China on Tuesday expressed its anger at an Italian award for exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and warned of unspecified consequences in relations.
Beijing abruptly cancelled a China-EU summit last year, angry over French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s meeting with the Dalai Lama. The Nobel Peace Prize-winning Dalai Lama, who 50 years fled Tibet after China quashed a Tibetan uprising, was made an honorary citizen of Rome on Monday.
“This seriously hurts the feelings of the Chinese people,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told a regular news briefing. “We express our strong dissatisfaction and opposition.
“We hope Italy pays attention to China’s deep concerns and takes immediate, effective measures to remove the negative impact and maintain the healthy, stable development of bilateral ties,” she added, without saying what steps Italy should take.