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18 October, 2007

China reacts (badly) to Dalai Lama US Congressional Medal

Spotted today on the Voice of America web site, this article discusses the Chinese reaction to the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal bestowed upon the Dalai Lama yesterday.

China says the United States has "gravely undermined" relations between the two countries by awarding Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, with its highest civilian medal.

Foreign ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao told reporters Thursday, that the United States needs to take concrete steps to make amends for what he called the "terrible impact" of its actions.

"As to how to handle the Dalai Lama and Tibet issues, Chinese people are very clear about what to do and do not need to be lectured by other countries" - Liu Jianchao.

The ministry also summoned Washington's ambassador in Beijing to deliver a strong protest over the ceremony.

Read the entire article on the VOA web site
• Related: "China summons US ambassador to protest over Dalai Lama" (extended article) AFP web site
• Related: "China: Dalai Lama Award Undermines Ties" (Associated Press, US, with photos)
• Related: "US told it must make up for 'hurt' over Dalai Lama" (, Australia)

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