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China fumes over Dalai Lama's appearance at US Congress session

Published on Mar 7, 2014 5:54 PM
 
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (right) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) greet the Dalai Lama before his meeting with Senate leadership on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 6, 2014. China expressed anger on Friday over the Dalai Lama's meeting with US congressional leaders, urging Washington to "stop conniving" with the man it brands a separatist working under the "cloak of religion". -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - China expressed anger on Friday over the Dalai Lama's meeting with US congressional leaders, urging Washington to "stop conniving" with the man it brands a separatist working under the "cloak of religion".

The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader on Thursday delivered the customary prayer that opens each Senate session, after meeting President Barack Obama at the White House last month, a move that raised the ire of Beijing.

The Nobel laureate, who fled his Chinese-ruled homeland for India in 1959, labelled the US the "champion of democracy" and called on it to show "self-confidence".

He met congressional leaders and told them one of his main goals was the "preservation of Tibetan culture".

 
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