Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Urgent Press Release: Dharamsala Refutes Charges of Being Involved in Lhasa Protests

March 31,2008

Mr Thubten Samphel
Mr Sonam N Dagpo
Department of Information
and International Relations
Central Tibetan Administration
Ph: 01892-222510, 224957, 224662

The state-controlled mouthpiece of the Communist Party of China, Xinhua News Agency, ran a story yesterday March 30 on the "involvement of the Tibetan Government in exile and the Dalai Lama in the recent demonstrations in Lhasa and other parts of Tibet." The article, which was purportedly written by Yedor (Ch: Yi duo), accused His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Department of Security of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) for stirring up violence and disturbance in Tibet.

The Central Tibetan Administration strongly refutes the charges. These charges are concocted and premeditated with no inkling of a truth in it. China has since the beginning of the incident in Lhasa on March 10 started to blame it on His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the CTA, without any conclusive proof, and this article is the same. Therefore, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration has from the very beginning urged for an immediate and independent inquiry into the Tibetan demonstrations from an international organization. Central Tibetan Administration repeats its request for an independent inquiry to ascertain the truth.

This is not the first time that China has blamed His Holiness the Dalai Lama or the Tibetan exiles for the troubles in Tibet that stems from China's own flawed policies and repressive political rule.
(www.tibet.net is the official website of the Central Tibetan Administration.)

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Japan's Emperor Akihito and other members of the royal family are unlikely to attend the Beijing Olympics amid concerns here about China's crackdown in Tibet and other issues, a report said Wednesday.

The Japanese government thinks it is not a good time for a rare royal visit because of the unrest in Tibet, a recent health scare over Chinese-made "gyoza" dumplings and a spat over disputed gas fields, the Sankei daily said.

"We were planning not to ask royals to go even before the gyoza incident (surfaced in January). It is all the more true now that the Tibetan unrest occurred," it quoted an unnamed government official as saying.

Japanese authorities have confirmed at least 10 people suffered pesticide poisoning after eating tainted dumplings imported from China.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao invited Emperor Akihito and other royals to the opening ceremony of the August Olympics when he visited Japan last year.

The emperor told Wen then that the government decides on the royal family's foreign trips, a palace spokesman said.

The foreign ministry said no formal decision had been made.

"Nothing has been decided regarding the attendance of dignitaries," a ministry official said.

The last trip to China by members of Japan's imperial household was a landmark visit by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko in 1992.

China remains deeply resentful over Japan's brutal occupation from 1931 to 1945, an era in which the Japanese revered Akihito's father Hirohito as a demigod.

The two countries have recently worked to mend ties, which were strained by former Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi's annual visits to a war shrine in Tokyo, which Beijing regards as a symbol of Japan's militarist past.

Chinese President Hu Jintao is expected to visit Japan in the coming months.