Chinese, U.S. presidents hold telephone talks on Taiwan, Tibet 2008-03-27 00:16:16   Print

Special report: Dalai clique's separatist activities condemned

    BEIJING, March 26 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao expressed his views on the Taiwan and Tibet issues to his U.S. counterpart George W. Bush during talks over the telephone held Wednesday, a statement released by the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.

    During the talks, President Hu voiced his appreciation of the U.S. stance, repeated many times by Bush and his administration, that the U.S. adheres to the one-China policy, abides by the three Sino-U.S. joint communiques, opposes "Taiwan independence" and a referendum on Taiwan's U.N. membership, and is against Taiwan's bid to join the United Nations and other international organizations, which only sovereign countries can join.

    Hu also expressed hope that the Chinese and U.S. governments will continue to make joint efforts to secure peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits.

    He said it is China's consistent stand that the Chinese Mainland and Taiwan should restore consultation and talks on the basis of "the 1992 consensus," which sees both sides recognize there is only one China, but agree to differ on its definition.

    Hu also expressed his expectation that the Chinese Mainland and Taiwan will make joint efforts and create preconditions to formally end their hostility through consultation, to reach a peace agreement, to construct a framework for peaceful development of cross-Straits relations, and to usher in a new situation of cross-Straits relations.

    Talking about the recent Lhasa riots, Hu said they were by no means "peaceful demonstrations" or activities of "non-violence" as claimed by the Dalai Lama clique, but undisguised serious and violent crimes.

    No responsible government would sit by and watch when faced with this kind of violent crime, which gravely violated human rights, seriously disrupted social order, and seriously endangered the safety of public life and property, he added.

    Hu said the Chinese government's policy toward the Dalai Lama is clear and consistent, and the Chinese government has all along kept in touch with his side with great patience.

    President Hu further reiterated the government's willingness to continue contacts and consultation with the Dalai Lama, as long as he truly abandons advocating "Tibet independence" and stops activities aimed at splitting the motherland, especially activities to fan and mastermind violent crimes in Tibet as well as in some other regions and to sabotage the upcoming Beijing Olympic Games, and accepts that Tibet and Taiwan are inalienable parts of China.

    Hu and Bush also exchanged views on the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula and other matters of mutual concern.

Taiwan residents veto "UN membership referendum"

    TAIPEI, March 22 (Xinhua) -- Taiwan residents on Saturday vetoed "UN membership referendum" pursued by Chen Shui-bian authorities, according to results of the votes count on Saturday.

    Only 35.8 percent in Taiwan cast their ballots on Saturday for the "UN membership referendum" under the name "Taiwan", proposed by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Full story

News Analysis: The Dalai Lama's "remarkable restraint"

    BEIJING, March 26 (Xinhua) -- After violence erupted in Lhasa and other Tibetan towns in China, the Dalai Lama, who has called himself an "innocent monk", repeatedly called on for "non-violence" and "dialogue" with the Chinese government and said he would "resign as leader of Tibet's exiles if there are more violent anti-Chinese protests".

    There is the pacifist image of a man with "remarkable restraint", as a foreign editorial said. Not everyone in China is convinced that this is the reality. Full story

Stable Tibet, successful Olympics, says Qiangba Puncog

    LHASA, March 23 (Xinhua) -- A senior official in Tibet has called on local authorities to make concerted effort to maintain social stability and promote economic development for the success of the Olympic Games in Beijing in August.

    "We the final victory in all respects against the secessionist forces to help ensure successful Olympic Games with a stable social situation in the Tibet Autonomous Region," Qiangba Puncog, chairman of the regional government, told a meeting on Saturday. Full story


Foreigners in Tibet: Western media reports not conform with facts

    LHASA, March 24 (Xinhua) -- While some Western media rashly accuse China of "violent crackdown" on the "peaceful protests" in Tibet, some foreigners there disagreed.

    "Many reports were not accurate," said Tony Gleason, field director of Tibet Poverty Alleviation Fund, an American organization which helps poor Tibetans through skill training and small sum of financing. Full story

German news television regrets error in covering Tibet riots

N-TV, headquartered in Germany, used TV footage showing police with captured protestors in a report on the Tibet riots. The footage had been shot in Nepal, the police were Nepalese.Photo Gallery>>>

    BERLIN, March 23 (Xinhua) -- Germany's RTL television said on Sunday that it "regrets an error" in covering the riots in Lhasa, capital city of China's Tibet Autonomous Region.

    The TV station admitted on its website that it "used a picture in a wrong context." Full text

German media apologize for errors in covering Tibet riots

    BERLIN, March 24 (Xinhua) -- Two German news organizations have apologized after being accused of distorting facts in covering the riots in Lhasa, capital city of China's Tibet Autonomous Region.

    German news television N-TV on Monday admitted that a picture and a video sequence it used on March 20 in a report about the riots in Tibet had actually been taken in Nepal, a neighboring country of China. Full text

Netizens slam CNN's distortion of riot picture

A CNN website picture shows people running in front of a military truck. The original picture uploaded by Chinese netizens, however, actually also shows mobsters throwing stones at the truck.Photo Gallery>>>

    BEIJING, March 23 (Xinhua) -- Tens of thousands of netizens have answered calls to condemn CNN and a few other western media organizations for distorting facts in covering the riot in Lhasa, capital city of China's Tibet Autonomous Region.

    "The fairness and objectivity of CNN is cropped," said one of the postings at the online forum of, referring to a CNN website picture showing people running in front of a military truck. The original picture uploaded by Chinese netizens, however, actually also shows mobsters throwing stones at the truck. Full text

Editor: Yan Liang
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