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Official: China still holds ample patience with the Dalai Lama
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16:59, December 10, 2008

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The central government still holds expectations for the Dalai Lama and has ample patience with him, a senior Chinese official said.

Sita, vice minister of the United Front Work Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, called a press conference for reporters on December 10 at the Chinese embassy during a visit to the US capital, Washington D.C. At the press conference, he introduced the latest contact and talk between the central government and the Dalai Lama's personal representative, and answered questions from Chinese and foreign reporters.

Speaking on the central government's position on the Dalai Lama, Sita said the central government has been consistent in its stance and the door remains open for negotiations. The central government still holds expectations for the Dalai Lama and still has enough patience. However, "Tibetan independence" is not permissible, nor is "semi-independence for Tibet" or "Tibetan independence in disguise."

The "expectations" he refers to is the wish that the Dalai Lama would denounce his position of splitting the motherland and return to a patriotic stance.

Sita briefed the media on the latest contact and negotiations between the central government and personal representatives of the Dalai Lama. He said, during the contact and negotiations, personal representatives of the Dalai Lama submitted the central government a memorandum continuing to advocate the so-called "Greater Tibet" demands.

It represents in essence a kind of de facto independence proposition of separating Tibet from the motherland, which violated the Constitution and relevant laws regarding the regional autonomy of ethnic minorities of the People's Republic of China, and therefore, the contacts and negotiations did not yield any results.

China is in opposition to any leader of any country to meet with the Dalai Lama in any form or under any name. Contacts and negotiations between the central government and the Dalai Lama's personal representatives are China's internal affairs; any attempts to use foreigners to exert pressure on the central government and force concessions will produce exactly the opposite result. We hope the Dalai Lama side can acknowledge the historical facts, keep up with the development trend of the times and make choices favorable to the state, the nation and themselves.

According to Sita, during their trip to Washington D.C., they contacted some US officials and US Congressmen. Although the two sides still differ on some issues, both sides believe that Sino-US relations are very important, and exchange should be enhanced at all levels, so as to increase understanding and remove disturbances. He hoped that they can introduce the real situation in Tibet to all sectors of American society through exchanges, and convey to them the true feelings of Tibetans that they are unwilling to return to the feudal serfdom before the 1950s.

By People's Daily Online

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