China garners broad int'l support over riots

Updated: 2008-03-22 08:58

BEIJING - China said Friday that near 100 countries had already demonstrated their support for China's action in the Tibet riot, noting that attempts of "using Dalai to reach ulterior motive" were doomed to fail.

The governments of almost 100 countries had conveyed to China or demonstrated in public their support for China's action to safeguard the national sovereignty, territorial integrity and stability in Tibet and condemned the violence and those who masterminded the crimes, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in a written statement,

"It is a clear proof that the international community is on the side of China", the spokesman said.

Qin made the remarks in response to reporters' question concerning U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's meeting with Dalai Lama on Friday in India.

He called Dalai a "chief representative" for the surf system and a political refugee engaged in activities of splitting China and destroying national unity, stressing that China firmly opposes to any encouragement or support for the secessionist attempts of Dalai's clique which violate the basic principles of international relations.

"It won't establish any moral authority at all," Qin noted.

Pelosi was reported as calling for pressing China on the Tibet issue.

A spokesman of the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Thursday strongly denounced the unsavory elements of their moves to seek "the independence of Tibet" and scuttle the upcoming Beijing Olympics.

He expressed support to the Chinese government in its efforts to ensure social stability and the rule of law in Tibet and to defend the fundamental interests of the Tibetan people.

A spokesman of Mongolia's Foreign Ministry reiterated that Mongolia adheres to the one-China policy and recognizes Tibet as an inalienable part of China.

The Foreign Ministry of Nepal said in a statement that Tibet is an inseparable part of China and it appreciates the commitment by the Chinese government to peace, stability and progress.

A spokesman of the Bangladeshi Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement on Thursday, expressing Bangladesh's solidarity with China on the Tibet issue.

All matters pertaining to Tibet are internal affairs of China, the statement said.

Bangladesh wishes the Beijing Olympic Games great success and said it opposes the idea of politicizing the sports event, the spokesman said.

Kazakh Vice Foreign Minister Nurlan Baiuzakovich Yermekbayev told reporters that Tibet is an inseparable part of the Chinese territory, and the measures taken by the Chinese government in efforts to defend Tibet's social stability is entirely China's internal affair.

Adakhan Madumarov, speaker of the Kyrgyzstan's parliament said the violent crimes in Lhasa have caused casualties among innocent people and damage to property.

He said Kyrgyzstan is very concerned about these events. The Tibet issue is an internal affair of China and Kyrgyzstan believes that the Chinese government and people have the capacity to safeguard the social stability in Tibet.

Tajik First Deputy Foreign Minister Abdullo Yuldoshev told Chinese ambassador to Tajikistan that his country strongly condemns the organizers and mobs who sparked the riots in Lhasa, firmly supports the measures by the Chinese government within the law to maintain social stability and strongly opposes the politicization of the Olympics.

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