China has strongly condemned violent attacks on its diplomatic missions overseas by groups and individuals supporting "Tibet independence."
Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said police forces of these countries have taken measures and stepped up their protection of Chinese embassies and consulates. And they have promised to deal with the culprits in accordance with the law.
Liu Jianchao said countries including the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, and Australia have apologized to China for failing to protect China's missions.
Australia has been subjected to attacks by overseas "Tibet independence" elements.
Since March 10th, 17 Chinese embassies and consulates in the United States, Canada, India, Britain, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Australia have been subjected to attacks by overseas "Tibet independence" elements. The lawbreakers forcefully pushed past the guard line set by the police of the foreign countries, stoned the buildings of the embassies and consulates, smashed doors and windows, and damaged vehicles. Some of them even broke into the embassies and consulates and assaulted the staff.
The lawbreakers forcefully pushed past the guard line set by the police of the foreign countries, stoned the buildings of the embassies and consulates, smashed doors and windows, and damaged vehicles.
Liu Jianchao said the "Tibet independence" groups attacked the Chinese missions overseas almost simultaneously in different countries. This was evidently another carefully plotted act masterminded by the Dalai clique to split China.
He said these attacks once again exposed the Dalai clique's secessionist motive and their hypocrisy in proclaiming "peace" and "non-violence".
The spokesman noted that such violent acts have seriously disrupted the workings of the missions, undermined the dignity of the diplomatic institutions, and jeopardized the staff's safety.
Liu Jianchao said such acts are against international laws and conventions, not to mention the specific laws of the individual countries.
(CCTV March 21, 2008)