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China vents spleen on exile Tibetan leader’s meet with top British lawmaker

Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay with Rt. Hon Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow at the Parliament House, London, 1 November 2016. (Photo courtesy: tibet.net)
Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay with Rt. Hon Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow at the Parliament House, London, 1 November 2016. (Photo courtesy: tibet.net)

(TibetanReview.net, Nov05, 2016) – As expected, China has on Nov 4 expressed strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to a meeting that had taken place at the Westminster between the head of the exile Tibetan administration at Dharamshala, India, Dr Lobsang Sangay, and the Speaker of the British House of Commons, John Bercow. It severely damaged China’s core interests, China’s official Xinhua news agency Nov 4 quoted Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying as saying at a daily press briefing when asked to comment on the Nov 1 meeting.

She has said Lobsang Sangay is a secessionist and the ringleader of the self-proclaimed “Tibetan government in exile,” which, as she has put it, has no legitimacy at all. Hua has called the “so-called Tibetan government in exile” an illegal organization, not recognized by any established government in the world.

Hua has continued, “the Chinese government resolutely opposes secessionist activities by the ringleaders of the Dalai Lama clique in any country, in any capacity and under any name.”

Against Britain, Hua has demanded that it fulfil its “commitments” on Tibet and refrain from interference that damages China-Britain relations.

She has reiterated China’s firm opposition to any contacts between any foreign officials and “the leaders of the clique”.

During his meeting with the Tibetan “prime minister”, Bercow was reported to have expressed strong support for the non-violent and just cause of Tibet. He has also said what a great honour and privilege it was for him to have been able in the past to host the Dalai Lama in the British Parliament.

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