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Thursday, 29 May 1997
Page: 3943

Motion (by Senator Brown) agreed to:

That the Senate—

(a)   notes the policy of the United States of America on Tibet, as outlined by Mr Jeffrey Bader, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs, on 13 May 1997:

      `The United States encourages China and the Dalai Lama to hold serious discussions aimed at resolution of differences at an early date, without preconditions . . . We have consistently asserted that any questions surrounding Tibet and its relationship to Chinese authorities in Beijing should be resolved by direct dialogue between the Tibetans, in particular the Dalai Lama, and the Chinese.';

(b)   urges the Australian Government to emulate this policy; and

(c)   calls on the People's Republic of China and the Tibetans, in particular the Dalai Lama, to enter into direct dialogue about the future of Tibet.