China has erupted over the meeting of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken with the representative of Tibetan Buddhist religious leader Dalai Lama during his visit to India. Beijing said it violated America's commitment to recognize Tibet as part of China and not support Tibet's independence.
Blinken met Ngodup Dongcheng, a Tibetan government-in-exile official and representative of the Dalai Lama, in New Delhi on Wednesday. During this time, Dongcheng thanked the Joe Biden administration for America's continued support of the Tibet movement.
Apart from this, Blinken also met Geshe Dorji Damdul, director of Tibet House in Delhi. It was the first time since US President Barack Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama in 2016 that a US government minister had met a person associated with Tibet's government-in-exile.
China has adopted a strict attitude regarding this meeting. He has said that this act of America is like interfering in our internal affairs.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said that the Tibet issue is entirely China's internal issue. No foreign interference can be accepted in this.
He said the 14th Dalai Lama is not a religious person but a political exile who has taken refuge in another country. He has been engaged in anti-China activities for a long time and trying to separate Tibet from China.
He said China strongly opposes all contact between foreign officials and the Dalai Lama. He said the meeting of the US minister with any of the Dalai Lama's representatives was against the promise he had made to recognize Tibet as part of China.
He said that we urge the US to honor its commitment and stop interfering in China's internal affairs. He said that China will take all necessary steps to protect its own interests.