(ECNS)--The U.S. side should stop interfering in China's internal affairs or undermining the development and stability of the country's Tibet region under the pretext of Tibet-related matters, a foreign ministry spokesperson said Tuesday.
The remarks of FM spokesperson Zhao Lijian ran as follows.
Global Times: The so-called "Tibetan government-in-exile" issued a statement on October 16 saying that Lobsang Sangay, the "Kalon Tripa", met with the U.S. "special coordinator for Tibetan issues" and Assistant Secretary Robert Destro at the U.S. Department of State. I wonder if you have any comment on this?
Zhao Lijian: Xizang's affairs are China's internal affairs that allow no foreign interference. The U.S. appointment of so-called "special coordinator for Tibetan issues" is a political manipulation to interfere in China's domestic affairs and undermine Xizang's development and stability. China firmly opposes it and has never recognized it. We have lodged solemn representations with the U.S. side.
The so-called "Tibetan government-in-exile" is a separatist political organization with the agenda of pursuing "Tibetan independence". It is completely in violation of China's Constitution and laws, and is not recognized by any country. Lobsang Sangay, as head of the organization, is utterly an anti-China separatist. China firmly opposes Lobsang Sangay conducting anti-China separatist activities in whatever capacity, name or country, and we firmly oppose engagement of whatever form between him and officials of any country. Destro's meeting with him seriously breached the U.S. commitment and policy stance of not supporting so-called "Tibetan independence" and not recognizing the so-called "Tibetan government-in-exile", which sent a deeply erroneous signal to the "Tibetan independence" forces.
The U.S. side should stop interfering in China's internal affairs or undermining Xizang's development and stability under the pretext of Xizang-related matters. It shall not in any way support anti-China separatist activities by "Tibetan independence" forces. China will take all necessary measures to safeguard our interests.