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China lodges stern representations over U,S. leader call to Dalai Lama

September 28, 2008

     BEIJING, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- China said on Thursday it has lodged
stern representations with the United States after U.S. leaders talked
with the Dalai Lama and met his representative in the United States.

     "We urge the U.S. side to strictly abide by international laws and
regulations, honor its commitment to recognize Tibet as an inalienable
part of China, not to support Tibet independence and stop interfering in
China's internal affairs," Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao told
a routine press conference.

     Liu said the Dalai Lama was not purely a religious person but was
an exiled politician engaged in activities intended to separate Tibet
from China and disrupt national unity.

     George W. Bush telephoned the Dalai Lama and expressed concern over
his health after he canceled a recent visit to Europe due to health
reasons.
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