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Published:April 23rd, 2008 15:47 EST
China says No to  Honorary Citizenship for Dalai Lama

China says No to Honorary Citizenship for Dalai Lama

By SOP newswire2


China on Tuesday expressed its strong discontent and resolute opposition to Paris city council awarding the Dalai Lama honorary citizenship of the city.

"This act grossly interferes in China`s internal affairs and severely infringes on Sino-French relations, as well as the existing friendly relations between Beijing and Paris in particular," said Jiang Yu, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, at a press conference.

Paris city council voted on Monday to award honorary citizenship to the Dalai Lama, a proposal tabled by Mayor Bertrand Delanoe.

Jiang said Tibet is an inalienable part of China, and a purely internal Chinese affair.

"China is strongly against any nation or individual using the Dalai Lama issue to interfere in China`s internal affairs," she said.

She added that the Dalai Lama`s wordings and actions over the past decades demonstrated he is not really a religious figure, but a political exile engaged in the separatist activities under the disguise of the religion.

The Dalai clique is the organizer, plotter and instigator of the March 14 violence in Lhasa and other areas of the country, she said.

Recently, Jiang said, some French people and media, regardless of the reality, have continued to make negative reports and remarks about China. She also said the Olympic torch being attacked in Paris seriously hurt the feeling of the Chinese people and impaired Sino-French relations.

"The Paris city council`s awarding at present will be taken as another severe provocation to 1.3 billion Chinese people including Tibetans, and will further encourage the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan secessionists," she said.

China urged France to take effective measures to get rid of the bad impact, to stop conniving and supporting the "Tibet independence" secessionist act, to halt interfering in China`s internal affairs so as to safeguard Sino-French relations through actions, she said.


China calls for joint efforts with France to promote bilateral ties

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman on Tuesday called for joint efforts by China and France to push for the stable and healthy growth of bilateral relations.

Spokeswoman Jiang Yu told a press conference that to cement and advance the Sino-French relations accords with the fundamental interests of the two nations and the two peoples, and the two sides should continue considering bilateral relations from a strategic and long-term point of view.

China: Dobriansky`s meeting with Dalai Lama, remarks extremely wrong, irresponsible

China on Tuesday said U.S. Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs Paula J. Dobriansky`s weekend meeting with the Dalai Lama and her relevant remarks were extremely wrong and irresponsible, and was interference into China`s domestic affairs.

"The under secretary insisted to meet with the Dalai Lama regardless of China`s firm opposition, and make irresponsible remarks on the Tibet affairs, which is entirely China`s internal affairs," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu said.