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Friday, December 14, 2018, 23:26
China firmly opposes US act on Tibet
By Xinhua
Friday, December 14, 2018, 23:26 By Xinhua

In this Oct 10, 2018 photo, Lu Kang, spokesperson for China's foreign ministry, answers a question during a press briefing in Beijing, China. (PHOTO / IC)

BEIJING – China on Friday expressed firm opposition to a Tibet-related act passed by the US Senate recently, and urged the US authorities not to sign into law.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang made clear the Chinese position on the US Senate's passing of the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act of 2018 this week at a press briefing in Beijing.

The accusations against China in the Act are totally groundless and absolutely unacceptable by the Chinese government and people. 

Lu Kang, spokesperson, Foreign Ministry, China

The Act, now going to the White House for President Donald Trump to sign into law, seeks to promote access to Tibet for US diplomats, journalists, and tourists by denying entry into the United States for Chinese officials deemed responsible for restricting access to Tibet.  

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"The Act interferes in China's domestic affairs with reckless disregard for facts and goes against the basic norms of international relations," said Lu.

"China firmly opposes the Act, and has lodged solemn representations with the US side over it.”

Stressing that Tibet-related affairs belong to China's domestic affairs that no country can interfere in, he said any foreigners who wish to visit Tibet Autonomous Region can apply through normal channels.

A large number of domestic residents and foreigners visit Tibet each year for sightseeing or business, said Lu, adding that nearly 40,000 US citizens, including the minority leader of the US House of Representatives, many senators and other groups, have visited Tibet since 2015.

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"The accusations against China in the Act are totally groundless and absolutely unacceptable by the Chinese government and people," said Lu.

"We urge the US administrative bodies to take immediate measures to stop it being signed into law so as to avoid impairing China-US ties and cooperation in major areas," the spokesperson said.

CHINA-AFRICA COOPERATION

Lu also refuted US National Security Adviser John Bolton's smearing remarks on China-Africa cooperation. 

While rolling out the Trump administration's new Africa strategy Thursday, Bolton used a hostile and competitive tone against countries like Russia and China.

Calling the two countries' commercial cooperation with African nations "predatory practices," Bolton asserted that they "stunt economic growth in Africa, threaten the financial independence of African nations, inhibit opportunities for US investment, interfere with US military operations and pose a significant threat to US national security interests."

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Responding to the allegations, Lu said: "What China cares about is African countries' needs, such as industrialization and agricultural modernization."

"In contrast, it is interesting to see from the remarks of some Americans that, besides its own interests and demands, the US is concerned about China and Russia rather than Africa.”

He recalled that during the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and the General Debate of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, many African leaders articulated their countries' desire for development and appreciation of China's support.

As facilitating Africa's peace and development is the common responsibility of the international community, China has always adopted an open-minded attitude toward Africa-related international cooperation, and believed that all parties' investments in the continent on the basis of respect should be welcome, Lu said.

"Meanwhile, cooperation should be carried out on the premise of Africa's will and needs and without any political strings attached and interference in internal affairs," he added.

The spokesperson reiterated that as mutually-beneficial cooperation moves forward, China will continue to build relations with Africa based on sincerity, affinity and good faith, uphold justice and pursue shared interests.

China and Africa will jointly implement consensus reached by the leaders during the 2018 Beijing Summit of the FOCAC and further advance their comprehensive strategic partnership, Lu added.

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