Bush to attend US ceremony honoring Dalai Lama despite objections

October 11, 2007 18:19

Risking heightened tensions with China, President George W. Bush will attend a ceremony to award the US Congress' highest civilian honor to the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader whom Beijing reviles as a separatist. Bush will go to Congress on Wednesday to speak at the presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal, whose recipients have included Mother Teresa, former South African President Nelson Mandela and Pope John Paul II. The president also will welcome the Dalai Lama in the White House residence Tuesday. Beijing expressed its unhappiness about honoring the Dalai Lama, the winner of the 1989 Peace Prize.

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