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"Canada can, within a positive friendly atmosphere, ask the Chinese government to resolve the Tibetan situation."

China urges U.S. to respect its stance on Tibet

November 13, 2009 (People's Republic of China)
November 12, 2009

BEIJING, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- China on Thursday
urged the United States to respect its core interests concerning Tibet.

"China is firmly opposed to the Dalai Lama's acts
in international arena and opposed to any contact
between the Dalai Lama and leading officials of
foreign governments in whatever name or
capacity," Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a regular briefing.

"Our position is consistent and clear," Qin said
when asked to comment on a possible meeting
between the Dalai Lama and U.S. President Barack Obama.

Qin characterized the Dalai Lama as "the
ringleader of feudal serf system," saying his
acts separated the motherland and breached the
country's unity and territorial integrity.

Under the Dalai Lama's rule, Tibet had practised
the feudal serf system before the Chinese
government dissolved the aristocratic local
government of Tibet and freed more than 1 million serfs in 1959.

"The abolishment of the serf system in Tibet is
as significant as the end of the slavery in the United States," Qin said.

As President Obama said he was appreciative to
President Abraham Lincoln, who presided over the
Civil War and signed the Emancipation
Proclamation, Qin said he believed Obama could
understand China's stance of opposing Tibet
independence and the Dalai Lama's attempts to split the country.

Qin said the U.S. government should listen to the voice of Chinese public.

"More than 90 percent Chinese interviewees
opposed Obama's meeting with Dalai," the
spokesman said, citing a poll by a Chinese website.

"We call for the United States to respect China's
territorial integrity and national unity, which
is our core interests and major concern," Qin said.

Qin's comments came days ahead of Obama's first
state visit to China from Nov. 15 to 18, which
included stops in Shanghai and Beijing.

"Apart from political meetings, Obama will have
opportunities to interact with Chinese public
during his stay in Shanghai, which are being finalized," Qin said.
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