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10 November, 2005

China angered over meeting between President Bush and the Dalai Lama

The online English language version of the CHINAdaily web site ran the following piece today:

China criticized US President George W. Bush yesterday for meeting the Dalai Lama this week, and dismissed Washington's annual report on religious freedom as groundless.

"The Dalai Lama is not a simple or a pure religious figure. He is a political exile who undertakes secessionist activities abroad," Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said at a regular news briefing. "We oppose meetings between him and other leaders."

On Tuesday, the Bush administration, in a report to Congress, labelled China a serious violator of religious freedom along with Myanmar, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Viet Nam, Iran, Sudan, Eritrea and Saudi Arabia.

Read the entire article at the CHINAdaily web site.
UPDATE: Additional reporting on this story availabe at the ScienceDaily web site.

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