China foreign minister calls John Kerry, asks US not to interfere with Tibet
Wang and Kerry also discussed the success of the recently concluded bilateral Strategic and Economic Dialogue (SED) in Beijing. In photo: US secretary of state John Kerry (R) talks with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi on September 18, 2013. Photograph: (Getty)
According to an account of the call posted on the Chinese foreign ministry website, Kerry reaffirmed that there was no change in the US policy that Tibet is a part of China and that the US does not support Tibetan independence.
The phone call follows on from President Barack Obama's meeting with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, last week at the White House despite China warning it would damage diplomatic relations.
China views the Dalai Lama as a dangerous separatist. The meeting came at a time of already heightened tensions between the US and China over Beijing's pursuit of territorial claims in East Asia.
On the call, Wang and Kerry also discussed the success of the recently concluded bilateral Strategic and Economic Dialogue (SED) in Beijing, according to the foreign ministry posting, which did not give specifics.