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
"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
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
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
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)
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