China says US award for Dalai Lama has undermined ties

October 19, 2007 03:29

China has warned the United States that its honoring of the Dalai Lama "gravely undermined" relations between the two countries, demanding Washington stop supporting the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader and take steps to repair ties. The Foreign Ministry statement Thursday was the most vociferous yet in weeks of protests against Congress' decision to award the Dalai Lama its highest civilian honor, personally bestowed by President Bush in a ceremony Wednesday. "The move of the United States is a blatant interference with China's internal affairs which has severely hurt the feelings of the Chinese people and gravely undermined the relations between China and the United States," Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao told reporters. In a sign of Beijing's pique, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi also summoned US Ambassador Clark Randt to formally protest the giving of the award.

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