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Don't meet the Dalai Lama, China tells Obama

April 24, 2009

Kalsang Rinchen
Phayul
April 23, 2009

Dharamsala, April 23 -- China today said that
President Barack Obama should not meet His
Holiness the Dalai Lama during his October visit to Washington D.C.

"We firmly oppose the Dalai's engagement in
separatist activities in any country under
whatever capacity and under whatever name,"
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu was quoted
by Associated Press as saying at a regular news conference in Beijing.

Jiang said her government has urged the US to
“honor its commitments and not allow the Dalai to
engage in separatist activities in the United States."

China cancelled a major summit with the European
Union last year due to a meeting between French
President Nicolas Sarkozy and the Dalai Lama in Poland.

China regularly accuses the 73 year old Tibetan
leader of seeking independence for Tibet but the
Tibetan leader who is respected and admired
widely in the world says he is seeking a genuine
autonomy for the restive Himalayan region and not
independence as accused by China.

In February, the Obama administration came under
strong criticism when its Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton, during her trip to Beijing, said
that the United States would not let its human
rights concerns interfere with cooperation with Beijing.

His Holiness begins his US tour tomorrow with a
lecture at the University of Santa Barbara,
California. His Holiness will also visit
Berkeley, Boston, New York and Albany in the next
two weeks. This is His first visit to the country
after Obama became president of the United States.
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