Wary of Dalai Lama, China threatens US officials

Posted By: Biswajeet Panda
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Beijing, Jul 7: How have the have changed? China, which was once looked down upon as a Third World country is now having the guts to decide whom the officials of United States of America decide to meet. Remarkable and equally so is the only person whom the South Asian nation fears -- won't be a wrong word to say.

Addressing a regular Press briefing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said, "We oppose the underhand visits of the Dalai Lama which he uses to engage in activities to split the motherland. At the same time, we also oppose any foreign government or politicians supporting or abetting in such activities by the Dalai Lama."

He added, "We hope that the United States strictly abide by its promises on the Tibet issue and ... cautiously and appropriately deal with relevant issues."

The Dalai Lama, who is on a visit to the United States, is reviled by the Chinese government who accuse him of supporting the use of violence to establish an independent Tibet. On his part the Tibetan spiritual leader has all along been denying the Chinese claims and insists that he seeks only true autonomy for Tibet.

The Tibetan spiritual guru had in 2010 met US President Barack Obama, which drew strong denunciation from China.

He is due to give a public talk in Washington on Jul 9.

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