Friday, February 21, 2014

Dalai Lama Meets with Obama at White House; China: Meeting Exiled Tibetan Hurts Ties with US

President Barack Obama held low-key talks with the Dalai Lama at the White House today (February 21, 2014), after warnings from China that the meeting with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader would "seriously damage" ties with Washington, according to the Reuters website.

The private meeting lasted about an hour, although the Dalai Lama -- a Nobel Peace Prize laureate -- was not seen by White House photographers as he entered and exited the complex.

The White House sidestepped questions about whether it was worried Obama's meeting -- his third with the Dalai Lama -- would upset its relationship with China.

"We are committed to a constructive relationship with China in which we work together to solve regional and global problems," White House spokesman Jay Carney told a regular news briefing, noting that Obama and other U.S. presidents had previously met with the Tibetan theologian.

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