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China compares Tibet under Dalai Lama to US’ slavery age

Last Updated: Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 19:26

Beijing: Sticking to its opposition to any
meeting between the Dalai Lama and Barack Obama, China today
sought to draw a parallel between the alleged "serf system" in
Tibet and slavery in America, saying the "black" US president
should understand its stance on the Tibetan leader.

"China is firmly opposed to the Dalai Lama`s acts in
international arena and opposed to any contact between the
Dalai Lama and leading officials of foreign governments in
whatever name or capacity," Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin
Gang told a media briefing, official Xinhua news agency said.

He was replying to a question on a possible meeting
between the Dalai Lama and Obama.

Qin repeated the Chinese allegation that before his exile
to India in 1959, the Dalai Lama presided over a "feudal serf
system" which the Chinese government abolished.

"The abolishment of the serf system in Tibet is as
significant as the end of the slavery in the US," he said.

"In one of his speeches, President Obama said he was very
grateful to president (Abaraham) Lincoln, because without
president Lincoln, he would not have been the first black
president of the US," Qin said.

As Obama was appreciative of Lincoln, who abolished
slavery, China believed Obama could understand its stance of
opposing Tibet independence and the Dalai Lama`s attempts to
"split" the country, the spokesman said. "As a black
President, he knows the importance of slave abolition."

"We call for the United States to respect China`s
territorial integrity and national unity," Qin said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 19:26
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