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'Do not provide platform to Dalai Lama'

September 11, 2007

Beijing, Sept 11, 2007 (PTI) China today blasted the Dalai Lama for his constant bid to separate Tibet and urged foreign governments not to provide "a platform for his anti-China political activities in the guise of religion".

"Tibet is a part of Chinese territory since ancient times. Tibetan affairs are China's internal affairs. It is the general consensus in the international community," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Jiang Yu said.

The Dalai Lama's words and actions in the past decades have fully proved that he is by no means a purely religious figure, but a political exile engaged in "motherland-splitting activities under the camouflage of religion for years," she said.

"The Dalai Lama has been taking advantage of the religious activities during his political exile and participating in activities aimed at splitting the motherland", Jiang said when asked to comment on the Tibetan leader's ongoing visit to some European countries, including Portugal.

His activities are not clearly religious activities and he represents a political force working for the independence of Tibet and separating the motherland, she said.

"I hope the relevant countries can recognise and be fully aware of his real intentions and do not facilitate his anti-China activities," Jiang said.

The Dalai Lama's representatives had held talks with Chinese officials on the Tibet issue in July this year. The Tibetan envoys have met the Chinese officials six times since 2002 but no apparent progress has been made on the vexed Tibet issue.

The Dalai Lama has lived in exile in India since fleeing Tibet in 1959 after a failed uprising against Communist rule in his Himalayan homeland. PTI

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