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China accuses US of interference in its internal affairs over bill

May 21, 2009

May 20, 2009

Dharamsala, May 20 -- China on Tuesday accused
the United States of meddling with its internal
affairs. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma
Zhaoxu expressed his disappointment over a US
foreign relations bill proposal that allocates
money to protect Tibetan Culture and history, or
to promote environmental protection, education
and health care services there. The bill also
devoted some clauses to Hong Kong and Taiwan.

"China resolutely rejected the US act and made
solemn representations with the United States,"
Ma told a regular press conference in Beijing.

Ma's comments came as US Congressman Howard
Berman, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs
Committee, introduced "Foreign Relations
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 and 2011 (H.R.2410)" on May 14.

The US act violated the basic principles guiding
the international relations, the three China-US
joint communiques and the commitments made by the
US side, said Ma, adding that "It meddled in
China's domestic issues of Taiwan, Tibet and Hong Kong."

Ma asked the United States to delete
China-related sections in the bill to avoid
damaging bilateral relations between the two nations.
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