Tibet separatists doomed to fail: Party chief
By Wu Jiao (China Daily)
Updated: 2008-03-08 08:51
Attempts at "Tibet independence" are doomed to fail, Tibetan Party Secretary Zhang Qingli said on Friday.
The Dalai Lama has never stopped plotting to separate Tibet from China since he betrayed the country, Zhang, secretary of the Tibet Autonomous Region Committee of the Communist Party of China, said on the sidelines of the ongoing session of the National People's Congress, the top legislature.
"We will never tolerate those who are set on such activities."
Qiangba Puncog, chairman of the government of the Tibet autonomous region, expressed his confidence in Tibet's security during the forthcoming Olympic Games.
"All Chinese hope for a successful Olympics," Zhang said.
"Anyone who wants to sabotage the Games will get nowhere."
Qiangba Puncog, the top government official in Tibet, also warned that the activities of the Dalai Lama clique were the "main factors of instability in Tibet".
"They will not succeed. We are fully prepared and have full confidence.
"We will definitely ensure the Olympics and Olympic-related events in Tibet proceed smoothly," he said.
The Tibet leg of the Olympic torch relay is due to scale Mount Qomolangma.
President Hu Jintao on Thursday stressed stability and social harmony in the Tibet autonomous region while joining a panel discussion with Tibetan legislators.
"Stability in Tibet concerns the stability of the country, and safety in Tibet concerns the safety of the country," Hu told the delegation.