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Canada urged to safeguard China relations after Dalai meeting

November 2, 2007

<China Daily is an official publication of the People’s Republic of China>
By Li Xing (China Daily)

Updated: 2007-10-30 19:35

China today demanded that Canada take effective measures to stop
shielding and supporting Tibetan secessionists' activities to prevent
from further demaging the bilateral relations.

The actions by the Canadian side are "seriously detrimental to the
China-Canada relations," said Foreign Ministry Spokesman Liu Jianchao,
when asked to assess the impact of the respective public meetings of
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Governor-General Michaelle
Jean with the 14th Dalai Lama Monday on the Sino-Canadian relationships.

"The Canadian side violated the basic international norm and blatantly
interfered in China's internal affairs," he said at the regular press
conference.

"The words and deeds of the Dalai Lama over the past decades have shown
that he is a political exile who long engages himself in secessionist
activities and undermines the unity of ethnic groups in the name of
religion," Liu said.

He reiterated that Tibet is an inseparable part of China and the Tibetan
affair is the internal affair of China's. "China has continuously
opposed to any country and any individuals using the Dalai Lama issue to
interfere in China's internal affairs," he said, adding that China
expresses "dissatisfaction and resolute opposition" to the Canadian acts.

In a statement posted Monday, Chinese Embassy to Canada also expressed
the hope that Canada took "concrete steps to safeguard China-Canada
relationships".

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