Foreign Ministry Spokesperson: China is seriously concerned about Obama’s meeting with Dalai

Xinhuanet Beijing, February 21st Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said on the 21st that China expressed serious concern over US President Barack Obama’s informal meeting with the Dalai Lama in the White House and has made solemn representations to the US.

A reporter asked: It is reported that US President Barack Obama will meet informally with the Dalai Lama in the White House. What is China’s comment?

Hua Chunying said that we are seriously concerned about this and have made solemn representations to the US. It must be pointed out that Tibet affairs are purely China’s internal affairs and no foreign country has the right to interfere. The Dalai Lama is a political exile who has long been engaged in anti-China separatist activities under the banner of religion. The US arrangement of leaders to meet with the Dalai Lama will be a gross interference in China’s internal affairs, a serious violation of the norms of international relations, and will seriously damage Sino-US relations. The Chinese side is firmly opposed to this.

She said that we urge the US to take China’s concerns seriously and immediately cancel the US leader’s meeting with the Dalai Lama and not to facilitate the Dalai Lama’s anti-China separatist activities in the United States.

Responsible Editor: Wu Yuanchun

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