China on Sunday criticised President Barack Obama over his decision to meet with the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader.
Beijing issued a statement saying the move “severely interferes in China’s internal affairs, hurts the Chinese people’s feelings and harms China-US relations.”
The White House said Obama praised the Dalai Lama’s commitment to non-violence and dialogue with China. The Nobel Laureate met some of America’s top law makers during his 10 day visit.
China accuses the Dalai Lama of being a separatist who supports violence to set up an independent Tibet and had called for the meeting with the President to be called off.
Obama reiterated the US did not support independence for the Himalayan region and stressed the importance of building a cooperative US- China partnership.