China: Tibet

House of Lords written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of Lord Malloch-Brown Lord Malloch-Brown Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Minister of State (Africa, Asia and the UN)

We have been in regular contact with the Chinese authorities both in Beijing and London regarding events in Tibet and the surrounding region. My right honourable friend the Prime Minister spoke to Chinese Premier Wen on 19 March urging the Chinese Government to address the underlying issues in Tibet by re-engaging in dialogue with the Dalai Lama and his representatives. My right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary spoke to Chinese Foreign Minister Yang on 21 March, further emphasising the need for dialogue. My right honourable friend the Prime Minister has made clear he will pass on similar messages to the Dalai Lama when he visits the UK in May this year. We are encouraged that both sides have indicated that they are prepared to engage in dialogue.

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