Beijing, June 15: Chi has lodged diplomatic representations with the US over a planned meeting between President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama at the White House, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Wednesday.
Obama and the Dalai Lama will meet privately in the Map Room at 10.15 a.m. (local time) on Wednesday, Xinhua reported.
“The Chinese Foreign Ministry has already made a representation to the US embassy in Chi,” spokesman Lu Kang said. “Chi firmly opposes the meeting.”
If the US goes through with such a meeting, it will send the wrong sigl to Tibet separatist forces and harm Chi-US mutual trust and cooperation, Lu said.
“Tibet affairs are Chi’s domestic affairs and no foreign country has the right to interfere,” he said.
Lu said the 14th Dalai Lama is not a purely religious figure, but a political exile who has long engaged in anti-Chi separatist activities under the guise of religion.
Chi demands the US side keep its commitment of recognising that Tibet is an interl part of Chi, and not support “Tibet-independence”, or separatist forces, he said.
Any attempt to harm Chi’s stability by using issues related to Tibet will not succeed, Lu said. (IANS)