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China opposes U.S. lawmakers' meeting with Dalai Lama

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China said on Wednesday that it has expressed firm opposition after a U.S. congressional delegation's visit to the Dalai Lama at his headquarter in India this week.

“The meeting between the US congressional delegation and the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala has sent an awfully wrong signal of supporting ‘Tibet independence’, and violated the US commitment of not supporting ‘Tibet independence’,” said China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang during a routine press briefing in Beijing.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi flew with a bipartisan delegation to the Himalayan hill town where the 81-year-old Buddhist leader is based, seeking to draw world attention to human rights in Tibet, according to Reuters.

The US lawmakers’ visit comes at a time when President Donald Trump wants to warm up relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his support to restrain North Korea's nuclear program.

Foreign officials' meeting with Dalai Mama has always upset China which regards the Dalai Lama as a dangerous separatist.

Geng said the 14th Dalai Lama is a political exile who has long been engaged in anti-China activities aimed at splitting the country under the cloak of religion.  

“We urge relevant congressmen to be prudent in dealing with Tibet-related issues, stop any forms of contact with the Dalai Lama, and take immediate measures to eliminate any negative effects,” Geng added.

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