A former Chinese foreign minister on Wednesday dismissed suggestions of China holding talks with the Dalai Lama to resolve the long-pending Tibet issue, accusing the spiritual leader of trying to split his homeland.
“Your friend Dalai Lama is not head of a country. He is only a political monk trying to divide his own motherland,” Li Zhaoxing, who was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2003-2007, told a questioner at the Raisina Dialogue.
The minister was asked why China was reluctant to talk to the Dalai Lama to resolve the Tibet issue. Tibet had become part of China many centuries ago, he said, adding “you should understand that for a country, sovereignty is above everything.”
Talks between the Dalai Lama’s representatives and Chinese officials, stalled since 2010, have not resumed even after the Nobel laureate said he regarded Tibet as part of China.
Asked why China blocks India’s attempts at the UN to ban Pakistan terrorists, he said, “ We hope you will become a good friend of Pakistan and Pakistan will become mutual friend of both China and India,” he said.