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China accuses US of meddling after Obama-Dalai Lama meeting

Published on Feb 22, 2014 1:20 PM
A member of the audience, Mr Alek Boyd (second from left), takes a photograph with his cell phone of the Dalai Lama (left) at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) during a panel discussion on "Happiness, Free Enterprise, and Human Flourishing" in Washington, DC, on Feb 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - China on Saturday accused the United States of meddling in its domestic affairs after President Barack Obama met the Dalai Lama at the White House, and said it is up to Washington to take steps to avoid further damaging ties.

"The US seriously interfered in China's internal affairs by allowing the Dalai's visit to the United States and arranging the meetings with US leaders," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in a statement.

"We urge the US to take China's concerns seriously, stop tolerance and support of anti-China separatist forces, cease interfering in China's internal affairs and immediately take measures to eliminate its baneful influence to avoid further impairment to China-US relations."

China had warned on Friday after news broke of the planned meeting that an encounter between Mr Obama and the Dalai Lama would damage relations between Washington and Beijing, and urged the US to cancel it.

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