China asks nations not to provide stage to Tibetan separatists

Last Updated: Friday, July 16, 2010 - 00:06

Beijing: China has asked the
international community not to provide stage to Tibetan
separatists, asserting that issues related to the region are
China`s internal affairs.

Answering questions at a press briefing after his
talks with his British counterpart William Hague yesterday,
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said Tibet is an
inalienable part of Chinese territory.
He said Tibet has adopted a system of ethnic regional
autonomy after the Chinese government dissolved the
"aristocratic local government of Tibet and freed more than
one million serfs" in March 1959.

He said since the "democratic reforms" more than 50
years ago, Tibet has made remarkable achievements in all
fields including political, economic, cultural, and enjoyed
comprehensive social progress and proper preservation of
cultural heritages.

Yang insisted that the Tibetan people enjoy freedom of
speech and all rights endowed in the laws.

"The Tibet issue bears on China`s sovereignty and
territorial integrity, and its core interests, and is the
internal affair of China," Yang was quoted as saying by the
official Xinhua news agency.
He called on all countries to respect China`s
sovereignty, and not provide a stage to Tibetan separatists.

In response to questions concerning Afghanistan, Yang
said China would like to work with the international
community, including Britain, to work actively for an early
settlement of the Afghanistan issue.

He said as Afghanistan is an important neighbour of
China, and Beijing is committed to develop good neighbourly
friendship with Afghanistan.

China highly values, and actively takes part in the
reconstruction process of Afghanistan and welcomes an
independent Afghanistan with peace, stability and progress, he
said.

During the talks, Yang also called on China and
Britain to properly handle their differences, and work
together in tackling global and regional challenges.

China speaks out against US-SKorea wargames

China repeated its opposition
on Thursday to planned US-South Korean war games off its coast,
calling for restraint to avoid escalating tension on the
Korean Peninsula, state media reported.

The United States said it would likely hold joint
exercises with South Korea in the Yellow Sea in the near
future, raising tensions with North Korea ahead of key
military talks with Pyongyang.

North Korea`s military held talks today with the
United Nations Command, the first since the sinking of a South
Korean warship, after postponing the meeting from Tuesday for
"administrative reasons."

Only hours before the start of the meeting, the
Pentagon said the US intended to hold joint military exercises
with South Korea, despite previous objections from China, the
North`s main ally.

Chinese Foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang played
down suggestions that China and North Korea could respond with
military drills of their own, however, and was quoted by the
official Xinhua news agency as saying the idea demonstrated "a
typical Cold war mindset".

"The hypothesis (of conducting a drill) means
dividing the region into different military alliances and
viewing regional security from an angle of opposition and
confrontation as in the Cold war era," he was quoted as
saying.

"Times have changed. No single country or military
alliance can resolve issues like regional security and
stability."

PTI



First Published: Friday, July 16, 2010 - 00:06

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