The Dalai Lama's current visit to the United States has brought a number of protests from Chinese officials. The following is one such protest in a letter from Song Youming, China's deputy consul general, to Charles N. Vest, the president of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Vest's reply also appears below.
"It came to our attention that the Dalai Lama is going to attend a symposium . . . at MIT and Harvard University on March 23-24 . . .
"The Chinese government has always held that the Dalai Lama is not only a religious personage, but also an exile who engages in political activities aimed at splitting the motherland.
"Therefore, the Chinese government resolutely opposes his visits to other countries in whatever capacity and under whatever reason to deliver reports distorting Tibet's history and current situation or advocating 'Tibetan independence.' It also opposes any country that takes advantage of the 'Tibet issue' to interfere in China's internal affairs.