Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said the meeting “grossly interfered with China’s internal affairs, hurt the feelings of the Chinese people and harmed Chinese-Mexican relations.” “We demand the Mexican side adopt measures to eliminate the bad impact and to safeguard the sound and stable development of Chinese-Mexican relations,” Ma said in a statement. Read more at the Washington Examiner:
China blasted Mexican President Calderon’s 45 minute meeting with the Dalai Lama in the strongest terms. It is not unusual for China to express dismay when foreign leaders meet with the Tibetan Spiritual leader and Nobel Peace Prize recipient. The nature of this rebuke seems to have gone way over the top to the point of interfering with the Mexican President’s right to speak with whomever he wants in his country. The tone was aggressive. Is this a new China? As the nation becomes stronger economically, militarily, and politically will we see more of this?