China has heavily criticised US President Barack Obama’s meeting with the Dalai Lama.
Beijing has summoned the US ambassador for an explanation and released a statement saying it was ‘‘strongly dissatisfied.’‘
The White House had been at pains to keep Thursday’s talks low key. Despite that, the Dalai Lama said after the meeting that the President had been very supportive of his position and urged China to re-think its policy towards Tibet.
‘‘The Chinese leadership, I think, they should take on every issue…more holistic view, then they get fuller knowledge about the reality. Just looking at any problem from one side, you can’t see the reality fully,’‘ the Dalai Lama said.
Such statements are only likely to incense rather than placate China’s leadership. Sino-US relations have also recently been strained by a US arms deal to Taiwan and disagreements over trade and Internet censorship. Beijing has so far not threatened retaliation but the meeting could complicate Washington’s efforts to secure China’s help on key issues - notably imposing tougher sanctions on Iran and forging a global deal on climate change.
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