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China Confident in its Ability to Rule Tibet "Forever"

Hao Peng, deputy Communist Party official and deputy governor in Tibet claims that China can maintain its grip on Tibet “forever” but that a heavy security forces was still needed to ensure order after March 2008 Tibetan unrest.

"We have the ability and confidence to maintain stability in Tibet forever, and we will ultimately achieve long-term order and stability," said Hao. "What you see in the streets, including the police and other legal forces are necessary measures to maintain stability."

Thupten Samphel, Secretary of the Department of Information and International Relations of the Central Tibetan Administration in India have responded by saying that China’s administration of Tibet through violence and use of force would not ensure stability. “China can gain love and respect from the Tibetans in Tibet only when administered with love,” Thupten said.

Hao blamed overseas anti-Chinese factions and “the Dalai clique” responsible for the waves of protests across Tibetan areas in March 2008.

Tibetans in Tibet are not allowed to keep pictures of their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. Hao said the prohibition on the Dalai Lama’s image was natural. "The Dalai Lama is not merely a religious figure, he is also a mastermind of separatist activities. No sovereign country in the world would allow the hanging of a portrait of a person like that," he said.

Every year, thousands of Tibetans risk their lives to cross the Himalaya Mountains in an attempt to see the Dalai Lama in India.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.