|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Liu Jianchao's Remarks on the Canadian Prime Minister and the Governor General's meeting with the Dalai Lama|
Q: It is reported that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Governor General Michaëlle Jean had meetings with the Dalai Lama respectively. The Canadian Parliament also held a reception for awarding Dalai the Honorary Canadian Citizenship. What impact will this have on China-Canada relations?
A: China is all along opposed resolutely to any country or any individual trying to interfere with China's internal affairs by taking advantage of the Dalai Lama issue. Tibet is an inalienable part of the Chinese territory. Issues of Tibet are totally internal affairs of China. The words and deeds of the Dalai Lama for the past decades make it evident that he is a political exile bent on engaging in activities aimed at splitting the motherland and devastating national unity under the robe of religion.
Turning a blind eye to China's repeated solemn representations, Canada insisted on permitting Dalai's visit there and arranged meetings with the leaders and other public activities for him, which gravely violated fundamental norms governing international relations and grossly interfered with China's internal affairs. China expresses its strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition. The revolting move by Canada has severely hurt the feelings of the Chinese people and damaged the China-Canada relations.
China urges Canada to reflect on and correct its erroneous actions on the Dalai Issue, take effective measures immediately to undo the damage, cease supporting and conniving at the separatist activities of the Tibet Independence forces and stop interfering with China's internal affairs so as to avoid further damage to the China-Canada relations.