Q: On October 29, the Swedish Presidency, on behalf of the European Union, issued a statement, condemning China's recent execution of two Tibetans who were suspected of participating in Lhasa March 14 Incident and asking China to abolish death penalty. Do you have any comment?
A: We express our strong dissatisfaction with and firm opposition to the EU statement. The March 14 incident is a grievous violent crime involving beating, smashing, looting and burning, which is organized, premeditated and instigated by the Dalai Clique, and perpetrated by the separatist forces for "Tibetan Independence" both in and out of China acting in collusion. The judicial authorities of China have carried out fair and open trial of the suspects and bring to justice criminals guilty of the most heinous crimes. This is China's internal affair and judicial sovereignty which brooks no interference from any foreign countries. China strongly opposes the practice of interfering in other's internal affairs under the pretext of the death penalty issue. We urge the EU to earnestly abide by the principle of equality and mutual respect and refrain from sending wrong signals to the separatist forces for "Tibetan Independence", with a view to promoting the healthy and stable development of China-EU relations.