Overseas Chinese groups, Chinese-language media condemn riots in Tibet

2008-03-20 13:26:29 Xinhua English

BEIJING, March 20 (Xinhua) -- More overseas Chinese groups in South Korea, the United States, Mexico and Egypt as well as Chinese-language newspapers have condemned the riots in Lhasa, the capital city of China's Tibet autonomous region.

Fifteen overseas Chinese associations, including the council for the promotion of peaceful national reunification in South Korea, stated Thursday that Tibet is an inseparable part of Chinese territory. The recent violent acts of beatings, smashing, looting and arson were organized, premeditated and masterminded by the Dalai Lama clique, they said.

The Dalai Lama clique's plot to destroy stability and harmony in Tibet is unpopular and doomed to fail, the statements said.

Steven Wong, acting chairman of the United Federation of Chinese Association, said Monday that brutal actions by the separatists seeking "Tibet independence" sabotage the stability in the autonomous region and arouse indignation among all Chinese people including the overseas Chinese.

Foreign anti-China forces' attempt to interfere in the internal affairs of China with a pretext of "democracy, freedom and human rights" will end up in failure, like "lifting a rock only to drop it on their own toes," Wong said.

Zhu Huihu, head of the Chinese guild hall in Mexico, said Tuesday that if nobody deliberately foments trouble, there would be no riots in Tibet. The Chinese central government has devoted many material and financial resources to economic construction in Tibet, attached importance to local culture and drawn up other policies in favor of Tibet.

China is making efforts to hold a successful Olympics in Beijing, however, the Dalai Lama clique does not want the Olympics to be held in a tranquil atmosphere, Zhu added.

Liu Kewei, secretary general of the general council of the overseas Chinese association in northwestern Mexico, said Wednesday that the riots in Lhasa posed a serious threat to safety and property of innocent common people. If the Chinese government sit idle and do nothing about the riots, social order will not be safeguarded.

Mary Lai, president of Cairo Chinese-Speaking Women's Association, believes that the Lhasa riots were premeditated by certain people with ulterior motives.

She supports the position of the Chinese government on the Tibet issue and opposes making use of the issue to boycott the Beijing Olympic Games.

New Zealand's Chinese-language weekly Home Voice pointed out that the Lhasa riots were masterminded and incited the Dalai clique.

The attempt to separate Tibet from China can never get the nod from the Chinese government and people and is doomed to fail, the weekly said in an editorial.

The criminal acts plotted by the Dalai Clique were aimed at attaining the "dirty" political purpose of boycotting the Beijing Olympic Games, and should be resolutely condemned, the Chinese-language World News newspaper of the Philippines said in a commentary on Wednesday.