BEIJING, March 25 (Xinhua) -- China's Foreign
Ministry spokesman Qin Gang on Tuesday urged the international community to see
the true features of the secessionist clique of the Dalai Lama through the
recent riots in Lhasa and other ethnic Tibetan areas.
The riots in Lhasa and other areas were organized and
planned violent crimes plotted and incited by the Dalai clique, said Qin Gang at
a press conference here.
"We hope the international community can see the true
features of the Dalai Lama's secessionist clique and make a clear distinction
between right and wrong."
"We also hope relevant countries not to give support
in any form to the secessionist activities of the Dalai clique," the spokesman
He said the riots were aimed at undermining China's
sovereignty and territorial integrity, disrupting social stability and
jeopardizing the life and property of local people.
In the violence that erupted in Lhasa, capital of the
Tibet Autonomous Region, on March 14, rioters injured 623 people including 241
police and armed police and killed 18 others. They also set fire at more than
300 locations, mostly private houses, stores and schools, smashed vehicles and
damaged public facilities.
More than 100 countries around the world had extended
their support to the Chinese government in handling the unrest according to law,
condemned the violence and admitted that Tibet is part of China, according to
the Foreign Ministry.
On the appeal of some countries for dialogue between
the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama, Qin said the door always remains open
for such dialogue if the Dalai Lama really gives up his secessionist position
and completely stops secessionist activities.
"We have to listen not only what he says, but also
watch what he does," Qin said.
As some countries have invited the Dalai Lama to go
for a visit, Qin said the Dalai Lama is not a pure religious person, but an
exiled politician who has long been engaged in activities of separating China
and disrupting national unity.
It is the hope of China that the countries concerned
recognize the true features of the Dalai Lama and do not support his
secessionist activities," he said.
On the violent attacks of "Tibet independence" groups
against China's diplomatic missions in some countries, Qin said China has made
serious representations to relevant countries and asked them to protect the
security and dignity of Chinese diplomatic missions in accordance with the
Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the Vienna Convention on Consular
The countries concerned have expressed regret and
apologized for the attacks, and pledged to strengthen protection of Chinese
diplomatic missions and personnel.
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BEIJING, March 25 (Xinhua) -- The recent riots in Tibet
Autonomous Region, Sichuan and Gansu Provinces have hit the headlines across the
world. Some questions and answers about the casualties and damages: >>