U.S. diplomat summoned by China
- China expressed its “strong indignation” on the meeting between President Obama and expelled Dalai Lama who is considered to be anti-china activist.
- China’s anger was less vocal when the meeting of U.S president and Dalai Lama was rescheduled away from the cameras, the second meet was on trade issues with North Korea seeking Chinese cooperation and giving less importance on the issues related to Tibet.
- Chinese Vice Foreign Minister summoned the deputy chief of mission of the U.S and lodged “solemn representations”. He also mentioned that the meeting “seriously undermined” relations and “violated the U.S. commitment of not supporting Tibet independence.” Tibetan issue was “the domestic affair of China” and the U.S. “bears no right to interfere.”
- Obama emphasized that the U.S. did not support Tibetan independence, but encouraged his support for Tibet’s religious, cultural and linguistic identity ensuring Tibetans’ human rights. He mentioned that the Dalai Lama has a genuine autonomy for Tibetans, and not independence, in his “middle way” approach.
- USA China relations
- Tibet autonomy
- Dalai Lama