China concerned about Dalai Lama's possible US visit
( 2003-08-29 08:10) (Xinhua)
China is seriously concerned about a possible
visit by the Dalai Lama to the United States in September,said Chinese Foreign
Ministry spokesman Kong Quan Thursday.
Kong made the remark at the regular weekly Foreign Ministry press briefing in
answer to a question about the possibility of the Dalai Lama visiting the US and
meeting US President George W. Bush and other US leaders.
China has taken note of the relevant reports and expresses serious concern
over this issue, Kong said, noting that the Dalai Lama is not a purely religious
person, but also a political refugee who has engaged in China-splitting
activities for a long time.
China has lodged representations with the US side on this matter, calling for
the United States to adhere to its promise that it acknowledges Tibet as part of
China and that the US does not support an "independent Tibet," Kong said.
China has also called on the US side not to allow the Dalai Lama to visit the
United States or indulge in China-splitting activities, he