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China warns Obama not to meet Dalai Lama

February 2, 2010

China accuses the Dalai Lama of being a troublemaker
By Michael Bristow
BBC News
February 2, 2010

Beijing -- China has warned the US president that
it will harm ties between the two countries if he meets the Dalai Lama.

Chinese Communist Party official Zhu Weiqun said
there would be "corresponding action" if the meeting went ahead.

The White House has indicated that Barack Obama
intends to meet the head of Tibetans in exile.

Mr Zhu's comments follow talks between China and
the Dalai Lama's representatives in China.

The talks yielded little progress, with both
sides reiterating positions that were "sharply divided".

No compromise

Mr Zhu talked at length about China's view on a
possible meeting between Mr Obama and the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize winner.

He said: "It will seriously undermine the
foundations of Sino-US political relations."

Mr Zhu, of the Chinese Communist Party's United
Front Work Department, said China would retaliate.

It will seriously undermine the foundations of Sino-US political relations.

Zhu Weiqun on possible Obama-Dalai Lama meeting

"If [the meeting] does happen we will take
corresponding action to make relevant countries see their mistakes," he said.

These comments come straight after a disagreement
between China and the US about the sale of
American military equipment worth $6.4bn to
Taiwan, an island China considers its own.

Mr Zhu was speaking at a press conference to
discuss the recent five-day visit to China by the Dalai Lama's representatives.

This is the 9th time the two sides have met since
2002, but there is little common ground between
them, as the Communist Party official acknowledged.

"The positions of the two sides are sharply divided," he said.

"We have become accustomed to this - this has
become a norm rather than an exception."

According to China, at this latest round of
meetings the Tibetans again reiterated their
hopes for the introduction of greater autonomy in the Himalayan region.

Mr Zhu said there was no possibility of the
"slightest compromise" on the issue of sovereignty in Tibet.

He also attacked the Dalai Lama, who he said was a troublemaker.

The Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule.

"He should make a thorough self-examination of
his words and deeds and radically correct his
political positions if he really expects results
of contact and talks," said the Chinese official.

The talks between China and the Tibetans in
exile, based in Dharamsala in India, follow an
important conference held last month by Chinese
leaders to review their Tibet policies.

The meeting established China's goal of bringing
about "leap-forward development" and long-term
security in the region, which saw major unrest in March 2008.

Despite riots and demonstrations directed against
Chinese rule, Beijing believes its policies in Tibet are correct.

"The conference especially demonstrated the
brilliant achievements in Tibet in the new century," said Mr Zhu.
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