Obama And Dalai Lama Meet Despite China Protests
February 18, 2010
Washington D.C. (ChattahBox) – With tensions between the US and China increasing, President Barack Obama met with the Dalai Lama today amidst warnings from China to stay away from the spiritual leader.
While the White House downplayed the meeting, President Obama and the Dalai Lama met in what was called a ‘private, not political’ meeting at the White House.
According to spokesman Robert Gibbs, Obama expressed a great deal of support for Tibet, the Dalai Lama’s position of non-violence, and human rights for Tibetans in China.
China spoke out against the meeting, saying, “The US act grossly violated the norms governing international relations.
“It also went against the repeated commitments by the US government that the US recognises Tibet as part of China and gives no support to ‘Tibet independence’.”
The Chinese government has accused the Dalai Lama of being a separatist since the 1950′s.
The spiritual leader escaped Tibet and moved to India after a failed Tibetan uprising, and has lived there ever since.