China gets anger after Dalai Lama speech at the European Parliament
China expressed anger and threatened countermeasures after exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama spoke at the European Parliament in the French city of Strasbourg and met its president, Martin Schulz, Reuters reported on Monday.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the European Parliament and Schultz had ignored China's "strong opposition"
about meeting the Dalai Lama, which ran contrary to the European Union's promises to China on the issue of Tibet."China is resolutely opposed to the mistaken actions of the European Parliament,"
Lu told a daily news briefing, adding that its leaders' insistence on taking an erroneous position had damaged China
."China absolutely cannot remain indifferent, and we will make the correct choice in accordance with our judgment of the situation,"
he added, without elaborating on what China may do.
Last week, Beijing warned Taiwan not to allow the Dalai Lama to visit
, after a high-profile Taiwan legislator invited him to the self-ruled island Beijing claims as its own.
Tibet's spiritual leader told the European Parliament last week he hoped the Tibetan issue would be resolved but urged the outside world and the European Union in particular not to hold back from criticizing Beijing.