Premier: Door to communication with Dalai Lama wide open
( 2003-11-24 09:05) (Xinhua)
Premier Wen Jiabao said that the door to communication between China's
central government and the Dalai Lama is wide open.
So long as the Dalai Lama genuinely abandons his position on seeking Tibetan
independence and publicly recognizes Tibet and Taiwan as inalienable parts of
Chinese territory, contacts and discussions between him and the central
government can resume, Wen told Leonard Downie, executive editor of The
Washington Post, during an interview in Beijing Friday.
Regrettably, Wen said, the Dalai Lama has not genuinely given up his position
of Tibet independence and has not given up the separatist activities aimed at
splitting the motherland. He also has not recognized that Taiwan is an
inalienable part of Chinese territory.
The premier said that Chinese government has taken note of the recent remarks
by the Dalai Lama but still needs to watch very carefully what he really does.