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as-tibet-burns-china-makes-arrests-seizes-tvs-pgDharamshala, July 11, 2013: - According to China's state-controlled Xinhua News Agency, Yu Zhengsheng, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, visited Tibetan areas incorporated into Gansu province on July 9.

Yu said China would bring lasting stability and prosperity in Tibet by accelerating the improvement of people's livelihoods. He said "The Dalai Lama's middle-way, aimed at achieving so-called high degree autonomy in Greater Tibet, is completely opposite to China's Constitution and the country's system of regional ethnic autonomy".

The Secretary for Information & International Relations of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) said the Chinese government's repressive policies and reality in Tibet are completely contrary to assertions made by Yu. "The CTA reiterates that the Chinese leadership should bring change in its policies on Tibet as per the wishes of the Tibetan people if it genuinely wants to bring lasting stability in Tibet. Political freedom is the issue and not the livelihood," Secretary Tashi Phuntsok said.

He strongly rejected Yu's allegations that the Middle-Way Approach contravenes the Chinese constitution and country's system of regional ethnic autonomy, adding that his skepticism on the proposal for genuine autonomy for Tibet reflects his evasion of the constitutional responsibilities. "The CTA had explained in its January 26, 2010 Note on the Memoradum on Genuine Autonomy for the Tibetan People how Middle-Way Approach does not contravene Chinese constitution," Secretary Tashi said.

The Central Tibetan Administration remains firmly committed to the Middle-Way Approach, and strongly believes that the only way to resolve the issue of Tibet is through dialogue. Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay, the democratically-elected leader and political successor to His Holiness the Dala Lama, has consistently maintained that the substance is primary and the process secondary, and that the Tibetan leadership is ready to engage in meaningful dialogue anywhere anytime.

The situation in Tibet remains grim with continuous protests since China took control of Tibet. The Chinese government's continued repression and hardline position on Tibet has resulted in unprecedented self-immolation protests by 119 Tibetans across the three traditional provinces of Tibet since 2009. The self-immolators have called for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's to Tibet and freedom for Tibetans. (Fact sheet on self-immolation)

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