Chinese government appreciated the move taken by Russia to
reject issuing a visa to the Dalai Lama, Chinese Foreign
Ministry spokesman Kong Quan said here Thursday.
Kong said that in the joint
communique issued after the regular meeting of prime
ministers between China and Russia, certain articles
mentioned the Tibet issue.
communique says that "the two sides will continue to
firmly support the other for maintaining state unity,
sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Russian side
reiterates its stance on the Taiwan and Tibet issues."
In a statement from the
Russian Foreign Ministry Tuesday, Russia rejected a visa
application from the Dalai Lama to visit Russia's republic
the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of
other countries and being aware of the sensitivity of the
Tibet issue, we would not allow a visit by the Dalai Lama to
Kalmykia at the invitation of a top official," the
said Russia considers Tibet an inalienable part of China and
that it refrains from any official contact with the Dalai
Russia last rejected a
visa to the Dalai Lama in August 2002.