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:

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 White House.

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

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 and damages Sino-U.S. relations,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said in a statement released in the early hours of Sunday.

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