China opposes US support to Dalai Lama

China said it was against the Dalai Lama engaging in activities aimed at splitting the motherland.

Updated: Jul 07, 2011, 23:37 PM IST

Beijing: China on Thursday firmly opposed to the
US having any official talks with Tibetan spiritual leader the
Dalai Lama, who is currently visiting America.

"We are firmly against the Dalai Lama engaging in
activities aimed at splitting the motherland through overseas
visits," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei told a
media briefing here today.

"We are firmly opposed to foreign governments or any
political figures supporting and encouraging such activities."

The 1989 Nobel Peace Prize winner is scheduled to meet
with US lawmakers including Speaker John Boehner and Minority
Leader Nancy Pelosi, the top House member from President
Barack Obama`s Democratic Party.

China took strong exception to Obama`s meeting with
the Tibetan leader in 2009 which caused major disruption in
bilateral ties as Beijing called of military contacts both on
this issue as well as US arms sales to Taiwan, which China
claims as its part.

There is no word yet whether Obama would meet the
Dalai Lama this time.

"We hope the US will strictly abide by its commitments
on the Tibet religious issue, proceed from the overall
interests of bilateral relations and cautiously and properly
handle the relevant issue," Hong said.

China accuses the Dalai Lama of being a separatist
determined to establish an independent Tibet - charges the the
Buddhist leader has long denied.

PTI