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China opposes meeting of Dalai Lama, Fini

Nov. 19, 2009 at 4:22 PM
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BEIJING, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- The Chinese government said Thursday is disapproves of the recent meeting between the Dalai Lama and Italian Chamber of Deputies speaker Gianfranco Fini.

China's official state-run Xinhua news agency said in the wake of Wednesday's meeting between Fini and the Tibetan spiritual leader, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said his country was greatly dissatisfied regarding the talks.

Qin said in a news release China opposes any foreign dignitaries meeting with the Dalai Lama to discuss the Tibetan leader's separatist activities.

"We demand the Italian side respect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and do more that is conducive to bilateral relations," Qin said.

Xinhua said Wednesday's meeting in Rome came as the Dalai Lama was in the Italian capital for the fifth World Parliamentarians Convention on Tibet.

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