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China Again Asks Dalai Lama to Declare Tibet a Part of China - 2004-07-15

China has again called on Tibet's spiritual leader in exile, the Dalai Lama, to publicly declare Tibet as part of China. A Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman (Zhang Qiyue) said only when the Dalai Lama gives up what she calls his "pursuit for Tibet independence," will Beijing consider negotiating with him for his return home.

The spokeswoman also called on the Dalai Lama to publicly announce that both Tibet and Taiwan are part of China.

The Dalai Lama has asked China to resume dialogue with his government-in-exile. The Nobel laureate fled Tibet for northern India in 1959.

China has long been accused of trying to destroy Tibetan culture through human rights violations and ethnic Chinese immigration.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.