Planned Obama, DalaiLama meet­ing protested

CHINA DAILY USA

China Daily (Canada) - - TOP NEWS - By LI XIAOKUN lix­i­aokun@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The planned meet­ing be­tween US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama sends the “wrong sig­nal” to Ti­betan sep­a­ratists and will ham­per Wash­ing­ton’s re­la­tions with Bei­jing, the For­eign Min­istry said onWed­nes­day.

China has lodged a diplo­matic protest with the United States, For­eign Min­istry spokesman Lu Kang said.

Obama and the Dalai Lama were sched­uled to meet pri­vately at the White House on Wed­nes­day morn­ing. At press time, there was no con­fir­ma­tion of whether the meet­ing had been held.

The Dalai Lama is “not only a re­li­gious fig­ure, but a po­lit­i­cal ex­ile who has long en­gaged in anti-China sep­a­ratist ac­tiv­i­ties un­der the guise of re­li­gion,” Lu told a reg­u­lar news brief­ing.

“Any at­tempt to take ad­van­tage of Ti­bet is­sues and un­der­mine sta­bil­ity in China will not suc­ceed,” he added.

Obama had been sched­uled to travel to Wis­con­sin to ap­pear at a cam­paign event with pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hil­laryClin­ton, the Demo­cratic Party’s pre­sump­tive nom­i­nee. But the event was post­poned CANADA af­ter Sun­day’s shoot­ing at an Or­lando, Florida, night­club that left 50 peo­ple dead.

That cre­ated an open­ing in Obama’s sched­ule that the White House filled with the meet­ing with the Dalai Lama, AP said.

Obama made a high-pro­file pub­lic ap­pear­ance with the Dalai Lama last year at a prayer break­fast in Wash­ing­ton, call­ing him “a pow­er­ful ex­am­ple of what it means to prac­tice com­pas­sion.” Three pre­vi­ous meet­ings were held pri­vately.

The White House barred the me­dia from the meet­ing and ar­ranged for it to be held in the Map Room in­stead of the Oval Of­fice, which is re­served for vis­it­ing heads of state, AP said.

Niu Jun, a pro­fes­sor of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions at Pek­ing Uni­ver­sity, noted that the meet­ing was ar­ranged on the heels of the China-US Strate­gic and Eco­nomic Dia­logue, which ended last week in Bei­jing and had pos­i­tive ef­fects on the two coun­tries’ re­la­tions.

“But the meet­ing will def­i­nitely ham­per Bei­jing’s ties with Wash­ing­ton, as it is an is­sue about sovereignty and sep­a­ra­tion,” he said.

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