China protests Danish meetings with Dalai Lama

May 30th, 2009 - 8:58 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, May 30 (Xinhua) China Saturday protested over Danish government officials’ meeting with the Dalai Lama, saying it “severely damaged the country’s core interest”.
“China is strongly dissatisfied with and protests over the meetings with the Dalai Lama by Danish officials,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in a statement.

Qin’s comments came a day after Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen and Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller met the Tibetan spiritual leader in Copenhagen.

“Disregarding China’s solemn representations, they insisted on meeting with the Dalai Lama, who was campaigning secessionist activities, and that meetings severely harmed China’s core interest and China-Denmark relations, and destructed friendly cooperation between China and Denmark,” Qin said.

China has accused the Dalai Lama of wanting to establish an independent Tibet, and has warned foreign governments not to meet with the spiritual leader.

The spokesman said China urged Denmark to respect the country’s solemn position and concern, and observe the one-China policy.

“Denmark should take concrete actions to correct its wrongdoings on Tibet-related issues, eliminate the negative impacts and make efforts for the healthy and steady development of China-Denmark relations,” Qin said.

The Dalai Lama, who lives in India, will travel to France and Poland in coming weeks.

Relations between China and France soured last year after a meeting between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and the Tibetan leader.

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