16 Jul '11, 3am

China asks Obama not to meet Dalai Lama

BEIJING: China on Saturday asked US President Barack Obama to revoke his decision to meet the Dalai Lama and not to "interfere in Chinese internal affairs", foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said. After the White House announced the meeting to be held Saturday, the ministry and the Chinese ambassador to the United States lodged a "solemn representation" against it, Hong said in a statement on the ministry's website. Beijing calls on Washington "to immediately revoke its decision to hold a meeting between Obama and the Dalai Lama" and to "honour its serious commitment that recognises Tibet as part of China", the statement said. "We are firmly opposed to any foreign politician meeting the Dalai Lama in any form whatsoever," it said, warning the US administration against any action that "could harm US-Chinese relations". The White House made the announcement late Friday aft...

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