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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang's Regular Press Conference on November 18

November 21, 2008

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PRC
November 19, 2008

On November 18, 2008, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang held a
regular press conference and answered questions on President Hu
Jintao attending the 16th APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, the
China-US Strategic Economic Dialogue and etc.

Qin Gang: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Since I have no
announcement to make, I'd be happy to take your questions.

excerpts:

Q: The "Prime Minister" of the "Tibetan Government in-Exile" said
that Tibetan leaders would push for Independence if they decide to
drop the Dalai Lama's middle way approach at end of the meeting this
week. What's your reaction to this?

A: The Chinese Government's position on the Tibet issue is very clear
and resolute. Any attempt to split Tibet from the Chinese territory
is doomed to failure. Not a single country in the world recognizes
the so-called "Government in-Exile," because no country acknowledges
Tibet as an independent state.

Q: About the meeting of "Tibetans in-Exile" in Dharamsala, India,
what is your expectation of the Indian Government's attitude towards
this meeting?

A: We take note that the Indian Government has repeated on many
occasions its commitment of no-tolerance of anti-China political
activities by Tibetans on the Indian territory. We hope and believe
that such commitment will be honored.
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