July 7, 2008
Chinese United Front Official Interviewed on Contact With Dalai Lama Envoys
Text of report by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency)
[Report: "The Responsible Person of the Central United Front Work Department Answers Xinhua Reporter's Questions on the Recent Contact with Dalai Lama's Personal Representatives"]
Reporter: I would like to ask you to give us a brief account of the recent contact with Dalai's personal representatives Gyari Lodi and Kelsang Gyaltsen.
Responsible Person of the Central United Front Work Department: On 1-2 July this year, the responsible persons of the Central United Front Work Department had a contact with Dalai's personal representatives Gyari Lodi and Kelsang Gyaltsen and their entourage, totalling 5, in Beijing. During the said period, Du Qinglin, vice chairman of the CPPCC National Committee and head of the Central United Front Work Department, met with Gyari Lodi and his entourage. Gyari Lodi and his entourage visited a number of Olympic stadiums and gymnasiums, including the main Olympic venues of the National Stadium and the National Aquatics Centre; and had a discussion session with experts and scholars from the China Centre for Tibetan Studies. Wu Weiqun and Sita, respectively executive deputy head and deputy head of the Central United Front Work Department, had a discussion with Gyari Lodi and his entourage.
Reporter: In comparison with the Shenzhen contact on 4 May, had there been any progress in the contact this time?
Responsible Person of the Central United Front Work Department: During the discussion, the responsible persons of the Central United Front Work Department gave an overall briefing on the domestic situation; further expounded on the central government' policy towards Dalai; and seriously criticized Dalai's erroneous words and deeds since the 14 March Incident, especially since the previous contact in Shenzhen. At the same time, we patiently and carefully listened to the explanations given by Dalai's personal representatives concerning both Dalai's political view as well as some remarks and deeds made by the Dalai side. Despite the tremendous difference between the two sides in views, the discussion was conducted in a frank and relaxed atmosphere. Comrade Du Qinglin raised in clear-cut terms a requirement of "four no support's" for Dalai; in other words, if Dalai Lama truly wished to do something useful for the country, the nation, and the well-being of the Tibetan people in his remaining years, he should give an open and explicit promise and take corresponding actions in the forms of giving no support for activities that aimed to disturb and sabotage the Beijing Olympic Games, giving no support for and making no attempt to conspire and incite violent criminal activities, giving no support for and taking earnest steps to check the violent terrorist activities of the "Tibetan Youth Association," and giving no support for any ideas or activities that sought to achieve "Tibet independence" and split the motherland. During the discussion, Dalai's personal representatives recognized the requirement as a new gist put forward by the central government, and indicated that they would accept the requirement raised by the central government. It can be said that both the advancing of the requirement of "four no support's" by the central authorities and the Dalai side's promise and positive response represent a major headway made during the recent contact. At the request of the Dalai side, the time for the next contact and discussion had been discussed and fixed during the contact.
Reporter: Ever since the outbreak of the 14 March Incident in Lhasa, the central government had been asking Dalai to comply with the requirement of "three stop's." Why has the central government put forward another requirement of "four no support's" this time?
Responsible Person of the Central United Front Work Department: As is known to all, during a previous period of time, the Dalai clique incited and plotted violent and criminal activities in Lhasa and other Tibetan-inhabited areas, attacked Chinese consulates and embassies in foreign countries, and interrupted and sabotaged the Beijing Olympic Games. Even after the Shenzhen contact, the Dalai side was still making remarks that sought to split the motherland; and organizations such as the "Tibetan Youth Association," in particular, had continued with their various separatist and sabotage activities. All this has aroused the strong indignation of the people of all ethnic groups across the country, as well as overseas Chinese and Chinese nationals residing in overseas areas. The requirement of "three stop's" raised by the central government for Dalai served a clear aim, and was totally necessary. The requirement of "four no support's," which is a concretized form of the requirement of "three stop's," is more operable, and more acceptable to the Dalai side; and represents a message of goodwill that we would like to send to the Dalai side, in order to ensure positive results for the contacts between the two sides. If the Dalai side could not even accept or materialize a simple and logical requirement like the one of "four no support's," then there would hardly be the atmosphere and conditions required for the contacts and discussions between the two sides.
Reporter: What are the main contents of your contacts and discussions with Dalai's personal representatives?
Responsible Person of the Central United Front Work Department: The central government has all along emphasized that so long as Dalai Lama can truly give up his stance of "Tibet independence"; stop all activities that aim to split the motherland; and recognize that Tibet is an inseparable part of the Chinese territory, that Taiwan is an inseparable part of the Chinese territory, and that the Government of the People's Republic of China is the only legitimate government that represents entire China, we can have contacts and discussions with Dalai Lama concerning his personal future. Certain people have been spreading a number of rumours on this issue, claiming that these contacts and discussion are so-called "talks between China and Tibet" or "dialogues between the Hans and the Tibetans." I would like to put special emphasis here that we do not recognize the so-called "Tibetan Government in Exile," there is no country in this world that recognizes the "Tibetan Government in Exile," and the central government will by no means hold any discussion with such an illegal organization. I would also like to stress that having gone through the democratic reform and upon the establishment of the autonomous region, the broad numbers of the liberated serfs in Tibet have already become the masters of themselves, and Tibet has already embarked on the road of socialism; and only the central people's government and the people's government of the Tibet Autonomous Region are the representatives of the Tibetan people, and no one else has the right to represent the Tibetan people.
Reporter: What are your views on the prospects of the central government's contact and discussion with the Dalai side?
Responsible Person of the Central United Front Work Department: At the request of Dalai's personal representatives, we have agreed in principle to have another contact with them within the present year. The central government has been clear in its attitude towards Dalai; and both our contact with Dalai's personal representatives and the progress made so far serve to show the sincerity of the central government. It is now time for the Dalai side to show initiative and to respond with sincerity. So long as Dalai is consistent in his words and deeds and truly ensures "four no support's," the central government would always keep its door open for contacts and discussions with Dalai, and positive headway would surely be made in this respect.
Originally published by Xinhua news agency domestic service, Beijing, in Chinese 1514 6 Jul 08.
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