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Don't receive Dalai Lama

June 3, 2009

BEIJING, June 2, 2009 (AFP) - CHINA on Tuesday warned that countries
receiving the Dalai Lama on his current European tour will 'severely damage'
relations with Beijing.

'Any irresponsible moves by any country over this issue will constitute
gross intervention in the internal affairs of China and will severely damage
relations with those countries,' foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang told
reporters. He gave no other details.

During his visit, the Dalai Lama met with the Danish Prime Minister Lars
Loekke Rasmussen and other top Danish elected officials, which drew an angry
reaction from China, warning of damage to bilateral ties.

The 73-year-old exiled Tibetan spiritual leader also was made an honorary
citizen of the Polish capital Warsaw and is expected to receive a similar
honour from Paris when he travels later to France.

Beijing accuses the Dalai Lama of seeking independence for Tibet from
Chinese rule and considers any official meeting with the leader as meddling
in China's internal affairs.

The Dalai Lama denies the accusation, saying he wants only meaningful
autonomy for his homeland.

The Dalai Lama's trip also is taking him to Iceland and the Netherlands.
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