China Asks US to Shun Dalai Lama
China asks US to shun Dalai Lama
September 1, 2003
China has urged the United States not to allow the Dalai Lama, Tibet's
exiled spiritual leader, into the US to meet President George Bush this
In Washington, State Department deputy spokesman Philip Reeker said the
Dalai Lama, who met Mr Bush on his last visit in 2001, would meet
"appropriate US officials in his capacity as a religious leader".
"We have already made representations to the US on this and urged the
American Government to strictly abide by its recognition of Tibet as a
part of China," China's Foreign Ministry said in a statement last week.
It said China had requested that the United States "pledge not to
support Tibet independence and not allow the Dalai to go to America to
engage in activities to split China".
Representatives of the Dalai Lama, who fled Tibet for India in 1959
after a failed uprising against Chinese rule, said he would visit New
York, Washington and two other cities during the three-week trip. He
would also meet congressional leaders and senior US Administration
The Dalai Lama seeks autonomy for Tibet, not separation from China. Yet
his foreign visits invariably anger Beijing.
The Nobel prize-winner has previously visited the United States, where
the suppression of Tibetan nationalism by Beijing has made the fate of
Tibet a deeply emotive issue among all parties.
In May 2001, Mr Bush went further than previous presidents and hosted a
30-minute meeting in the White House with the Dalai Lama, during which
the President offered his strong support to the exiled Tibetan leader.
The meeting annoyed China, which accused the US of encouraging Tibetan
Ties between China and the Dalai Lama have since improved and his envoys
have visited Beijing twice in the past year for talks with officials in
what is seen as an attempt by China to seek a political solution to the
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