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Obama to meet Dalai Lama on Friday: US official

President Barack Obama will meet Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the White House on Friday, in an encounter likely to draw the ire of China. "The president will meet the Dalai Lama in his capacity as an internationally respected religious and cultural leader," said National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden. Obama last met the Dalai Lama, a fellow Nobel peace laureate, at the White House in 2011 in talks that triggered an angry response from Beijing, which said the encounter had harmed Sino-US relations.

Obama to meet Dalai Lama on Friday: US official

US President Barack Obama will meet Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the White House on Friday, in an encounter likely to draw the ire of China. "The President will meet the Dalai Lama in his capacity as an internationally respected religious and cultural leader," said National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden. col/adm

Obama to host Dalai Lama on Friday at White House; likely to further strain ties with China

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will meet with Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Friday at the White House. The meeting could strain already tense relations between the U.S. and China. The exiled leader, who is in the U.S. for a speaking tour, is famed for his peaceful struggle for greater Tibetan autonomy that China bitterly opposes. The last time he met with Obama, in 2011, China said it damaged Chinese-American ties. China was similarly angered when the two met in 2010.

China urges Obama to cancel meeting with Dalai Lama

BEIJING, Feb. 21 (Yonhap) -- China on Friday called for U.S. President Barack Obama to cancel a scheduled meeting with exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. Obama is scheduled to meet the Dalai Lama, who says he seeks meaningful autonomy for Tibet, not independence, on Friday in Washington. China labels him as a political exile who engages in separatist movements.

China urges US to cancel Dalai Lama meeting: foreign ministry

China on Friday urged US President Barack Obama to cancel a planned meeting with exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. "China is firmly opposed to this," the foreign ministry said in a statement on its website. "We urge the US side to treat China's concern in a serious way and immediately cancel the planned meeting." kgo/slb/st

Obama to host Dalai Lama on Friday

US President Barack Obama will meet Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the White House on Friday, in an encounter likely to draw the ire of China. The meeting will take place in the Map Room on the ground floor of the president's residence and not the Oval Office in the West Wing, which Obama usually uses to meet foreign leaders and visiting dignitaries.

Obama to meet Dalai Lama on Friday

US President Barack Obama will meet Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the White House on Friday, in an encounter likely to draw the ire of China. The meeting will take place in the Map Room on the ground floor of the president's residence and not the Oval Office in the West Wing, which Obama usually uses to meet foreign leaders and visiting dignitaries.

Spain seeks arrest of ex-China leaders over genocide: report

A Spanish court sought to arrest former Chinese leaders on allegations of genocide in Tibet despite China's call for restraint, it was reported Tuesday. Spanish High Court Judge Ismael Moreno on Monday asked Interpol to issue orders for the detention of former President Jiang Zemin, former Premier Li Peng and three other state leaders for questioning on charges brought by Tibetan rights groups, Reuters news service reported.

Tibetan sets self on fire, fate unknown: report

A Tibetan man on Wednesday set himself on fire in an apparent protest against repressive policies in Tibetan-inhabited regions under Chinese rule, the first such protest this year, the Tibetan government-in-exile said Friday. Phagmo Samdrup, 29, burned himself in Zeku County of Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in northwestern China's Qinghai Province, the India-based Central Tibetan Administration reported on its website.

Tibetan sets self on fire, fate unknown: report

A Tibetan man on Wednesday set himself on fire in an apparent protest against repressive policies in Tibetan-inhabited regions under Chinese rule, the first such protest this year, the Tibetan government-in-exile said Friday. Phagmo Samdrup, 29, burned himself in Zeku County of Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in northwestern China's Qinghai Province, the India-based Central Tibetan Administration reported on its website.
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