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Obama meets Dalai Lama amidst China's strong opposition

February 21, 2010

Xinhua (People's Republic of China)
February 19, 2010

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- Despite China's
strong opposition, U.S. President Barack Obama on
Thursday met with the Dalai Lama in Washington.

Previously, China has repeatedly and solemnly
taken up the issue with the U.S. side.

On Feb. 12, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma
Zhaoxu said China firmly opposes the Dalai Lama
visiting the United States and U.S. leaders' contacting him.

The Chinese side urges the U.S. side to fully
understand the highly sensitive nature of the
Tibet-related issues, to honor its commitment to
recognizing Tibet as part of China and to
opposing "Tibet independence," he said.

Ma also urged the Unites States to refrain from
offering the Dalai Lama venue and convenience for
engaging in split-China activities, and to avoid
further damage to the Sino-U.S. relations.

There have been a couple of meetings between a
U.S. president and the Dalai Lama since 1991.

Originally named Lhamo Thondup, the Dalai Lama
was conferred the title of the 14th Dalai Lama in 1940.

After launching and having failed an armed
rebellion in March 1950, he fled to India and
formed a so-called "Tibet government in exile."

In the guise of religion, the Dalai Lama has
since then been involved in activities aimed to
split China and to undermine Tibet's social stability.
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