China Warns Obama not to Meet Dalai Lama

Already upset over the the Obama administration’s planned arms sale to Taiwan, Beijing has warned President Obama against meeting with the Tibetan spiritual leader as planned. From the BBC:

Mr Zhu [Zhu Weiqun, executive vice minister of the United Front Work Department (UFWD) of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee] talked at length about China’s view on a possible meeting between Mr Obama and the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize winner.

He said: “It will seriously undermine the foundations of Sino-US political relations.”

Mr Zhu, of the Chinese Communist Party’s United Front Work Department, said China would retaliate.

“If [the meeting] does happen we will take corresponding action to make relevant countries see their mistakes,” he said.

Recent talks in Beijing between the ’s representatives and government officials “yielded little progress,” the BBC reports.

See also a Xinhua report on Zhu’s statement.

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