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China lodges protest over Dalai Lama's Japan visit

[ 2012-11-06 10:55] 来源:中国日报网     字号 [] [] []  
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Beijing has lodged an official protest with Tokyo over the Dalai Lama's trip to Japan, which comes amid tense relations between the two nations over the Diaoyu Islands dispute.

The protest comes as China confirmed that representatives of the two sides held talks in Beijing on Sunday and Monday over the dispute.

"The Dalai Lama, under the disguise of religion, is a political exile who has long been engaged in activities to split China," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in response to a question regarding the Dalai Lama's 10-day trip to Japan, which began on Sunday.

Hong told a daily news conference that China has lodged a "solemn representation" to Japan and strongly opposes all forms of support from any country or individual for the Dalai Lama's separatist activities.

Hong warned that the Dalai Lama's international activities are aimed at colluding with "international anti-China separatist forces to sabotage relations between China and other countries so as to split the nation".

Hong also confirmed that Luo Zhaohui, director-general of the Chinese Foreign Ministry's Asian Affairs Department, held talks in Beijing on Sunday and Monday with Shinsuke Sugiyama, head of the Japanese foreign ministry's Asian and Oceanian affairs bureau.

Luo expressed China's readiness for a diplomatic resolution to the territorial dispute through negotiations, but said China will "never take a step back" on territorial issues, "over which the Japanese side should have a clear view".


1. Which group of islands is the center of the dispute between China and Japan?

2. How long is the Dalai Lama’s palnned trip to Japan?

3. On which day did the Dalai Lama begin his trip in Japan?


1. The Diaoyu Islands.

2. 10 days.

3. Sunday.

(中国日报网英语点津 Helen 编辑)

China lodges protest over Dalai Lama's Japan visit

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China lodges protest over Dalai Lama's Japan visit

CJ Henderson is a foreign expert for China Daily's online culture department. CJ is a graduate of the University of Sydney where she completed a Bachelors degree in Media and Communications, Government and International Relations, and American Studies. CJ has four years of experience working across media platforms, including work for 21st Century Newspapers in Beijing, and a variety of media in Australia and the US.