comment on the reports in which the Dalai Lama said he would
not follow a so-called "middle way" if the talks failed, Zhu said the
claim of "middle way" aimed at outright Tibetan independence and thus
unacceptable to the central government.

The Dalai Lama put forward the idea of "middle way" in the 1980s.

Zhu said the Dalai Lama explained the approach many times, including
in the "five-point peace plan" in 1987, the "seven-point new
suggestions" in 1988 and a "Memorandum" tabled to the central
government by his private representatives during the recent talks.

Zhu said those remarks and documents showed that the Dalai Lama's
"middle way" had five basic features. "The first is that the Dalai
Lama does not acknowledge that Tibet is part of China since ancient times."

"The Dalai Lama said on many occasions that when the Chinese People's
Liberation Army (PLA) entered Tibet, Tibet was an independent country
and now Tibet is still an independent country, which was illegally
occupied," Zhu said.

He said it is known to all people with some historical knowledge that
the Chinese central authorities have exerted undisputable and
effective administration over Tibet since the beginning of the Yuan
Dynasty (1271-1368).

"By denying China's sovereignty over Tibet, the Dalai Lama is seeking
a legal basis for his activities of 'Tibet independence',
'semi-independence and 'independence in a disguised form'," Zhu said.

'Secondly, the Dalai Lama is scheming for a 'Greater Tibet', which
has never existed," he said.

Zhu said the so-called "Greater Tibet" included not only the whole
Tibet Autonomous Region, but also a large territory of Qinghai
Province, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Gannan in Gansu Province,
Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze and Aba in Sichuan Province,
Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Deqen in Yunnan Province and some other areas.

"In total, it covers one fourth of China's entire territory," Zhu said.

Zhu said Tibetan areas outside Tibet had never been under the
administration of Tibet's local government. When Tibet was peacefully
liberated in 1951, the jurisdiction of the local Tibet government did
not exceed the current area of the Tibet Autonomous Region.

Zhu said the attempt at a "Greater Tibet" also harbors malicious intentions.

"China is a country in which various ethnic groups live together. If
ethnic groups in China all ask for an autonomous region in which only
people of their own groups could live, the whole country would be
cast into chaos," he said.

Zhu said the third feature of the "middle way" was to overthrow the
current social and political system in the Tibet Autonomous Region
under the pretense of "high degree of autonomy".

The official said the Dalai Lama and key supporters had said on many
occasions that a "high degree of autonomy" meant that except for
diplomatic and military affairs, all political, economic, cultural,
educational and religious affairs should be subject to the
administration of Tibetans.

In that case, feudal serfdom would be re-established over one-fourth
of the Chinese territory, he said.

Zhu said the fourth feature was that it asked the central government
to withdraw the PLA from "Greater Tibet" area.

"Everybody knows that the army is a basic guarantee of territorial
integrity, national security and social stability," Zhu said. "I
believe not a single nation would agree to withdraw its own army from
its own territory."

Zhu said the fifth feature of the "middle way" is the exclusion of
other ethnic groups from the area of "Greater Tibet".

Zhu said the Dalai Lama's "five-point peace plan" stated clearly that
the migration of other ethnic groups to Tibet must be curbed and the
Han migrants must leave Tibet.

That means, once the Dalai Lama retained power in Tibet, racial
discrimination, segregation and purges would be inevitable, Zhu said.

The official urged the Dalai Lama to "do some good things for the
country and the people including the Tibetans". He reiterated that
the door for the Dalai Lama's return to a patriotic stance had always
been open and would remain open.

"But the door for 'Tibet independence', 'half independence' and'
independence in a disguised form' had never been open, nor would it
be open in the future," he said.
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