Special report: Tibet: Its Past and Present
BEIJING, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) --
In a statement issued Thursday, a senior Chinese official urged the Dalai Lama
to not support, plot or incite violent criminal activities or propositions aimed
at "Tibet Independence."
Du Qinglin, vice-chairman of the National Committee
of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, made the remarks
while meeting with the Dalai Lama's private representatives, Lodi Gyari and
Kelsang Gyaltsen, during the past few days in Beijing.
Du said the Dalai Lama should respect history, face
reality and conform to the times, as well as fundamentally change his political
The Dalai Lama was also urged to respond with
sincerity to his commitments made during contacts in July. Those include: not
supporting plots to fan violent criminal activities, not supporting and
concretely curbing violent terrorist activities of the "Tibetan Youth Congress",
and to create favorable conditions for the meetings to make progress.
Concerning the fundamental issue of safeguarding
national unification and territorial integrity, not the slightest wavering or
departure would be allowed, Du said, noting that no "Tibet independence," "half
independence" or "covert independence" would be tolerated.
The central government's policy toward the Dalai Lama
was consistent and clear. The door for dialogue has always been open, said Du,
who is also head of the United Front Work Department of the Communist Party of
China (CPC) Central Committee.
Although violent criminal activities such as beating,
smashing, looting and burning occurred in Lhasa earlier this year, the central
government still arranged three meetings with the Dalai Lama's private
representatives, showing the sincerity and generosity of the central government,
The official urged the Dalai Lama to make a choice
that would be good for the nation, its people and history as well as himself.
During the meeting, Du briefed the representatives on
the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics, the successful flight of the manned
spacecraft Shenzhou-7, the economic and social development in the Tibet
Autonomous Region and the country at large, as well as the quake and snow storm
relief efforts in Tibet.
He said the victory over difficulties and challenges
and the new achievements in reform, opening-up and modernization construction
should all be attributed to the persistent adherence to the development path of
socialism with Chinese characteristics.
The historical trend of China's peaceful development
could not be deterred. Tibet becoming more prosperous and progressive in the
homeland was also a fact witnessed by all, Du added
Adherence to the CPC's leadership, the socialist path
with Chinese characteristics and the regional autonomy system for ethnic
minorities were stipulated in China's Constitution, which were also the most
prominent political reality in Tibet, said Du.
No activities that defy the "three adherences" and
defy the Constitution would be tolerated. He stressed that the "three
adherences" must be implemented unwaveringly and unswervingly.
All organizations or individuals must act in
accordance with the Constitution, safeguard its dignity and abide by it and the
law on the regional autonomy system for ethnic minorities, he added.
According to Du, while implementing the law on
regional autonomy for ethnic minorities, the following principles should be
-- The interests of the country and the Chinese
nation should be put above all else. National unification and ethnic solidarity
must be resolutely safeguarded;
-- The regional ethnic autonomy system is exercised
under China's unitary system and is different from the federal system or
confederation as implemented in some countries;
-- The regional ethnic autonomy system is a basic
policy for solving ethnic issues in China and a fundamental political system in
the country. It is different from the "one country, two systems" system
implemented in Hong Kong and Macao;
-- The regional ethnic autonomy system is a
combination of ethnic autonomy and regional autonomy and will never allow ethnic
splitting in the name of "true ethnic autonomy" to undermine ethnic solidarity.
Two deputy heads of the United Front Work Department
and a vice chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Region also had dialogue with the
Dalai Lama's representatives.
Those officials said the door for the Dalai Lama to
return to the patriotic stance had always been open and would remain open in the
future. However, the door for "Tibet independence", "half independence" or
"covert independence" had never been open, nor would it be open in the future,
The representatives also stated their opinions and
promised to report faithfully to the Dalai Lama.
They toured the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.
Scholars briefed them on the laws, policies and practices concerning China's
regional ethnic autonomy system during their stay in Beijing.