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Friday, February 6, 2015, 15:55

China against nations receiving Dalai Lama

By Agencies

BEIJING - China's Foreign Ministry said on Friday it was opposed to foreign countries receiving the Dalai Lama, after US President Barack Obama warmly acknowledged the Buddhist religious leader, but did not meet him directly, at a prayer event in Washington.

Ministry spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks in a daily briefing, adding that China was against other countries interfering in its internal affairs.

"The Dalai Lama is seeking foreign support to realize his political ambition, which would never succeed," Hong added.

Obama and the Dalai Lama were at an annual prayer breakfast in Washington on Thursday.

"The Dalai Lama is a political exile who has been engaged in secessionist activities under the cloak of religion," Hong added.

Hong expressed the hope that the US would keep to its commitment on Tibet-related issues and handle the matter in the interest of bilateral relations.

"Tibet-related issues concern China's core interests and our national sentiment," Hong said on Monday. "We firmly oppose any country using Tibet-related issues to interfere in China's domestic affairs. We resolutely oppose any country's leaders meeting the Dalai Lama in any form."

The National Prayer Breakfast, founded in 1953, is held annually in Washington, DC, on the first Thursday of February. Every US president since Dwight D. Eisenhower has participated in the event.  

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