Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao on Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s meeting with the Dalai Lama [Reuters]:
“It’s gross interference in China’s internal affairs. The Chinese side expresses its strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition… This disgusting conduct has seriously hurt the feelings of the Chinese people and undermined Sino-Canadian relations… The Chinese side demands the Canadian side … correct its mistaken conduct, immediately adopt effective measures to eliminate adverse impact (from the meeting) and stop winking at or supporting anti-Chinese activities by Tibetan forces.”
The Dalai Lama quotes Mao [The Canadian Press]:
The Dalai Lama pointed out that modern-day China is ruled by a one-party system and said the father of Chinese communism, Mao Zedong, insisted on criticism from both inside and outside the Communist Party. He called Chairman Mao’s philosophy “very wise” but added that domestic criticism of the Chinese regime has been “wiped out.
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