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China opposes Mexican president's meeting with Dalai Lama


12:37, September 11, 2011

BEIJING, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- China on Saturday expressed strong discontent and opposition to the meeting between Mexican President Felipe Calderon Hinojosa and the Dalai Lama.

"This grossly interferes in China's internal affairs, hurts the feelings of the Chinese people, and damages China-Mexico relations," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ma Zhaoxu in a press release.

Despite strong objections and representations from China, the Mexican side arranged Calderon's meeting with the Dalai Lama on Sept. 9 local time, Ma said.

China's Foreign Ministry and the Chinese Embassy in Mexico have lodged solemn representations to the Mexican side in Beijing and Mexico City, according to the spokesperson.

Referring to the Tibet issue as China's internal affairs, Ma said issues regarding Tibet concern China's core interests and the Chinese people's feelings.

The Dalai Lama had been engaged in secessionist activities in the name of religion for years, he said, adding that China firmly opposes any foreign leaders and government officials meeting with the Dalai Lama in any form.

"The Mexican leader's meeting with the Dalai Lama went against the commitments of the Mexican side," he said, urging the country to take concrete actions to eliminate the negative impact of the issue and maintain the healthy development of China-Mexico relations.


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PD User at 2011-11-27203.121.16.*
Message to China government: STFU. You are no one to tell another country who they should or should not meet..NON OF YOUR BUSINESS. Mexico is not under your rule, so stay away.
PD User at 2011-09-1598.112.167.* Mexican Leader, it"s economic is not even near Ok. It"s political system all corrupted, Mexican drug cartel is running the country, Mexican leader is just as bad as US politician or drug dealer.
Sam Teng at 2011-09-13175.139.83.*
The Mexican leader should be more sensitive to the feelings of the government and Chinese people. The Dalai Lama is a religious politician and should be treated as any other politicians. Will it be acceptable to the Mexican leader if other politicians are friendly to the drug lords in Mexico to further their aims?
PD User at 2011-09-1367.230.156.*
Everyone expect China to show aggressive behavior, yet they provoke without even noticing.Foreigners tend to overlook that, and obviously how minorities have gained beyond what Hans can get in many places.
Observer at 2011-09-1266.58.203.*
What do you mean zero comments. I commented. Maybe you should show "comments we liked" and "comments we didn"t like not just "0" comments.

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