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Pelosi talks Tibet with top Chinese leaders

June 1, 2009

By Phurbu Thinley
May 28, 2009

Dharamsala, May 28 -- Speaker of the U.S. House
of representative Nancy Pelosi and a bipartisan
CODEL on Wednesday met with China’s three top
leaders- President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao,
and Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of the National
People's Congress, and talked about North Korea
and human rights abuses in Tibet.

Speaker Pelosi and five House legislators
involved in energy and environmental issues met
with the Chinese leaders separately on the third
day of an eight-day tour of China.

The meetings had addressed North Korea’s recent
nuclear test and missile launchings, human rights
issues, intellectual property rights and the
global financial crisis, according to a press
statement issued late Wednesday by the office of the Speaker of the House.

"We urged the Chinese leaders to use their
influence to help bring North Korea to the table
for Six-Party Talks. On clean energy and climate
change, both sides agreed to work together to
confront the urgent challenge we face. Our
delegation also emphasized the bipartisan concern
in Congress on China's poor record on human
rights in China and Tibet,” Pelosi said in the statement.

"Republicans and Democrats are united in our
concern about human rights abuses in China and
Tibet," the statement added Congressman James
Sensenbrenner, Republican of Wisconsin, as saying.

Sensenbrenner was also in the Pelosi-led
10-member congressional delegation that visited
Dharamsala, the seat of the Tibetan
Government-in-Exile in northern India, in March
last year amidst growing anti-China unrest in Tibet.

Speaking in Dharamsala, Pelosi said the
delegation joined the Tibetans at "a sad time" in
order to shed "the bright light of truth" on the situation in their homeland.

Describing the Dalai Lama as "the embodiment of
non violence," Pelosi called for "an independent,
outside investigation" after China accused the
Dalai Lama of masterminding the Tibet unrest. She
challenged the world to "speak out against Chinese oppression."

"If freedom-loving people throughout the world do
not speak out against Chinese oppression in China
and Tibet, we have lost all moral authority to
speak on behalf of human rights anywhere in the
world," she said in her address to a gathering in Dharamsala last year.

On April 3, 2008, Pelosi introduced House
Resolution 1077, which calls on "China to cease
the crackdown, release protestors, provide
unfettered access to journalists and independent
international monitors to Tibet, and engage in a
results-based dialogue with the Dalai Lama."

The delegation arrived in China on Sunday and
will reportedly stay in China until May 31.

Pelosi, a longtime supporter of Tibet’s cause and
a staunch critic of China’s human rights record,
has been seen downplaying both Tibet and human
rights issues during the ongoing China visit by some observers.

However, in Beijing, her visit was greeted by
pro-democracy protesters bearing a banner that
said: "Welcome Pelosi. Pay close attention to human rights. SOS."
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