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China Accuses US of Meddling After Obama-Dalai Lama Meeting

Saturday, 22 February 2014 07:21 AM

BEIJING — China on Saturday accused the United States of meddling in its domestic affairs after President Barack Obama met the Dalai Lama at the White House, and said it is up to Washington to take steps to avoid further damaging ties.

"The U.S. seriously interfered in China's internal affairs by allowing the Dalai's visit to the United States and arranging the meetings with U.S. leaders," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in a statement.

"We urge the U.S. to take China's concerns seriously, stop tolerance and support of anti-China separatist forces, cease interfering in China's internal affairs and immediately take measures to eliminate its baneful influence to avoid further impairment to China-U.S. relations."

China had warned on Friday after news broke of the planned meeting that an encounter between Obama and the Dalai Lama would damage relations between Washington and Beijing, and urged the U.S. to cancel it.

Beijing considers Tibet an integral part of its territory and regards the Dalai Lama as a separatist.

The meeting went ahead, however, with Obama on Friday offering his "strong support" for the protection of Tibetans' human rights in China.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui late Friday in Beijing summoned the charge d'affaires at the US embassy to protest the meeting, the ministry said in a separate statement.

"China expressed strong indignation and firm opposition" to the "erroneous acts" of the U.S. in interfering in China's internal issues, the ministry quoted Zhang as saying.

The ministry statement identified the U.S. official by a Chinese name, but the official Xinhua news agency in an English-language report gave his name as Daniel Kritenbrink.

"Tibetan issues fall purely into the domestic affairs of China," Zhang said. "The U.S. has no right to interfere."

The meeting with the Dalai Lama "will seriously sabotage China-U.S. relations and surely impair the interests of the U.S. itself," he said.

"The U.S. must take concrete actions to win the trust of the Chinese government and its people."

The Dalai Lama has lived in exile in India since 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule.

© AFP 2019

   
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China on Saturday accused the United States of meddling in its domestic affairs after President Barack Obama met the Dalai Lama at the White House, and said it is up to Washington to take steps to avoid further damaging ties.
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