Barack Obama-Dalai Lama meeting angers China
June 15, Washington: US President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet the Dalai Lama in private at the White House despite Chinese objections, reports said.
China has denounced meetings between foreign leaders and the exiled Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader, whom the country considers a separatist.
According to reports they have met several times before and this time they will talk behind closed doors in the White House Map Room.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang condemned Wednesday's meeting.
Minister Kang said, "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.”.
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, BBC reported.
The Oslo Times International News Network