Dubya Will Meet With Dalai
By Asta Hostetter,  Newser User
Posted Oct 12, 2007 3:17 AM CDT
Framed by the Tibetan flag The Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader, speaks to members of the Tibetan Community Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007 at the Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center in New York. (AP Photo/Mary...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – President Bush will meet with the Dalai Lama next  week before the monk is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Not so delighted with the Washington love fest are Chinese government officials, and the meeting is bound to infuriate them further. Beijing has already blasted the US for “using the Dalai Lama to interfere in China's internal affairs."

The Chinese government has long rebuffed efforts for Tibetan autonomy, and the Dalai Lama fled in 1959 after an uprising to establish a government in exile in Dharamsala. The White House is trying to downplay Bush’s reception in an attempt at diplomatic damage control, but it remains a remarkable event: it's the first public appearance of a US president with his holiness.