China protests Obama meeting with Dalai Lama

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February 19, 2010 05:38

 
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BEIJING  — China on Friday protested US President Barack Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama, saying Washington had interfered in Chinese domestic affairs and demanding the US take steps to improve ties.

The meeting Thursday at the White House was seen as another test of rocky ties between Beijing and Washington, strained in recent weeks by issues from Taiwan arms sales to cyber spying allegations.

However, the language of the protest issued by the Foreign Ministry was relatively constrained, a reflection of the White House's low-key treatment of the meeting with the exiled Tibetan leader and Beijing's own desire to maintain healthy China-US relations. The meeting was in the White House's Map Room, a lower-profile venue than the Oval Office.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said China expressed "strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition," to the meeting.

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