China says US should stop using Dalai Lama to stir trouble
China�s warning comes after the new US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that he will commit to encourage dialogue between encourage talks between Beijing and the Dalai Lama.
Warning the US administration of "endless trouble and burden,” China asked the US to stop using the Dalai Lama to create trouble, state media reported.
Zhu Weiqun, a senior Chinese official in charge of Tibet affairs, said such a move bring no benefit to the U.S. but damage Sino-U.S. ties, Reuters reported.
The Global Times cited Zhu saying that it's impossible for the Beijing to have a dialogue with the illegal group that is aiming to split China.
China’s warning comes after the new US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that he will be committed to encourage dialogue between Beijing and the Dalai Lama.
"The US government had used the Dalai Lama to create problems for China's unity and stability, which has brought no benefit to Washington while it caused damage to Sino-US relations," the Chinese official was quoted by PTI as saying.
Zhu also added that China will not change its policy to support the development of the Tibetan society.
China regards the Dalai Lama as a separatist and the political head of the Tibetan government is in exile in India.
Earlier, China had expressed strong opposition to India inviting exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to meet with President Pranab Mukherjee, stating that India has ignored its reservations.
“China strongly opposes any contacts between the Dalai Lama and officials of any countries. China has urged India to clearly recognize the Dalai Lama’s anti-Chinese and separatist nature, to respect China’s core interests and concerns, to take effective measures to eliminate the negative influences of the incident, and to avoid disturbing China-India ties,” earlier said Geng Shuang, spokesperson of Chinese Foreign Ministry.