US proposal slammed by ministry

(China Daily)
Updated: 2008-04-08 06:58

The resolution on Tibet recently proposed by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is based on "ulterior motives", a spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry said Monday.

The resolution calls on the Chinese government to end its "crackdown" in the autonomous region and engage in substantive dialogue with the Dalai Lama.

Spokeswoman Jiang Yu said the resolution proposed by a few US House representatives did not condemn the mobs who committed assaults, vandalism, looting and arson in Lhasa. It also failed to denounce the Dalai clique, who masterminded and organized violent crimes, but instead blamed the Chinese government and the Chinese people for incidents in the region.

"The resolution called white black and was drafted because of ulterior motives," Jiang said.

With regard to contact between China's central government and the Dalai Lama, she said the government's policy has remained consistent and clear.

The government is willing to engage the Dalai Lama as long as he truly abandons advocacy of "Tibet independence", halts activities aimed at splitting the motherland and ceases to mastermind violent crimes within Tibet and other regions, Jiang said.

He should stop trying to sabotage the Beijing Olympic Games and also admit Tibet and Taiwan are inalienable parts of China, she said.

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"We urge these US congressmembers to respect the truth, give up preconceptions and recognize the true character of the Dalai clique," she said.

Jiang also asked the congressmembers, as political figures, to act responsibly by ceasing to put forward proposals related to Tibet and refrain from other activities hurtful to the Chinese people's feelings and Sino-US relations.

Objective reporting urged

Meanwhile, the top Chinese diplomat in Los Angeles, United States, briefed local media on the recent violent incidents in Lhasa and urged Western media to provide "objective" and "fair" coverage.

"It is unfortunate that a few Western media outlets, including some from the United States, are ignorant of the obvious truths and are basing their reports on distorted facts and unfounded claims," Zhang Yun, the Chinese consul-general in Los Angeles, said on Saturday.

The violent incidents since March 14, in Lhasa and other areas of the country, "have been proved" to have been masterminded and organized by the Dalai Lama clique, he said.

Their activities are aimed at sabotaging social stability in Tibet, disrupting the upcoming Beijing Olympics and agitating for the "Tibet independence" movement, he said.

"We hope the international community and media will recognize the fact that the Dalai clique instigated and plotted the incidents in Lhasa and other places with the intention of splitting China and undermining the Beijing Olympics," Zhang said.

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