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Remarks With Secretary Rice and Thai Foreign Minister Noppadon Pattama Before Their Meeting

Secretary Condoleezza Rice
Washington, DC
March 20, 2008

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QUESTION: Secretary Rice, is China using excessive force against the protestors in Tibet?

SECRETARY RICE: We're certainly concerned about the situation in Tibet. I spoke last evening with my counterpart, Foreign Minister Yang, urged restraint. And most importantly, we have urged for many years that China engage in a dialogue with the Dalai Lama, who represents an authoritative figure who stands against violence and who also stands for the cultural autonomy of the Tibetan people, but has made very clear that he does not stand for independence. And I believe that this would be a basis on which China could reach out to an authoritative figure for peace. And so we are encouraging that, and I hope that China will exercise restraint. But it is also important that all parties refrain from violence.

Thank you very much.

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Released on March 20, 2008

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