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China Tells its Overseas Organizations to Oppose Tibet Separatism

April 30, 2009

By Phurbu Thinley
April 28, 2009

Dharamsala, April 28 -- Overseas Chinese
anti-secession organizations have been told by
China to beef up efforts in promoting peaceful
mainland-Taiwan relations and opposing Tibet
separation attempts, state-run news agency Xinhua reported Saturday.

The report said that the overseas organizations
were "told to strive to create a more favorable
environment for the promotion of the peaceful
development of mainland-Taiwan relations, and
stand alert and oppose the ‘Tibet independence’
forces and their divisive activities."

The report said the call was issued at the end of
a three-day conference of China Council for the
Promotion of Peaceful National Reunification that
concluded in Beijing on April 25. It said 122
overseas Chinese representatives from 68
countries and regions took part in the meeting.

On April 24, the report said, Jia Qinglin,
chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese
People's Political Consultative Conference and
head of the council, met with the representatives.

The call was made at a time when the exiled
Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama began
his ongoing tour of US, during which he is
scheduled to give a series of public talks and,
hold meetings with Chinese democratic activists and China experts.

The Dalai Lama is, however, not scheduled to
visit Washington or meet with US officials during
his two-week US tour. But ahead of the visit,
China demanded that the United States cancel the
visit by the Dalai Lama and warned President
Barack Obama against any plan to meet with the Tibetan leader.

"We oppose the Dalai Lama going to any country to
engage in splittist activities under any
pretext," Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman
Jiang Yu said at a regular news conference in
Beijing last week. Jiang further said her
government had urged the US to "honor its
commitments and not allow the Dalai to engage in
separatist activities in the United States."

The Buddhist religious leader, a recipient of the
Nobel peace prize, who is respected around the
world, says he is seeking only meaningful
autonomy for his homeland, Tibet, and not
independence as accused by China. China routinely
vilifies him as a separatist and regularly warns
countries and leaders who receive him.

Addressing a Tokyo news conference on a stopover
before the speaking tour of the United States,
Dalai Lama reportedly accused China of "acting
like a child" in cracking down on Tibetans and
other minorities, saying it lacked the moral authority of a genuine superpower.

The Dalai Lama said he saw China, "such a big nation, acting like a child".

"We have sincerely committed to remain part of
the PRC for our own interest, for our economic
development, provided [we have] minimal autonomy
to safeguard our culture, our spirituality and
the environment," AFP quoted Dalai Lama as saying during the conference.
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