China opposes any foreign official's contact with Dalai Lama

Dong Zhaohui

BEIJING, July 14 (Xinhua) -- China firmly opposes the Dalai Lama's anti-China separatist activities and opposes him meeting with officials of any country, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Friday.

Media reported that the Dalai Lama will visit Botswana and meet with its president next month. In response, Geng Shuang told a daily news briefing that China opposes any foreign official's contact with the Dalai Lama in any form.

The Dalai Lama is a political exile who has long engaged in anti-China separatist activities under the guise of religion, he said.

"We hope the country will clearly recognize the nature of the Dalai Lama, earnestly respect China's core concerns, and make the correct decision on this issue," Geng said.



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