Obama meets with Dalai Lama

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in Washington.

July 17, 2011 11:16
Dalai Lama and Barack Obama

Dalai Lama Barack Obama 311 R. (photo credit: REUTERS)

US President Barack Obama met with Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the White House Saturday.

As per usual, the meeting was closed to the press.

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And as is also usually the case, the Chinese government said they wanted the meeting canceled.

China accuses the Dalai Lama of being a separatist who supports the use of violence to set up an independent Tibet.

Obama said that while the US does consider Tibet to be a part of China, he reiterated the need for protecting human rights for Tibetans there.

Earlier this year, the Dalai Lama relinquished his political responsibilities. A Harvard educated law scholar was elected to take his place.

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