Chinas stern no to Dalai, Obama meet

BEIJING: China expressed “resolute” opposition to President Barack Obama’s planned meeting with the Dalai Lama.

Tibet and the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader are among the issues China views with great sensitivity. China warned late yesterday that such meetings could further undermine relations with the US.

Obama is scheduled to meet the Dalai Lama in Washington on February 17-18. “China resolutely opposes the visit by the Dalai Lama to the US, and resolutely opposes US leaders’ contact with the Dalai Lama,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said.