16 Jul '11, 7am

Obama decides to meet Dalai Lama, upsetting China

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama will welcome the Dalai Lama on Saturday and pledge support for human rights in Tibet, officials said, angering China after appeals mounted at home for a meeting. The White House made the announcement late Friday after a long silence on whether Obama would meet the Dalai Lama, who was to leave Saturday after an 11-day visit to Washington to lead thousands in a Buddhist meditation ritual. "This meeting underscores the president's strong support for the preservation of Tibet's unique religious, cultural and linguistic identity and the protection of human rights for Tibetans," a White House statement said. "The president will highlight his enduring support for dialogue between the Dalai Lama's representatives and the Chinese government to resolve differences," it said. China lodged an official protest. The foreign ministry said it urged th...

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