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No bearing on China’s aid to Fiji

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, March 25, 2008) - The Chinese Government has said that the support from the Fiji Government in condemning the riots in Lhasa, the capital of China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, has no direct link to the aid it provides to Fiji.

China’s Ambassador to Fiji, Cai Jinbiao said today that Fiji did not support China’s action against the rioters because of the aid provided by China.

"The Fiji Government said that they fully understand and know what is behind the riots on Lhasa and they recognize that Tibet is part of Chinese territory and it’s an internal affair for China to handle the disturbance in Lhasa. So the Fijian Government is against the idea of linking what happened in Lhasa to the Olympic Games in Beijing. As you know that some quarters of the world are under China and they want to boycott the Olympics so the Fijian Government’s position is that it does not support any boycott," Jinbiao said.

He also raised his concern on how the international media has depicted the incident in Lhasa calling it a very ‘distorted and inaccurate’ way of reporting.

"The media has been very negative in the way they have reported on the incident in Tibet and have failed to report what really happened."

Jinbiao also blamed Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama for the unrest and calling him a political exile in religious cloak.

Meanwhile, permanent secretary in the Fiji Prime Minister’s Office Parmesh Chand confirmed to Fijilive that a letter of support had been forwarded to the Chinese government expressing Fiji’s stand on the riot that ravaged the city on March 14.

Riots broke out in Lhasa on the day resulting in beating, smashing, looting and arson that killed 18 civilians and injured 382.

Chand said the support was accorded for China’s actions under the rule of law.

"It is normal for any country to share notes with other countries in situations like this," Chand said. "And Fiji also believes that this is an internal matter for the Chinese government to deal with."

The Fiji Prime Minister said in his letter that it was necessary for China to take proper measures to safeguard national peace and stability.

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