China strongly opposes all forms of support from any country or any individual for the Dalai Lama’s separatist activities, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said at a regular press briefing on Monday.

“The Dalai Lama is merely a political exile who has long been engaged in activities to split China under the disguise of religion,” Hong Lei said in response to a question regarding the Dalai Lama’s 10-day trip to Japan, which started on Sunday.

The Dalai Lama’s international activities aim at colluding with international anti-China separatist forces to undermine relations between China and other countries so as to split the nation, according to the spokesman.

China has lodged a solemn representation to Japan, Hong added.

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