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China summons U.S. ambassador to protest award to Dalai Lama
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17:06, October 18, 2007

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Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Thursday summoned U.S. ambassador to China Clark Randt to express strong protest on behalf of the Chinese government for the Capitol's awarding to the Dalai Lama, Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said.

The move of the United States is a wanton interference in China's internal affairs, has hurt the feelings of the Chinese people and gravely undermined its relations with China, Liu told a press briefing on Thursday.

Tibet is an inalienable part of the Chinese territory, Liu said, adding the Tibet issue is purely China's internal affairs.
China resolutely opposes any country or any people to make use of the Dalai Lama issue to interfere its domestic affairs, he said.

"The words and deeds of the Dalai Lama in the past decades show he is a political refugee engaged in secessionist activities in the camouflage of religion," Liu said.

The so-called U.S. congressional award to the Dalai Lama and the meetings of U.S. leaders with him "have severely trampled on the norms of international relations and violated the U.S. government's reiterated position on the Tibet issue," Liu said.
"We express our strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition toward this," he said.

Chinese people's determination to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity is unswerving and any attempt to interfere in China's internal affairs using the Dalai problem is doomed to fail, Liu said.

Source: Xinhua



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