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China lodges solemn representations over Obama-Dalai Lama meeting

February 21, 2010

Xinhua (People's Republic of China)
February 19, 2010

BEIJING, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice-Foreign
Minister Cui Tiankai Friday summoned the U.S.
Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman and lodged
solemn representations over U.S. President Barack
Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama.

"The U.S. act grossly interfered in China's
internal affairs, gravely hurt the Chinese
people's national sentiments and seriously
damaged the Sino-U.S. ties, " said Chinese
Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu in a further statement Friday.

In spite of China's strong opposition, U.S.
President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton met respectively with the Dalai Lama in Washington on Thursday.

"Tibet is an inalienable part of the inviolable
territory of China, and the issues concerning
Tibet are purely internal affairs of China," Ma said.

China firmly opposes leaders or government
officials of any country meeting the Dalai Lama
in any form, and also firmly opposes any country
or anyone using the Dalai Lama issue to interfere
in its internal affairs, he added.

"The Dalai Lama's words and deeds have shown that
he is not a pure religious figure, but a
political exile who has all along been engaged in
separatist activities under the pretext of religion," the spokesman said.

The U.S. side allowed the Dalai Lama to visit the
United States and arranged its president and
other political leader to meet with him, which
grossly violated the basic norms governing the
international relations, and ran counter to the
principles set forth in the three China-U.S.
joint communiques and the China-U.S. joint statement, Ma said.

"It also went against the repeated commitments by
the U.S. government that the U.S. recognizes
Tibet as part of China and gives no support to
'Tibet independence'", he said, stressing China
expressed strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition against such a move.

The determination of the Chinese government and
the Chinese people to safeguard national
sovereignty and territorial integrity is firm and
unshakable, and anyone who attempts to use the
Dalai Lama issue to interfere in China's internal
affairs is doomed to failure, said Ma.

He demanded the U.S. seriously consider China's
stance, immediately adopt measures to wipe out
the baneful impact and stop conniving and
supporting anti-China separatist forces that seek "Tibet independence."

The U.S. should stop interfering in China's
internal affairs and make concrete actions to
maintain healthy and steady growth of China-U.S. relations, he said.

Originally named Lhamo Thondup, the Dalai Lama
was conferred the title of the 14th Dalai Lama in 1940.

After launching and having failed an armed
rebellion in March 1950, he fled to India and
formed a so-called "Tibet government in exile."

In the guise of religion, the Dalai Lama has
since then been involved in activities aimed to
separate China and to undermine Tibet's social stability.
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