China refutes Lithuanian councilors' comments on "invading Tibet" 2009-02-12 21:40:18   Print

    BEIJING, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- China has refuted comments by Lithuanian councilors who expressed support for the Dalai Lama's claim that "China invaded Tibet" and stressed that Tibet was never an independent country.

    "Tibet has never been an independent country, which is an unchangeable historical fact. We hope the relevant councilors could develop more understanding of history," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told a regular press conference in response to a question on the matter.

    Neither Jiang nor the reporters who asked the question mentioned the names of these councilors.

    Jiang said Tibet had been a part of China's territory since ancient times. Tibet affairs have a bearing on China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and are China's domestic affairs, she said.

    The central government and its predecessors have exercised effective sovereignty over Tibet without interruption since the Yuan Dynasty (AD 1271-1368) in the 13th century, she said.

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the democratic reform of the Tibet Autonomous Region. Tibet had long been a society languishing under a system of feudal serfdom under theocratic rule until the mid-20th century.

    Before 1959, the 14th Dalai Lama, as a leader of Tibetan Buddhism and also head of the Tibetan local government, monopolized both political and religious power.

    "The abolition of feudal serfdom, the same as the abolition of feudal serfdom in European countries, is of great importance to global human rights history. Tibet's political, economic and cultural sectors have witnessed great changes over the past five decades. People of all ethnic groups in Tibet now enjoy the rights endowed by the constitution and the law on regional national autonomy. Their living standard also improved by a big margin," Jiang said.

    "The Chinese government and people have an unswerving stance on these issues and will not submit to any foreign pressure, nor make any concession. We hope the international community would give full respect and support to the efforts made by the Chinese government to maintain national sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as the fundamental interest of people of all ethnic groups, including the Tibetan people."

    The spokeswoman said China will maintain and improve the system of regional autonomy of ethnic minorities, support Tibet's social and economic development and ensure the interests of all ethnic groups.

China warns against playing "Tibet card"

    BEIJING, Feb. 12 (Xinhuanet) -- China hopes countries concerned to weigh up their acts of conferring honors and titles on the Dalai Lama, and not to harm their relations with China and the Chinese people's feelings by "playing the so-called Tibet card." Full story

Commentary: Honors with prejudice

    BEIJING, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- The Dalai Lama has garnered quite a number of "honors" during his recent visit to Europe. On Monday, he received honorary citizenship in Rome. The next day, he became a honorary citizen of Venice before arriving in Germany to receive the German Media Prize. Full story

FM: China hopes Italy heeds concerns on Tibet issues

    BEIJING, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- China hopes that Italy will take China's concerns over Tibet-related issues into serious consideration, the Foreign Ministry said here Tuesday.

    Responding to a question on Italian lawmakers' meeting with the Dalai Lama, ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said the meeting had injured the feelings of the Chinese people, and China had expressed strong dissatisfaction with the meeting. Full story

Former French prime minister sends signal to mend ties 

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) shakes hands with former French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 10, 2009. (Xinhua/Liu Jiansheng)
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    BEIJING, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- A former French Prime Minister said here Tuesday that France values relations with China and does not intend to infringe upon China's major core concerns.

    "France sticks to the one-China policy, respects and supports China's sovereignty, reunification and territorial integrity," Jean-Pierre Raffarin told Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao Tuesday. Full story

Editor: Wang Guanqun
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