China opposes U.S. gold medal award to Dalai Lama 2007-10-11 18:11:53   Print

    BEIJING, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- China resolutely opposes the U.S. Congress's awarding of a so-called Congressional gold medal to Dalai Lama, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said here Thursday.

    China also firmly opposes any country and any person using the issue of Dalai Lama to interfere with China's internal affairs, Liu said.

    "We have made solemn representations to the United States over this issue," he said.

    The White House said on Wednesday that the U.S. Congress planned to award Dalai Lama the Congressional gold medal on Oct. 17.

    "We hope relevant country could stick to the correct position on Tibet issue and do not use this issue to interfere with China's internal affairs," Liu said.

    "I believe this serves to the mutual interests of a long-term relationship between China and relevant country," he added.

Editor: Yangtze Yan
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