China's top legislature opposes U.S. lawmakers' meeting with Dalai Lama
September 03,2014   By:Xinhua

BEIJING, March 7, 2014 -- China's National People's Congress (NPC), the country's top legislative body, on Friday voiced strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition after some U.S. lawmakers met with the Dalai Lama in Washington one day earlier.

"The meeting went against the United States' commitment that it does not support 'Tibet independence' and constituted a severe interference into China's internal affairs," said a statement issued by the NPC's Foreign Affairs Committee.

Tibet has been an inseparable part of the Chinese territory since ancient times and the Tibetan people are always important members of the family of the multi-ethnic Chinese nation, said the statement.

Recalling the history of Tibet, the statement said some one million serfs were not liberated until 1959, when the feudal serfdom was abolished through democratic reform.

Prior to that, Tibet was a society of feudal serfdom under theocratic rule, a society characterized by a combination of political and religious powers.

In March of 1959, a group of high-ranking feudal serf owners in Tibet started an armed rebellion in an attempt to preserve the feudal serfdom. After they failed, the Dalai Lama and his followers escaped overseas and started their secessionist agenda.

Since then, a new chapter for Tibet's development has come, said the statement.

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