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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang's Remarks on US President Obama's Tibet-related Comments When Meeting with the Dalai Lama

Q: When meeting with the Dalai Lama, US President Barack Obama reiterated his support for the preservation of Tibet's unique religious, cultural, and linguistic traditions, the protection of human rights for Tibetans and the Dalai Lama's "Middle Way" approach, stressing that he encourages direct dialogue to resolve long-standing differences. What is your comment?

A: Facts have fully proved that the Dalai Lama is by no means a pure religions figure, but a political exile who has long been engaged in anti-China separatist activities under the cloak of religion. The Dalai Lama, who states that he is not seeking "Tibet independence", has never stopped his anti-China separatist activities though. By touting the so-called "Middle Way" approach and fantasizing about a historically groundless "Greater Tibet" that takes up one quarter of China's territory, the Dalai Lama is essentially pursuing "independence in disguise". This is what the Chinese government and people will under no circumstances accept. The door for contact and talks between the central government and the Dalai Lama remains open. If he truly wants to see progress in this regard, he should conduct a thorough reflection on his words and deeds and stop all activities for separation and sabotage.

The Chinese people are in the best position to judge the situation in Tibet-inhabited areas in China. Earth-shaking changes have taken place in Tibet since the peaceful liberation 60 years ago. Those who were serfs in the old days have already become masters of their own rights. Tibet has scored unprecedented progress in various undertakings. Anyone who holds impartial political views won't deny these basic facts.

What must be pointed out is that Tibet is a sacred and inalienable part of China's territory. Tibet-related affairs fall entirely within the internal affairs of China. The US, who gave green light to the Dalai Lama's visit and arranged his meeting with the US President in disregard of China's opposition, has grossly interfered in China's internal affairs, reneged on its commitment of recognizing Tibet to be a part of China and not supporting "Tibet independence", severely violated basic norms governing international relations and caused grave damage to China-US relations. We urge the US side once again to correct mistakes, cease to connive and support anti-China separatist forces that seek "Tibet independence", stop interfering in China's internal affairs and take steps to remove the adverse impact so as to avoid further damage to China-US relations.

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