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US Secretary of State raises Tibet issue with China

July 14, 2014

July 11, 2014 - US Secretary of State Mr. John Kerry has raised the issue of Tibet and His Holiness the Dalai Lama during his meeting with Chinese State councillor and Foreign Policy Chief Yang Jiechi in Beijing, on 10 July.

A senior State Department official answering queries during a special press briefing said: “The Secretary and Yang discussed the situation in Xinjiang and the treatment of the Uighur minorities, as well as the situation in Tibet, and China’s policy towards both Tibet and to the Dalai Lama.”

“The Secretary made clear our positions. We certainly recognize Tibet as a part of the PRC, and we reinforced – the Secretary reinforced our view that it is important for China to respect and protect the religious and cultural and the linguistic rights and characteristics of the ethnic minorities, particularly in Tibet and in Xinjiang,” he said.

Secretary John Kerry and US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew  are in Beijing for the annual US-China Strategic Economic Dialogue. Secretary Kerry earlier met President Xi Jinping and various other senior officials of the Chinese government, in an attempt to repair the strained US-China relationship, following allegations of cyberspying and maritime disputes.

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