China hits out at European Parliament over Dalai Lama meeting

 
 

China has hit out at the European Parliament for ignoring its "strong opposition" after President Martin Schulz met with the Dalai Lama on September 14.

Considered a separatist by Beijing, the Tibetan spiritual leader travelled to Strasbourg last week, where he also met with the Chairman for the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs Elmar Brok, according to China News Service.

"China is firmly opposed to the wrongdoing of the European Parliament, and cannot be expected to remain indifferent," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang on September 19.

"China-EU relations have embarked on a new phase of rapid development. It is hoped that the EU side can correct their wrong doing."

The Guardian reports that the visit went against previous commitments by the European Union on the issue of Tibet.

The incident marks the second time in a week that China has issued a statement on the Dalai Lama, after it warned Taiwan against allowing the 81-year-old to visit following an invitation from legislator Freddy Lim.





 

 
 
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