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China has time on its side over Tibet, Xinjiang issues: Zhu Weiqun
Last Updated: 2014-02-19 15:18 | CE.cn
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By Li Hongmei

China has "time on its side" to win over Western opinion to its point of view on its western regions of Tibet and Xinjiang, a senior official wrote on Wednesday.

Zhu Weiqun, chairman of the ethnic and religious affairs committee of the top advisory body to parliament, wrote in a lengthy article on the government website Tibet.cn.

"As China becomes more involved in international affairs, and as Tibet and Xinjiang further open to the world, more and more Westerners will have an understanding of Tibet and Xinjiang that better accords with reality."

Zhu said the West would finally "see the real face of the Dalai clique and 'East Turkestan'."

"Without a doubt this will all need long-term, difficult and careful work, as well as much patience, but time is on China's side," he wrote.

In the article, Zhu also signaled there would be no change in policy.

"What should be developed should be developed, and when stability should be maintained it will be maintained - (we) must totally disregard whatever the West says," he wrote.

Zhu also criticized foreign leaders who meet the Dalai Lama. "We can only push the West to change its way of thinking if we let them understand that China's power cannot be avoided ... and that the West's interests lie in development and maintaining ties with China, not the opposite," he said.

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