China to React at Slovak President Meeting Dalai Lama
China's Foreign Ministry said it would retaliate following the Slovak president's meeting with the Dalai Lama. The Tibetan spiritual leader is currently on a trip to Europe. He is also visiting Czech Republic and Italy.
The President of Slovakia, Andrej Kiska, met Dalai Lama over lunch in a restaurant in the television tower in Bratislavaon Sunday.
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The Dalai Lama's official website carried the picture of them chatting. A similar post was found on the President's Facebook pag as well, where he described the meeting as "a privilege."
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said the Slovak president did not take cognizance of China's "strong opposition" to the meeting. She further noted that the Slovak government is under obligation to uphold "One China" policy and the meeting goes against the spirit of the policy.
The government of China is now looking to make "a corresponding response." However, no further details of any action were provided.
Meanwhile, Slovakia responded to the Foreign Ministry by stating that President Andrej Kiska sat down with the Chinese ambassador, a few days before the said meeting with Dalai Lama. Accordingly, he has already explained he has personal reasons in meeting the spiritual leader.
Amid the reported stuation, the Slovak president was firm in saying about his desire and commitment to his country's cordial relationship with China.
Kiska's communication advisor Roman Krpelan said the president would like to emphasize that the meeting was not meant to challenge Slovakia's stand on One China policy.
China had expressed the same reaction last month when Dalai Lama addressed the European Parliament in France and met its president, Martin Schulz.