Obama’s Dalai Lama meeting angers China

This file photo taken on June 21, 2015 shows the Dalai Lama attending an event.Image copyright
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China has objected to President Obama’s meeting with the Dalai Lama

US President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet the Dalai Lama in private at the White House despite Chinese objections.

China has denounced meetings between foreign leaders and the exiled Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader, whom the country considers a separatist.

The pair, who have met several times before, will talk behind closed doors in the White House Map Room.

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman condemned Wednesday’s meeting.

“If the United States plans this meeting, it will send the wrong signal to Tibet independence and separatist forces and harm China-US mutual trust and cooperation,” said Lu Kang.

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The Dalai Lama last visited the White House in 2014

Mr Obama has previously described the Tibetan Buddhist leader as a “good friend“.

The Dalai Lama fled to India after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959.

The Buddhist leader has pushed for more Tibetan autonomy while China accuses him of encouraging outright independence.

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