China urges Botswana to respect China’s interests after African nation allows Dalai Lama to visit

China has urged Botswana to respect China’s core interests and make correct decisions on Tibetan issues, after the African country said it will allow the Dalai Lama to visit next month.

“Tibetan issues are related to China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang told reporters at a regular press conference on Wednesday.

AFP reported that Botswana confirmed it would allow the Dalai Lama to visit next month as “a foreign dignitary.”

Botswana expects China to “respect our sovereign decision on this matter,” Botswana Foreign Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi told lawmakers on Tuesday, because “the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries is at the core of China’s foreign policy,” AFP reported.

Lu responded on Wednesday, saying “China doesn’t interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, but it shouldn’t tolerate other countries which do things that harm China’s core interests.”

By: Global Times

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