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Fukuda tells China that Tibet is an international issue

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Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda bluntly told China Friday that Tibetan unrest had become an international issue, contradicting Beijing's official line, and hinted it could hit the Olympics. Fukuda made the remarks to visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, who is paving the way for President Hu Jintao's much-anticipated trip here next month.

Fukuda was quoted as telling Yang during a meeting at the prime minister's office in Tokyo that China has to ''squarely face the reality that the situation in Tibet has become an international issue'' and later told reporters that Yang expressed his hope to resolve the matter promptly to make the Beijing Olympics a success.

China has repeatedly countered criticism of its crackdown in the Himalayan region by saying its handling of protests last month was strictly an internal matter.

Yang, who had described Tibet as a "domestic issue" on Friday, reiterated Beijing's position that the Dalai Lama, the region's exiled spiritual leader, was responsible for the deadly unrest.

"If the Dalai's side stops splittist activities, violent activities and activities to sabotage the Olympics, the door for dialogue is open," Yang told Fukuda, according to the statement.

Yang's four-day visit is mainly aimed at preparing for Hu's trip scheduled for May 6-10, the first in a decade by a Chinese head of state.

Although relations between Tokyo and Beijing have warmed recently, ties have been strained by a health scare here over Chinese-made dumplings and an ongoing dispute over lucrative drilling rights to gas fields in the East China Sea.

Fukuda, who took office in September, has sought friendly ties with China, which refused high-level contacts during the 2001-2006 premiership of Junichiro Koizumi due to his visits to a controversial war shrine.

Fukuda told Yang that "both sides need to make efforts to overcome various bilateral problems," the statement said.

"China would like to build a framework with Japan through the visit by Hu so that the two countries will prosper in the long term," Yang told reporters. ''The two countries recognized that we will further promote a 'mutually beneficial strategic relationship' in the future. We also agreed on other key points such as ensuring a successful visit to Japan by President Hu.''

Hu's visit, officially set for May 6 to 10, will be the first by a Chinese president to Japan since Jiang Zemin visited in 1998. Yang also said he told Fukuda that China wants to contribute to an outreach session at July's Group of Eight summit in the Lake Toya resort area of Hokkaido so as to make the event a success.

© Wire reports

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Wow, hats off to Mr Fukuda for telling China the truth. To be honest I thought Japan waas going to play good cop on this one but I have to admit that I'm impressed.

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Wow indeed. This is a welcome change.

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Yes, what balls! Now, will his ratings go up slightly because of this?

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His reference to 'international' is about protests in Tibet and not about freedom of Tibet. Media spun will hardly help improve his approval rating.

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Two Points

Those countries most concern about Tibet should take the exiles/refugees off the PRC border as immigrants. The unrest would lessen.

The PRC should start using the phrase, "national security" when problems concerning Tibet is brought up. "National security" is quickly understood in the English speaking media, and better clarifies the level of importance to English speaking news outlets.

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apec: Yes, 'national security'. Maybe that's why America is quite happy to harp on about the plight of the Tibetans but sure are quiet when it comes to the Uighurs who are....wait for it...muslims!

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These minorities in any country are like pawns in political games played by the big powers..

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Those countries most concern about Tibet should take the exiles/refugees off the PRC border as immigrants. The unrest would lessen.

Not necessarily - it might make things worse if people couldn't go back. They want to remain in Tibet, but they're tired of the oppression there.

The PRC should start using the phrase, "national security" when problems concerning Tibet is brought up. "National security" is quickly understood in the English speaking media, and better clarifies the level of importance to English speaking news outlets.

No one would buy that.

Maybe that's why America is quite happy to harp on about the plight of the Tibetans but sure are quiet when it comes to the Uighurs who are....wait for it...muslims!

Xinjiang has a very different history - it was under Chinese control a lot more than Tibet was.

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hello - well, sounds not too bad, but we have to watch closely and very precisly every further movements conc the further developement of "the h.h. dalai-lama china dialogue" - I am pleased to hear from any politican for the first time "tibet is an international issue" ndeed, tibet an occupied as almost everybody knows! tashi delek - rangzen wernerhki

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hello - well, sounds not too bad, but we have to watch closely and very precisly every further movements conc the further developement of "the h.h. dalai-lama china dialogue" - I am pleased to hear from any politican for the first time "tibet is an international issue" ndeed, tibet an occupied as almost everybody knows! tashi delek - rangzen wernerhki

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"Maybe that's why America is quite happy to harp on about the plight of the Tibetans but sure are quiet when it comes to the Uighurs who are....wait for it...muslims!"

It's a stereotype and a fallacy to say that the US won't suppprt muslims for the simple reason that they're Muslims. We supported the Muslim ninority against the Serbs in Kosovo. We certainly have far more Muslim Allies than enemies. We've had a problem with Uighers that were rounded up in Afghanistan because they were there training to fight the Chinese, not the west.

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"Maybe that's why America is quite happy to harp on about the plight of the Tibetans but sure are quiet when it comes to the Uighurs who are....wait for it...muslims!"

Is there a pacifist leader of the Uighurs hiding out in Northern India? News to me.

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