The Dalai Lama speaks in 2011 at the Newark Peace Education Summit in Newark, N.J., where Nobel laureates compared different visions of nonviolence and reconciliation. Photo by Robert Sciarrino/The Star-Ledger.

UPDATE: China tells U.S. it's against Obama meeting with Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama speaks in 2011 at the Newark Peace Education Summit in Newark, N.J., where Nobel laureates compared different visions of nonviolence and reconciliation. Photo by Robert Sciarrino/The Star-Ledger.

The Dalai Lama speaks in 2011 at the Newark Peace Education Summit in Newark, N.J., where Nobel laureates compared different visions of nonviolence and reconciliation. Photo by Robert Sciarrino/The Star-Ledger.

BEIJING (RNS) China warned the United States on Monday (Feb. 2)  that it was opposed to any country meeting the Dalai Lama "in any manner" after the White House said U.S. President Barack Obama would attend an event with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader whom Beijing brands a separatist.

The White House said last week that Obama would deliver remarks at a Feb. 5 prayer breakfast in Washington about the importance of religious freedom. The Dalai Lama is due to attend.

"China is opposed to any nation or government using the Tibet issue to interfere in China's domestic affairs, and opposed to any country's leader meeting with the Dalai Lama in any manner," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a daily news briefing.

"China hopes the U.S. side abides by its promises on the Tibet issue, and proceeds to appropriately handle the issue on the basis of the overall condition of bilateral relations."

The White House, which said Obama had a "great relationship" with the Dalai Lama, did not announce any specific meeting between the two.

Obama held his third meeting with the Dalai Lama in Washington last February, infuriating Beijing, which denounces the monk as a dangerous "splittist" seeking to establish an independent Tibet.

China is usually riled by politicians meeting the Dalai Lama. In 2012, British Prime Minister David Cameron had to put his trip to China on hold after Beijing took offense at him holding a meeting in London with the Dalai Lama.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner, who fled to India after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959, says he simply wants autonomy for Tibet and denies espousing violence.

(Reporting by Michael Martina; Writing by Sui-Lee Wee; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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Comments

  1. No one will be telling the truth as these “leaders” play public relations image games hiding deep political divides between spiritual and materialists. I pity both Tibetan Buddhists and Chinese Han Communists being herded into Tibet to overpopulate the local Tibetans. The Buddhists are too far behind times with their feudal religious aristocracy which the Communists kinda rightly criticize as it does stifle individual development, people locked into their social and economic roles for life with no means of effecting social change in a traditional religious benign dictatorship. But what the Commies don’t understand is that Tibet is high altitude land and it does something to people’s spirituality which is why the Tibetans are the way they are. Han Chinese won’t handle that climate effect on their spirituality only armed with Communist materialism. You wait and see. The Chinese themselves eventually will restore order by giving Tibetans back their rightful land. Chinese Communists are just greedy pigs who trample the human rights of anyone they think is in their land without their permission to think and move independently. Buddhism doesn’t have the smarts to deal with Communists and Communists don’t have the spirit to deal with Tibetans, both ideologies must change for Tibetans to be really free people.

  2. Xi Xinping ought to hire you as his new PR guy. You obviously have some affinity for the idea that the Chinese will just do the right thing and return independence to the Tibetan people, but I have to tell you I think that is delusional.

  3. Of course China is against the President of the United States meeting with the Dalai Lama since it would contradict their usurpation of the territory of Tibet. I’ll wager that Obama will cave. The last time he saw the Dalai Lama the man left by a side/back door next to the garbage.

  4. Eric, Chinese Communism is a dead man walking, it lost its intellectual head with the fall of the Soviet Union and is only holding on by brute force. Once the Communist leadership is done away with, human rights advocates in China will disallow the brutal Communist Han Chinese forced takeover of Tibet as by then human rights will be a high priority in all nations sick and tired of the old Cold War and these modern religious wars. That is my prophesy for the future. Hope I’m right would be my counsel.

  5. Actually, I do hope you prove to be a prophet.

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