The story appears on

Page A3

February 20, 2010

GET this page in PDF

Free for subscribers

View shopping cart

Related News

Home » Nation

China expresses anger over Obama, Dalai talks

China yesterday protested American President Barack Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama in strong terms, saying it "seriously harms" bilateral relations and demanding the United States takes steps to improve ties.

Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai summoned the US Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, to lodge a solemn representation over Thursday's White House meeting.

"The behavior of the US side seriously interferes in China's internal affairs, gravely hurts the national feelings of the Chinese people and seriously harms US-China relations," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zaoxu said in a statement yesterday.

Ma expressed strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition to the meeting.

"The Chinese side demands that the US side seriously considers China's stance, immediately adopts measures to wipe out the baneful impact and stops conniving and supporting anti-China separatist forces that seek Tibet independence," Ma said.

Despite China's strong opposition, Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had separate meetings with the Dalai Lama 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 opposed leaders or government officials of any country meeting the Dalai Lama in any form, he said.

It also firmly opposed any country or anyone using the Dalai Lama issue to interfere in Chinese internal affairs.

"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," Ma said.

The Dalai Lama was allowed to visit the US and meet its president and other political leaders, which grossly violated the basic norms governing international relations and ran counter to the principles in the three China-US joint communiques and the China-US joint statement, Ma said.

"It also went against the repeated commitments by the US government that the US recognizes Tibet as part of China and gives no support to 'Tibet independence'," he said.

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

He demanded that the US seriously considered China's stance.

The Obama-Dalai meeting was in the White House's Map Room, a lower-profile venue than the Oval Office.

There was no fanfare and Obama issued only a brief statement. The White House banned reporters and TV cameras, distributing just a single photo of the two.


Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend