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China reiterates opposition to Dalai Lama

November 26, 2008

November 25, 2008

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Tuesday reiterated its opposition to
what it says are the "splittist" activities of Tibet's spiritual
leader the Dalai Lama in its first reaction to a meeting of Tibetan
exiles last week. "China's position is consistent and clear. We
oppose the Dalai getting involved in activities overseas to split
China, and we oppose any foreign leaders having any contact with the
Dalai," Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a news conference.

Over the weekend, Tibetan exiles decided to stick to the Dalai Lama's
"Middle Way" approach to China, abandoning the dream of an
independent Tibet in favor of seeking greater autonomy within China
through dialogue.

"We have talked about this issue many times in the past," Qin said,
referring to the exiles' meeting, and without elaborating.

China has already rejected the Dalai Lama's demands for greater
autonomy as being part of a covert plot for independence.

Chinese troops marched into Tibet in 1950 and the Dalai Lama fled the
mountainous region in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Nick Macfie)
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