Chinese authorities have been angered over the US President Barack Obama’s recent meeting with the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry summoned the US charge d’affaires to deliver a formal complaint over the move.
“China expresses strong indignation and firm opposition,” media outlets quoted Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui as saying.
President Obama met with the Dalai Lama at the White House on Friday, despite Beijing’s strong objections.
China had earlier warned that the meeting would inflict grave damages on the bilateral ties.
“We urge the US side to treat China’s concern in a serious way and immediately cancel the planned meeting,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement ahead of the talks.
“The US leader’s meeting with the Dalai is a gross interference in China’s internal affairs, a severe violation of codes of international relations and will seriously impair China-US relations,” Hua added.
After the meeting, the White House issued a statement, saying that Washington offers strong support for the preservation of Tibet’s religious and cultural traditions.
China says Obama is letting the Tibetan leader use the White House to promote anti-Chinese activities.
China accuses the Tibetan leader of being a separatist, who supports the use of violence to set up an independent state.
The Dalai Lama, however, denies this and says he wants a peaceful transition to autonomy for the remote Himalayan region.
China also accuses the Dalai Lama of fueling unrest in the Himalayan region, saying the unrest in Tibet, which is incited by the West, is a plan by Beijing’s opponents to tarnish the image of the country.
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