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China Protests Bush Meeting With Dalai Lama

Wednesday, 23 May 2001 12:00 AM

"Any meeting with a person who has spent all of these years trying to separate Tibet from China - who doesn't recognize the fact that Tibet is part of China - in our view is something unacceptable," a spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Washington said Tuesday.

The Dalai Lama's meeting at the White House will conclude a nine-city tour of the United States by the Buddhist leader, who has lived in exile since he was forced by the communists to flee his homeland in 1959.

The 65-year-old spiritual leader also will meet with Secretary of State Colin Powell, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and Undersecretary of State for Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky, who was appointed special coordinator for Tibetan issues just last week.

Beijing has strongly protested the meetings between the exiled leader and senior U.S. officials.

The meetings are especially sensitive as negotiations are continuing between U.S. and Chinese officials to secure the release of a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft, which has been stranded on Hainan Island since it collided with a Chinese fighter April 1.

China responded angrily to the appointment of Dobriansky, who is the highest-ranking official ever named as special coordinator for Tibetan issues.

The Clinton administration named the first special coordinator for Tibet in 1997, and an international movement to free Tibet from Chinese rule is growing rapidly.

Some experts saw Dobriansky's appointment as a further sign that the Bush administration would continue a harder line with China than that of the previous administration.

Bush also angered Beijing when he said recently the United States would come to Taiwan's aid if the self-governing island were attacked by China.

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The Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his efforts to win self-rule for Tibet through non-violence and is the author of more than 50 books in English. He heads his religious movement from his headquarters at Dharmsala, northern India.

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