China: Obama-Dalai Lama meeting would hurt relations

February 02, 2010

BEIJING - China warned President Barack Obama today not to meet the Dalai Lama, saying any such meeting would harm bilateral relations. An Obama meeting with the Dalai Lama would "seriously undermine the political foundation of Sino-U.S. relations," said Zhu Weiqun, executive deputy head of the Communist Party's United Front Work Department. The warning to Obama comes after recent signals from U.S. officials that Obama might soon meet the exiled Tibetan leader - something Chinese officials are keen to avoid before President Hu Jintao travels to Washington, possibly in April.

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