Foreign Nations Voice Support for China's Handling of Lhasa Riots
Foreign nations voiced their support for China's legitimate actions to handle the violence in Lhasa in recent days, expressing their opposition to the secessionist activities and the politicization of the Beijing Olympics.
On March 17, a spokesman of the Foreign Ministry of Russia expressed hope that the Chinese government will take all necessary measures to stop the illegal acts and restore the local situation to normality as soon as possible. The spokesman said Tibet is an inalienable part of China and the handling of relations with Dalai Lama is China's internal affair. Any attempt to politicize the 2008 Beijing Olympics is unacceptable, he said, expressing confidence in China's capability of hosting a successful Olympic Games.
On March 18, a spokesman of the Foreign Ministry of Belarus voiced support for the measures taken by the Chinese government to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity. Belarus believes that the illegal activities in China's Tibet Autonomous Region will stop soon and the life of local people will return to normality soon. Belarus firmly opposes linking the incident with the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
On the same day, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry issued a statement, saying that China's commitment and contribution to the Beijing Olympic Games embody the Olympic spirit, as well as China's efforts to seek peaceful development, build a harmonious society and contribute to people's well-being. Pakistan opposes any attempts to sabotage or politicize the Beijing Olympics, as well as the conspiracies to undermine China's sovereignty and territory integrity, and condemns the criminal acts committed by some political forces to instigate violence in Tibet.
On the same day, Lesotho Foreign Minister Mohlabi Kenneth Tsekoa said in his meeting with Chinese ambassador that Lesotho will support China to take effective measures in stopping the criminal acts masterminded by the Dalai Lama clique to undermine Tibet's social stability. Lesotho also backs China's efforts to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as the holding of the Olympic Games in Beijing. The foreign minister said that the Tibet affair was China's internal affair and no other countries have the right to make irresponsible remarks on the issue.
On the same day, Singapore's Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Vivian Balakrishnan told reporters that Singapore is opposed to boycotting the Beijing Olympics. "It is vital to keep sporting competitions and politics separate. We must not let politics obstruct the sports," he added.
On March 19, ambassadors of some Arabian nations in Beijing expressed to the Chinese Foreign Ministry their shock to the violence that occurred in Lhasa, saying that their countries support China's approaches to safeguard national security and restore social stability and oppose any attempt to link the incident with the Beijing Olympics. They stressed that Arabian nations resolutely adhere to the one-China principle and oppose any act aiming to separate China.
A spokesman of the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry on the same day said all matters pertaining to Tibet are internal affairs of China. It is believed that the Chinese government will take proper measures to safeguard security and order in Tibet and maintain social stability and economic progress. The Beijing Olympic Games is a sports festival of the whole world and Vietnam is actively preparing for its attendance at the event and will make joint efforts for its success.
On the same day, the Foreign Ministry of Mauritania publicly reaffirmed that the Mauritanian government supports China's national unity and territorial integrity and supports the efforts by the Chinese government to safeguard social stability of the whole Chinese territory including Tibet.
On the same day, Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee urged Dalai Lama and his followers to stay away from any political activities.
When meeting with Chinese ambassador on the same day, Cote d'Ivoire's Minister of Foreign Affairs said his country always adheres to the position that Taiwan and Tibet have been inalienable parts of the Chinese territory since ancient times, holding that China's sovereignty and territorial integrity brook no division and the Tibet affair is China's internal affair. The government of Cote d'Ivoire understands and supports the position of and the measures taken by the Chinese government in handling the violence in Lhasa. The minister expressed firm belief that China will surely host a successful Olympic Games and any attempt by a handful of people and forces to provoke incidents and sabotage the Olympic Games will go in vain.
When meeting with Chinese ambassador, the Republic of Congo (ROC) Foreign Affairs Minister Basile Ikouebe said no government will permit activities that undermine public order. The Tibet affair is China's internal affair and the Chinese government has the right to handle it according to law. The Republic of Congo (ROC) resolutely supports China's efforts to safeguard national security and will send its sports delegation to the Beijing Olympic Games.