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Ministry of Foreign Affairs Commented on the Dalai Lama’s Visit

The Speaker of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ma Zhaoxu, commented on the Dalai Lama’s visit to US: The United States disregarded China’s repeated solemn representations on Dalai’s visit to the White House. President Obama met him in the Map Room on February 18. The move of the US government was severely contrary to the basic norms governing international relations, violated the three Sino-US joint communiqués as well as the principles set in the Sino-US Joint Statement, broke the repeated US promise of recognition of Tibet being part of China and the promise of not supporting Tibetan independence. China is hereby expressing strong dissatisfaction and opposition. China demands the United States take the Chinese position seriously and take immediate action to eliminate the pernicious impact. The United States should stop conniving with the Tibetan anti-China splitters, stop interfering in China’s internal affairs and take concrete steps to maintain the healthy development of the Sino-US relationship.

Source: Xinhua, February 19, 2010