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FM warns US on exploiting Tibet issues

(China Daily)

08:07, January 12, 2012

BEIJING - China on Wednesday said it opposed foreign countries using Tibet-related issues to interfere in its domestic affairs after the US expressed "serious concern" over three self-immolations by Tibetan monks.

"The Chinese government has always attached great importance to and guaranteed the various basic rights of ethnic minorities, including their freedom of religious belief," Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said, responding to a question about Washington's concerns and demand that the Chinese government protect human rights.

"We firmly oppose such remarks and practices making use of Tibet-related issues to interfere in China's domestic affairs, which could disrupt Chinese social stability and national unity," he said, adding that China has always administered religious affairs in accordance with the law to maintain religious order.

US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland on Monday said that the US government was seriously concerned over recent reports that three Tibetan monks died after setting themselves on fire in the western provinces of Qinghai and Sichuan.

"The repeated occurrence of self-immolations in Tibetan-inhabited areas does not meet the aspirations of people there for realizing social stability and a peaceful life," Liu said, adding that these self-immolations were organized, premeditated and instigated by overseas groups and people.

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Chinhomiah at 2012-01-14116.197.245.*
If I were an American official, I would be more concerned with the next stage of the Occupy Wall Street Movement than with Tibet. Nothing in the history of capitalist America has prepared its leaders for the kind of upheaval that the Occupy Wall Street Movement may ignite. Ignite and spread it will, come spring. There are already plans underway by the protestors to occupy, in the next phase of the struggle, not just the downtown of major cities, but also the homes whose tenants have been evicted on account of not being able to service their mortgages. In the past, the American government could blame populist-style movements on the workings of foreign agents, the Soviets and the Communist International. Today it is harder for the Obama administration, and/or the Republican government that may follow after the next presidential elections, to pin such blame on outside forces anymore. American is finally coming of age. Its exploitation of the resources of the world has for too long obviated the need to ask the crucial question that is politics - who gets what, and is the distribution fair? When everything is plentiful - made possible by American economic dominance and easy access to the resources of the world - such questions were never asked. But today, with a shrinking economic pie and high unemployment, such questions are hard to evade. What is going to happen when normal police actions cannot deal with the mounting protest. That question and the issues of distribution and fairness should better be on the minds of American's leaders if they are not to find themselves displaced by their own people because they ineterfered too much with the affairs of other countries and forgot to monitor the unhappiness of their own constituents.
MyatThwin at 2012-01-1498.207.151.*
"The Emperor has no clothes" and that means the "American" Emperor! To them, "physicians, heal thyself first"!
PD User at 2012-01-13206.116.103.*
Self immolation? Why? good religion should teach to love oneself. Is this some sort of cult?
helen at 2012-01-12203.82.92.*
The mistake lies with some Chinese leaders who continue to entertain discussions on the internal affairs of China with US and other Western leaders. And of course the racist Western media have a field day. New leadership in 2012 should desist from such degrading and Qing Dynasty Court type of inferior behaviour. No other countries in the World would stoop that low to allow such humiliations to continue. In other words, you ask for it!The World of Nations laugh at your foolishness ...And the Chinese media, they are so passive and always on the defensive. They too are partly to be blamed for the humiliations heaped on the Chinese people.
  

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