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China denounces Slovakian president's meeting with Dalai Lama

(People's Daily Online)    11:15, October 18, 2016

China recently addressed its firm opposition of the choice of Slovakian President Andrej Kiska to meet with the visiting Dalai Lama.

China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Oct. 17 that China is opposed to officials from any country engaging with the Dalai Lama in any form, as he has long been engaged in anti-China separatist activities, conspiring to sever Tibet from China.

China said the actions of Kiska were in violation of the "One China" policy that Slovakia pledged to uphold, according to Hua Chunying, spokesperson of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at a press conference.

A post on Kiska's Facebook page on Oct. 16 included pictures of the meeting, as well as a note from the president describing it as a "privilege," Reuters reported.

"The Slovakian president undermined China’s core interests and sabotaged the political foundation for China-Slovakia relations," said Hua.

China urges the Slovakian side to see through the anti-China separatist nature of the Dalai clan, to respect China’s core interests, to hold fast to the One China policy, and to take effective measures to prevent fallout from this damaging act so that China-Slovakia relations can resume sound, steady development.

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