World Bulletin / News Desk
China has "time on its side" to win over Western opinion to its point of view on the restive regions of Tibet and East Turkestan (Xinjiang), a senior official wrote on Wednesday.
Zhu Weiqun, chairman of the ethnic and religious affairs committee of the top advisory body to parliament, acknowledged this would be a difficult task but said dissenting voices were beginning to be heard in the West.
"As China becomes more involved in international affairs, and as Tibet and Xinjiang further open to the world, more and more Westerners will have an understanding of Tibet and Xinjiang that better accords with reality," Zhu wrote in a lengthy article on the government-run website Tibet.cn.
Tibet and (East Turkestan) Xinjiang are two of China's most sensitive areas when it comes to foreign criticism of its human rights record.
Zhu said the West would finally "see the real face of the Dalai clique and 'East Turkestan'," referring to exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and the armed forces China says operate in East Turkestan.
Zhu said such views in the West was still "weak and isolated" but they represented "the trend of history". Zhu was heavily involved in the past in Beijing's failed efforts to talk to the Dalai Lama's representatives.
"Without a doubt this will all need long-term, difficult and careful work, as well as much patience, but time is on China's side," he wrote.
China says it has poured money into both the strategically located regions as part of its efforts to bring development to what it says were backward and remote areas and that it respects the rights of people there.
Rights groups and exiles say Beijing tramples on the freedoms of Tibetans, as well as the Muslim Uighur people of East Turkestan.
Tensions in Tibet and East Turkestan have been running high.
In Tibetan regions of China, including four provinces outside Tibet, more than 120 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since 2009 in protest over Chinese rule. Most have died.
In East Turkestan, more than 100 people have died in violence since April 2013.
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