Copenhagen: Tibet is integral part of China

08:34, December 11, 2009      

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Denmark will oppose Tibetan independence and carefully consider China's reaction before inviting the Dalai Lama again, Copenhagen said Thursday in a diplomatic note to Beijing, AFP reported.

"Denmark is fully aware of the importance and sensitivity of Tibet-related issues and attaches great importance to the view of the Chinese government on these issues," the note said.

"Denmark takes very seriously the Chinese opposition to meetings between members of the Danish Government and the Dalai Lama, and has duly noted Chinese views that such meetings are against the core interest of China, and will handle such issues prudently.

"In this regard, Denmark reaffirms its One-China Policy and its unchanged position that Tibet is an integral part of China. Denmark recognizes China's sovereignty over Tibet and accordingly opposes the independence of Tibet."

Ties between Beijing and Copenhagen have been strained since late May when the Tibetan monk visited Denmark and was received by Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen. The welcome accorded to the Dalai Lama in what was termed a "private visit" led to the cancellation of official Danish visits to China and fueled problems for Danish firms operating in China, AFP reported.

The note said Denmark "attaches great importance to the considerable progress of the bilateral relations and the fruitful cooperation in the political, economic, cultural, educational, scientific and technological fields since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1950."

The diplomatic note was backed by two big opposition socialist parties.

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