China to Obama: Don’t Meet With Dalai Lama or Suffer the Consequences
February 2, 2010
(ChattahBox)—China has upped its rhetoric a notch these past weeks, in response to the censorship and hacking dispute with Google and the United State’s recent decision to sell $6.4 billion worth of arms to Taiwan. Now, the Communist country is angry over President Obama’s plans to meet with Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. China warned that relations between the two countries would be “seriously undermined” if such a meeting took place.
A senior Chinese communist party official warned that Beijing plans to take action against the U.S. if the meeting goes ahead as planned. Zhu Weiqun, executive deputy head of the Communist Party’s United Front Work Department, said a meeting between President Obama and the Dalai Lama would “seriously undermine the political foundation of Sino-U.S. relations.”
“We will take corresponding measures to make the relevant countries realize their mistakes,” he said at a news conference in Beijing,” added Zhu.
The Dalai Lama is scheduled for a visit to Washington later this month. And the White House has indicated that the president intends to meet with the exiled spiritual leader, but no date has been set.