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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang's Remarks on US President Obama's Meeting with the Dalai Lama

2014/02/22

Q: US President Barack Obama has reportedly had an unofficial meeting with the Dalai Lama at the White House. What is China's comment?

A: China has been expressing grave concerns to the US side about the Dalai Lama's visit to the US. Zhang Yesui, the Executive Vice Foreign Minister of China summoned the charge d'affaires of the US Embassy in China immediately after US President Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama, making solemn representations to the US side on its erroneous act.

Tibet is a sacred and inalienable part of China. Tibet-related affairs fall entirely within the internal affairs of China which allow no foreign interference. The Dalai Lama is a political exile who has long been engaged in anti-China separatist activities under the cloak of religion. The US, who gave green light to the Dalai Lama's visit and arranged his meeting with the US President, has grossly interfered in China's internal affairs, reneged on its commitment of recognizing Tibet as a part of China and not supporting "Tibet independence", severely violated basic norms governing international relations and caused grave damage to China-US relations. China expresses strong indignation and firm opposition to that.

We urge the US side to take China's concerns seriously, cease to connive and support anti-China separatist forces that seek "Tibet independence", stop interfering in China's internal affairs and take immediate steps to remove the adverse impact so as to avoid further damage to China-US relations.

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