Beijing tells US to Stop meddling in China’s internal affairs as US Special Coordinator for Tibet visits Dharamsala 

US Special Coordinator for Tibetan issues Ms Uzra Zeya with the Dalai Lama and the CTA President Penpa Tsering.  Image: Tenzin Choejor/ OHHDL

DHARAMSALA, 20 May: US Special Coordinator for Tibetan issues Ms Uzra Zeya’s visit to Dharamsala, the exile headquarters of the Tibetan people has evoked sharp criticism from China.

Objecting to the Biden Administration’s point person for Tibetan issues for her meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the exile leadership of the Tibetan people during her two-day visit to Dharamsala, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian has called on the US to abide by the one-China policy and not interfere in “China’s domestic affairs.” 

The Chinese state-run media, Global Times quoted Zhao Lijian as saying on Thursday that “the US must abide by its commitment of recognising Tibet as part of China and not supporting Tibet separatists, and stop using Tibet-related issues to meddle in China’s domestic affairs”.

He has further called the “Tibetan government-in-exile” an out-and-out separatist political group and an illegal organization completely in violation of China’s Constitution and laws and added, “the 14th Dalai Lama is a political exile under the cloak of religion, who has long been engaged in anti-China separatist activities and plots to separate Tibet from China.”

“China will continue to take all necessary measures to firmly safeguard its sovereignty, security and development interests,” he has warned.

The US Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues and the delegation she headed left for Delhi today after concluding their two days visit here. 

The itinerary of her visit included meetings with the Dalai Lama, the exile leadership of the Tibetan people, and Tibetan civil society besides visits to the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile and Tibetan institutes.

The senior diplomat from the Biden administration who was appointed the special coordinator for Tibetan issues in December last year is the seventh US Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues and the fourth to visit Dharamsala. 

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