• The Dalai Lama was invited to attend a human rights function with the United Nations.

The Dalai Lama was invited to attend a human rights function with the United Nations. (Photo : Getty Images)

The Chinese government expressed its "strong dissatisfaction" and diplomatic discontent on Friday after the Dalai Lama was invited to attend a function that is affiliated with an ongoing United Nations human rights meeting, as reported by the Global Times.

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According to reports, the United States and Canada jointly co-sponsored a conference that centered on winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. This is aimed to complement the 31st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

The conference, which is chaired by the United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore, had the Dalai Lama as one of those invited to attend.

Despite firm opposition from China, the United States, as well as other supporters, insisted on inviting the Dalai Lama. The Chinese government also claimed that the relevant department of the United Nations also violated its own resolution and allowed the deputy high commissioner to chair the activity.

"We have lodged solemn representations to relevant parties," said Hong Lei, the spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry of China.

Hong stressed the stance of the Chinese government that the Dalai Lama is a political exile who has actively engaged in undertakings to divide China, instead of being a simple religious individual. He said that the Dalai Lama, who is the biggest serf owner in old Tibet, should not be considered entitled to talk about human rights.

Hong said that his country firmly opposed the Dalai Lama visiting any country using any identity or going by any name. China is also opposed to any official from any country communicating in any form or having any contact with the Dalai Lama.

The spokesperson told the countries involved to follow their commitment regarding the issue of Tibet, cease using the issue to become involved with China's domestic affairs, and maintain the progressive development of bilateral relations with concrete actions.

Lastly, Hong demanded that the relevant department of the United Nations follow its purpose and principles according to the United Nations Charter. He also asked them to respect and support the efforts that United Nations member states have made to safeguard their sovereignty and territorial integrity.