China Urges Obama Not to Meet Dalai Lama

Call it an 'excuse' to 'interfere in China's internal affairs
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2010 5:31 AM CST
The Dalai Lama looks on during a public meeting in Tawang, near the frontier with Chinese-controlled Tibet, in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)

(Newser) – If Barack Obama meets with the Dalai Lama when he visits Washington this month, it’ll “seriously undermine the political foundations of Sino-US relations,” China warned the US today. With those relations already strained by the US weapons sale to Taiwan, meeting the Lama would “threaten trust and cooperation,” a Communist Party official told reporters, according to al Jazeera. “ We oppose any attempt by foreign forces to interfere in China's internal affairs using the Dalai Lama as an excuse.”

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