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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ma Zhaoxu's Remarks on Obama's Meeting with Dalai in February

2010-02-08

Q: On February 4, in answering questions raised by journalists, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs responded that Dalai would visit the White House later this month to meet with President Obama. How do you comment on that?

A: China has expressed strong dissatisfaction to the remarks and lodged solemn representations to the US.

China is firmly opposed to Dalai's visit to the US and his contact with the US leadership. Our position is consistent and unequivocal. During President Obama's visit to China last November, Chinese leaders elaborated on China's relevant position. Recently, China has repeatedly lodged solemn representations to the US on Dalai's another attempt to visit the US and meet with President Obama.

We urge the US to fully recognize the high sensitivity of Tibet-related issues, take China's stance and concern seriously, do not allow Dalai to visit the US or arrange meeting with the US leadership so as to protect China-US relations from being further undermined.

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