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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Remarks on Dalai's Participation in Relevant Activity at US Invitation

2016-03-12

Q: At the invitation of the US, the 14th Dalai Lama joined some other Nobel Peace Prize laureates in a Geneva human rights conference co-sponsored by missions of the US and Canada in Geneva. The conference was moderated by UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore. What is China's comment on that?

A: In disregard of China's firm opposition, the US invited the 14th Dalai Lama to the activity. In breach of resolutions of the UN General Assembly, relevant UN agency arranged for the appearance of the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights at the activity as a moderator. The Chinese side is strongly dissatisfied with that and has lodged solemn representations with relevant parties.

The 14th Dalai Lama is not a purely religious figure, but a political exile who has long engaged in anti-China separatist activities. He was the biggest serf owner in old Tibet, and is in no position at all to talk about human rights. The Chinese side is firmly opposed to Dalai's visits in any name or capacity to any country, and any foreign officials' contact with him in any form.

The Chinese side urges relevant countries to honor their commitment on Tibet-related issues, stop interfering in China's domestic affairs by making use of Tibet-related issues, and take concrete actions to ensure the sound development of bilateral relations. We also urge relevant UN agency to observe the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and respect and support its member state's efforts to safeguard sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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