denounces appointment of U.S. special coordinator on Tibet
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[February 24, 2014]
BEIJING (Reuters) — China will never
recognize the United States' appointment of a special coordinator for
Tibetan issues, China's foreign ministry said on Monday, saying it
opposes any foreign intervention in its internal affairs.
President Barack Obama held low-key talks with the Dalai Lama on
Friday, prompting condemnation and warnings from the Chinese
government that the meeting with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader
would damage ties.
Washington urged the Chinese government on Friday to resume dialogue
with the Dalai Lama or his representatives without pre-conditions as
a means to reduce tensions.
To encourage those talks, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on
Friday he had named one of his officials, Sarah Sewall, as a special
coordinator for Tibetan Issues.
"The Chinese government resolutely opposes any foreign country using
the so-called Tibet problem to interfere in China's internal
affairs," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at
a daily news briefing.
"China has never and will never recognize the U.S.' so-called
special envoy for the Tibet problem."
China calls the Dalai Lama, who fled to India after a failed
uprising in 1959, a "wolf in sheep's clothing" who seeks to use
violent methods to establish an independent Tibet.
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The Dalai Lama says he only wants genuine autonomy for Tibet and
denies advocating violence.
Human rights groups say China tramples on the rights of Tibetans and
employs brutal methods to enforce its rule. More than 120 Tibetans
have set themselves on fire since 2009 in protest against China.
Most have died.
Communist Chinese troops took control of Tibet in 1950. China says
it "peacefully liberated" the remote region that it says was mired
in poverty, exploitation and economic stagnation.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; writing by Sui-Lee Wee;
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