China Fumes Over Obama-Dalai Lama Meeting

Beijing is outraged, but some think it's a show for citizenry
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2010 11:25 AM CST
A Tibetan holds a poster showing President Barack Obama with the Dalai Lama outside the Dalai Lama's hotel in Washington yesterday after the Dalai Lama greeted the group.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – China is fuming as expected after yesterday’s meeting between President Obama and the Dalai Lama. “The US action seriously interfered in Chinese internal affairs, seriously hurt the feelings of China's people and seriously harmed China-US relations,” a foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement. What’s more, the meeting “grossly violated basic norms of international relations.”

Though China is talking tough, it has not disclosed what, if any, actions it will take in retribution for the slight. Some China watchers think that the government’s strong words are intended only to send a message to its citizens, AFP reports, and that it has no intention of rocking the boat of Sino-US relations. Case in point: A US aircraft carrier arrived in Hong Kong yesterday, though China had threatened to cut off military ties with the US after the Taiwan weapons flap.

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