China Slams U.S. “Interference” after Obama Meets Dalai Lama

The Chinese government has condemned President Obama’s meeting with the Dalai Lama, which was held despite China’s protests. From Reuters:

China accused the on Sunday of “grossly” interfering in its internal affairs and seriously damaging relations after President Barack Obama met exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai at the .

Obama met the Nobel Prize laureate for 45 minutes, praising him for embracing non- while reiterating that the United States did not support independence for .

China, which accuses the Dalai Lama of being a separatist who supports the use of violence to set up an independent Tibet, reacted swiftly, saying Obama’s meeting had had a “baneful” impact, and summoning a senior U.S. diplomat in Beijing.

“This action is a gross interference in China’s internal affairs, hurts the feelings of the Chinese people and damages Sino-,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said in a statement released in the early hours of Sunday.

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