Chinese delegation briefs Australians in cultural exchange

A Chinese Tibetan cultural exchange delegation has visited Canberra and briefed government officials, think-tanks and the Australian media about the latest development of China's Tibet autonomous region.

The delegation met with Australian government officials on Wednesday.

The Australian officials spoke highly of the friendly relations between the two countries and the two peoples, expressing their readiness to boost cooperation and exchange with Tibet in the fields of agriculture, science and technology as well as tourism.

While meeting with scholars from the National Library of Australia and journalists from Australia's mainstream media, the Chinese delegation outlined the achievements of Tibet over the past 50 years, including socio-economic development and protection of cultural heritage.

With regard to Tibet-related issues raised by the Australian side, Wang Yanwen, head of the delegation and associate inspector of the Department of Human Rights of China's State Council Information Office, stressed that Tibet has been part of China since ancient times.

She said the Chinese government is firmly opposed to any interference in China's internal affairs as well as any activity that undermines peace under the pretext of religion or human rights.

Wang also stressed the Chinese government is especially against certain international forces colluding with the Dalai Lama clique to engage in anti-China separatist activities.

The delegation's visit to Australia aims to introduce the current development of Tibet, especially the good and stable life of local people, Wang said, noting the two countries should respect each other and oppose irresponsible remarks.

Wang said the Chinese government attaches great importance to the rights and interests of the Tibetan people.