Chairman of Tibet's People's Congress holds talks with Australian parliament

21:45, March 17, 2010      

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Visiting Chairman of Tibet Autonomous Region's (TAR) People's Congress Xiangbapingcuo held talk with Speaker of the House of Representatives Harry Jenkins and President of the Senate John Hogg here on Wednesday.

Xiangbapingcuo said thanks to consistent efforts and support from both Australia and China, Sino-Australian relations keep gaining momentum for growth and enjoy a promising prospect, which enabled vigorous exchanges between the People's Congress and Parliament in recent years.

"I wish this trip to Australia being face to face to Australian officials will further promote mutual understandings between China and Australia and inject vigor to our future exchanges and communications."

Xiangbapingcuo said Tibet related issues remain a core interest of China that refers to state sovereignty and territorial integrity. "This is neither a religious issue nor a human right issue." He wishes Australia would extend full understanding over it and show its respect to China's major concerns, in order to consistently handle those Tibet related issues in a proper way.

Jenkins and Hogg extend warm welcome to the delegation of TAR's People's Congress in the Parliament House. They said such visit and dialogue are helpful in deepening understandings and promote people to people friendship. Hogg joyfully recalled his visit to Tibet last November and said he is now clear about China's stance on Tibet and its concern.

During the talks, Jenkins emphasized that Australia, from government, parliament to each party, will jointly adhere to "one- China Policy" supporting China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. Australia agrees that Tibet is a part of China.

Zhang Junsai, Chinese Ambassador to Australia, was present at the meeting.

Shortly before the talks, Xiangpingbacuo met with Jennie George, Chief of Australia-China Parliamentary Friendship Group.

The delegation touched down on Australian soil earlier Wednesday kicking off a six-day official visit to the country which will also take them to Melbourne and Sydney before heading off to New Zealand.

Source: Xinhua

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