Special report: Dalai's separatist activities condemned
BEIJING, March 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen
Jiabao on Tuesday condemned Dalai Lama's role in recent Lhasa riot, but said the
door of dialogue remained open to Dalai if he could truly renounce "Tibet
There are ample facts and plenty of evidence to prove
that the recent riot in Lhasa was organized, premeditated, masterminded and
incited by the Dalai Lama clique, Wen told reporters at a press conference
following the conclusion of the annual session of the National People's Congress
(NPC), the country's top legislature.
On March 14, violence involving beating, smashing
property, looting and arson broke out in Lhasa, which was aimed to undermine the
upcoming Beijing Olympics, Wen said.
In the Lhasa incident, violent rioters injured and
even killed innocent people on the street with extremely cruel means, smashed
out vehicles and public facilities, torched down private houses, stores and
schools, he said.
"This incident has seriously disrupted order in Lhasa
and inflicted heavy losses of lives and property for the people," he said.
"Local government and competent departments have been
in strict keeping with the Constitution and laws, and exercised extreme
restraint," he said, adding that the local government has taken proper measures
to quiet down the incident and protect the interests of the people in Lhasa and
The constant claims made by the Dalai clique that
they pursue no independence but peaceful dialogue are "nothing but lies," said
He said since the peaceful liberation of and
especially the democratic reforms in Tibet, the region has moved forward and
become more developed.
"Those claims that the Chinese government is engaged
in a so-called 'cultural genocide' are nothing but lies," he said.
Wen said that China appreciated the position and
steps taken by the Indian government in handling "Tibet independence" activities
masterminded by the Dalai clique.
"The Tibet issue is a very sensitive one in our
relations with India," he said.
However, Wen said the door of dialogue still remained
open to the Dalai Lama so long as he gives up his position for "Tibet
independence," and so long as he recognizes Tibet and Taiwan as inalienable
parts of the Chinese territory.
The Chinese government's original proposition is
still unchanged, Wen said. "We mean what we say. We need to watch what the Dalai
Lama does. It is up to his actions."
He said the Chinese government is fully capable of
maintaining stability and order in Tibet, and at the same time will continue to
support the economic and social development, improve the livelihood of all
ethnic groups, and protect the culture and environment in the region.
"We will never waver in this position," he said.
He said China will consider the possibility of
organizing foreign media to visit Lhasa, to let them see on the ground what
"The situation is basically returning to
normal...Lhasa will be reopened to the rest of the world," he said.