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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 introduce Tibet development in Helsinki

November 21, 2008 (People's Republic of China)
November 18, 2008

HELSINKI, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- A delegation of Chinese Tibetologists
on Tuesday briefed their Finnish hosts on Tibet's history and its
social and economic developments.

The delegation, led by Zhu Xiaoming, deputy director-general of
China's Tibetology Research Center, held separate meetings with
Finnish politicians, media members, and representatives for overseas
Chinese and Chinese students in Finland.

During a meeting with lawmakers, the Chinese Tibetologists cited data
and examples to illuminate the point that Tibet has been part of
China throughout history.

They also gave an account of social and economic developments in
Tibet, the true story of the March 14 riot in the Tibetan capital
Lhasa, as well as the Chinese government's negotiations with the
Dalai Lama in recent years.

Over the past decades, the average life span of Tibetans has
increased from 35.5 to 61 years, nine-year compulsory education has
been accessible to over 90 percent of Tibet's school-aged children,
and the per capita GNP has exceeded 10,000 yuan (about 1,470 U.S.
dollars), said Zhu, adding all those are facts that Tibetans are
living a life which is unimaginable under the serf system.

On negotiations between the Chinese central government and the Dalai
Lama's representatives, Zhu said government officials and the Dalai
Lama's private envoys have held nine rounds of talks since 2002.

The door for the Dalai Lama's return to a patriotic stance is always
open, but the door to "Tibet independence," "half independence" or
"independence in a disguised form" has never been open, nor would it
be open in the future, Zhu said.

Finnish Congressman Ilkka Kantola welcomed the Chinese scholars'
introduction on Tibet and hoped Finland and China can enhance
exchanges to give Finnish people more chances to know China.

Also on Tuesday, Zhu met with representatives from Finland's major
media and answered questions concerning Tibet. He also exchanged
views on Tibet with overseas Chinese and Chinese students.

The Chinese delegation arrived in Finland on Monday.
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