The ICT, the International Campaign for Tibet, is calling on President Bush to not attend the opening ceremonies for the Olympic Games this summer in Beijing as a protest against the Chinese government’s actions in the latest conflict between China and Tibet.Â There will be a demonstration in front of the White House on Monday, March 31 to show support for Tibet and to call on President Bush to personally boycott the Olympics in China.
Â The ICT has a clear position on the conflict, which can be seen on their website on Facebook.Â “Our mission is to return self-determination to the people of Tibet and encourage China to reach a negotiated solution with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.”
The Administration’s position is not altogether different.Â A few days ago, on March 26, President Bush called President Hu Jintao of China and “encouraged the Chinese government to engage in substantive dialogue with the Dalai Lama’s representatives,” to quote a statement made by Press Secretary Dana Perino.
Also, on March 28, during a press conference with Prime Minister Rudd of Australia, President Bush said that in his conversation with Hu Jintau of China he told him, “it’s in his country’s interest that he sit down again with representatives of the Dalai Lama . . . and that we urged restraint.”
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