Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ma Zhaoxu's Remarks on US President Obama Meeting the Dalai Lama

On July 16, US Eastern Time, despite China's firm opposition, the US side arranged a meeting between President Obama and the Dalai Lama in the White House, which gravely interferes in China's internal affairs, offends the Chinese people and impairs bilateral relations. The Chinese Foreign Ministry and the Chinese Embassy in the US have made solemn representations to the US side in Beijing and Washington, D.C.

Tibet-related issues are purely China's internal affairs. Dalai, a political exile in nature, has long engaged in anti-China separatist activities under the disguise of religion. China firmly opposes any foreign leader meeting Dalai in whatever form and any country or any person using Dalai as a pretext to interfere in China's internal affairs. By granting Dalai the visit and arranging a meeting with its top leader, the US seriously breaches basic norms governing international relations, breaks the serious pledges repeatedly made by its Government and impairs China-US relations. The Chinese side expresses strong indignation and firm opposition over that. It takes concerted efforts of both China and the US to maintain sustained and stable development of bilateral relations. We urge the US to take China's solemn position seriously, take immediate measures to eliminate the bad impact, and stop interfering in China's internal affairs and condoning or supporting "Tibet Independence" anti-China separatist forces.

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