No responsible government will sit by when faced with the kind of brazen violent acts seen in Tibet recently, President Hu Jintao said yesterday.
He made the remarks during a telephone conversation with his US counterpart George W. Bush.
They also talked about the Taiwan question, according to a statement released by the Foreign Ministry.
On the Lhasa riots, Hu said the rioters were by no means "peaceful demonstrators" and their activities were not "non-violent" as claimed by the Dalai Lama clique.
Hu said the Chinese government's policy toward the Dalai Lama is clear and consistent, and the Chinese government has all along kept in touch with his side with great patience.
He further reiterated the government's stance toward the Dalai Lama.
He said the government is willing to continue contact and consultation with the Dalai Lama, as long as he truly abandons advocating "Tibet independence", stops activities aimed at splitting the motherland and accepts that Tibet and Taiwan are inalienable parts of China.
He especially mentioned activities to fan and mastermind violent crimes in Tibet as well as in some other regions and to sabotage the upcoming Beijing Olympic Games.
On Taiwan, Hu voiced appreciation at the US stance, repeated many times by Bush and his administration, that the US adheres to the one-China policy, abides by the three Sino-US joint communiques, opposes "Taiwan independence" and a referendum on Taiwan's UN membership, and is against Taiwan's bid to join the UN and other international organizations, which only sovereign countries can join.
Hu expressed hope that the China and the US will continue to work jointly to secure peace and stability across the Straits.