BEIJING –accused Tibetan supporters of the of attacking its embassies around the world, vowing Monday to protect its territory as it clamped down on anti-government protests in Tibet.
The Foreign Ministry comments were the first comments by the central government since Tibetan protests against Chinese rule began on March 10. They came just hours before a midnight deadline set by Chinese authorities for protesters in the Tibetan capitalto surrender or face harsh consequences.
“The Chinese government will unwaveringly protect national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” spokesman Liu Jianchao said at a news conference.
The protests that began in Tibet have spilled over to neighboring provinces and even to the capitalwhere students staged a sit-down demonstration on Monday. There have been sympathy protests around the world as well, many of them outside of Chinese diplomatic missions.