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China slams US Tibet resolution

By Xu Tianran (Global Times)

09:16, March 29, 2012

The foreign ministry Wednesday slammed a resolution approved Tuesday by a US Senate committee on Beijing's policy in the Tibet Autonomous Region, accusing some lawmakers in Washington of interfering in China's internal affairs.

"The Chinese government is committed to protecting the legitimate rights and interests of people of all ethnic groups, and the protection of citizens' religious freedom," foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters.

"Some US legislators are inverting black and white, confusing right and wrong, in an attempt to use Tibet-related issues to interfere in China's internal affairs. China is firmly against that," Hong added.

The resolution, approved by the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, said the committee deplores "Beijing's repressive policies targeting Tibetans," AFP reported, adding that the resolution had been sent to the full Senate, which is likely to pass it soon.

The approval came on the same day that Hong accused the Dalai Lama and his associates of planning a self-immolation in New Delhi on Monday, which resulted in the death of a 27-year-old Tibetan.

Beijing has condemned the Dalai Lama clique for a string of self-immolations that has broken out in Tibetan areas in the provinces of Sichuan and Qinghai in recent months.

Wu Zegang, chief of the Aba Tibetan-Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, where most of the self-immolations occurred, told the Xinhua News Agency that police have investigated self-immolations in Sichuan, Qinghai and Gansu in recent months, finding that the victims were used by separatists to create chaos.

Li Xiaojun, an official at the Chinese embassy in New Delhi, wrote in the Hindustan Times on Tuesday that the Dalai Lama had said he could notcall self-immolation a wrongful action.

"His words amount to encouragement of self-immolation. The ulterior motive of the Dalai Lama in giving tacit support to those engaging in self-immolation is to stage his coming to power," Li wrote.

Xiong Kunxin, a professor of ethnic theory and policy at the Minzu University of China, said the self-immolation cases showed that some Tibetans lack understanding of their own religion and are easily misled by separatists who use the region for their own political gains.

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PD User at 2012-04-02116.203.213.*
will not rest till each chinese become best.only best no.2 not expected .0.1% deviation not expected from china.
Batuapi at 2012-03-31222.65.248.*
I suggest Beijing dispatch some journalist and social workers for a study trip to the state of Alaska and see for themselves the condition of the natives there. After which they may wish to pass some observations and recommendations to Washington DC on how natives should be treated. Cannot imagine a state like Alaska which is separated by an enormous country such as Canada could be part and parcel of US territory.
helen at 2012-03-29141.0.8.*
Just tell the Americans to fly kites.Simultaneously, please advise your leaders to drop off all manner of Qing Court type subordination and stop discussing with US and Western leaders on the internal affairs of China! Otherwise, you deserve what you get from the US and their vile media.
Sam Teng at 2012-03-29175.136.48.*
The US should stop antagonizing China and other sovereign countries by refraining from interfering in their internal affairs. It seems the US"s current policy is to support any opposition political parties whose policies are favorable to the US. The US remains the TOP instigators in the world for supporting opposing factions in a country to resort to violence and take up military actions. Diplomacy seems to be alien to the Americans. So do not bullshit about human rights, democracy and freedom when innocent people are murdered and they are forced to accept a government by the barrel of a gun and not through free elections.In Tibet issue, some US lawmakers are supporting the number public enemy of China who had committed treason in revolting against the government. Tibet is part of China and will forever remain a part of China. No matter how these US lawmakers lies and make wild accusations against the Chinese government, the Chinese people will resolutely back their government until the Dalai lama and these US lawmakers are doomed.

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