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Cablegate: March 18 Mfa Press Briefing:Tibet, Six-Party Talks,

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SUBJECT: MARCH 18 MFA PRESS BRIEFING:TIBET, SIX-PARTY TALKS,
OLYMPICS


1. Key points at the March 18, 2008 regular MFA press briefing were:


-- Situation in Tibet is now stable and the violence reveals the
Dalai clique's "essence."

-- China supports the meetings between U.S. and DPRK negotiators and
emphasizes that the nuclear issue is not a bilateral issue but a
Six-Party issue.

-- The spokesman had not seen reports that the IOC was considering
alternative locations for endurance events during the Olympics.

Tibet Violence Reveals Dalai Clique's "Essence"
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2. At the March 18 regular MFA press briefing, spokesperson Qin Gang
told reporters that the situation in Tibet was normal and stable and
relevant authorities would deal with the perpetrators in accordance
with the law. Qin said that authorities had exercised maximum
restraint when facing the violent protesters. Qin did not have
specific information on surrounding provinces or regarding reports
of a curfew imposed in some areas of Xinjiang, however, he said that
in all areas of China people reject the "splittist" efforts of the
Dalai Lama. Qin emphasized that China has the ability to protect
social stability and territorial integrity.

3. Qin repeatedly referred to the violence as "beating, burning and
smashing" saying that China has ample evidence to prove that the
events were masterminded by the Dalai Lama. When asked whether
China would release the evidence, Qin said that the investigation
was still underway, but China would release evidence "in due
course." China's position regarding the Dalai Lama and any
countries that support him has not changed, however, said Qin.
Responding to a question regarding the EU's request for more
information on the events in Tibet, Qin said that it is the Dalai
Lama, not China who should be investigated. Though China will not
seek to have the Dalai Lama tried in any court and Qin would not say
whether he would be arrested if he visited China, China views the
Dalai Lama as a political figure and a "splittist," not a religious
figure. Qin said that the international community supports China on
the issue of Tibet, pointing to the fact that no country recognizes
Tibet as an independent country as evidence.

Meetings of United States and DPRK
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4. Qin said that he did not know what DPRK chief negotiator Kim
Kye-gwan did during his recent trip to Beijing. Both the United
States and the DPRK have briefed China on the meetings in Geneva
between the DPRK and the United States. China feels that this type
of communication is helpful and hopes that both sides can meet
halfway to implement the second phase of the denuclearization
process.

5. Qin rejected reported DPRK comments that the nuclear issue is
between only the United States and DPRK, saying it was an issue
between all of the countries involved in the Six-Party Talks. Qin
said that progress in the talks was due to China's support and
willingness to host.

Clean Environment for Olympics
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6. Qin said that he had not seen comments from the International
Olympic Committee (IOC) saying that alternative locations might be
necessary for endurance events during the Olympics due to pollution.
What he had seen were IOC reports that the air during the Olympics
would be up to standard. Qin said athletes can concentrate on
setting records and China will provide a clean environment for the
Olympics.

Hu Jintao to Visit Japan, Australian Iron Ore, Mongolian Foreign
Minister and Malawi President to Visit China
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7. Qin said that Chairman Hu Jintao's visit to Japan would be
important to the future of the two countries' relations and that the
date had yet to be decided. Qin had not heard reports that China
was being blocked from the Australian iron ore market. Mongolian
Foreign Minister Sanjaasuren Oyun will visit China from March 24-27.
Malawi President Bingu Mutharika will visit China from March
24-30.

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