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No Independence for Tibet, Doors for Talk Open: China

November 21, 2008

Phayul
November 20, 2008

Dharamshala, Nov. 20 -- As the Tibetan representatives from all over
the world gathered here for the largest ever assembly of Tibetans for
a 'Special Meeting' to discuss future political strategies, China
said "Independence for Tibet autonomous region can never be
considered, but the door remains open for talks with representatives
of the Dalai Lama."

Zhu Weiqun, executive vice-minister of the United Front Work
Department (UFWD) of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central
Committee, made the remarks when meeting a group of overseas Chinese in Paris.

"It is impossible for the central government to talk with the Dalai
Lama's personal representatives over the so-called Tibet issue. The
Tibet government-in-exile is illegal, and the central government will
not talk with it," the People's Daily quoted Zhu as saying on Wednesday.

"There is no compromising on this issue," he said.

"The central government will talk only with the personal
representatives of the Dalai Lama about his future on the condition
he gives up his wrong stance."

Meanwhile, China has geared up its propaganda of its claim on Tibet.
A group of Chinese 'Tibetologists' is currently touring Europe. The
Chinese team is meeting European politicians, mediapersons, scholars,
overseas Chinese and Chinese students in what the exile Tibetans
describe as an attempt to lay 'false claim on Tibet, and to justify
its occupation of the Himalayan region'. The exile Tibetans maintain
that historically Tibet has never been a part of China.

The exile Tibetan government since 1979 has worked towards chalking
out a mutually acceptable solution to the Tibet issue through 'the
Middle way Approach' to save Tibet's culture and religion that it
fears is under the threat of disappearance.
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