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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Expresses Position on the Meeting between British Leaders and the Dalai Lama
Dalai Lama

On 14 May, in disregard of China’s multiple representations, the UK insisted on arranging a meeting between Prime Minister David Cameron and other UK leaders and the Dalai Lama. This is grave interference in China’s internal affairs and also an affront to the Chinese people, sending a wrong signal to “Tibet-Independence” forces. China expresses strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to that. China’s Foreign Ministry and Embassy in the UK have lodged solemn representations to the UK side both in Beijing and London.

The Tibet-related affairs are purely China’s internal affairs. Dalai is a political exile long engaged in anti-China secessionist activities under the disguise of religion. China firmly opposes any country’s leaders to meet with Dalai in whatever form, and opposes any country or individual’s attempt to interfere in China’s internal affairs in the excuse of Tibet issue. We urge the UK side to take China’s position seriously, stop conniving at and supporting anti-China “Tibet-Independence” forces, take effective measures immediately to undo the damage, and uphold the overall interests of China-UK relations with credible actions.

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