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Ignoring China warning,Obama meets Dalai Lama

Ignoring strong Chinese objections,US President Barack Obama on Thursday met exiled Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama and commended...

Ignoring strong Chinese objections,US President Barack Obama on Thursday met exiled Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama and commended his “middle way approach” in resolving the vexed Tibetan issues with Beijing.

“The President commended the Dalai Lama’s middle way approach,his commitment to nonviolence and his pursuit of dialogue with the Chinese government,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said in a statement.

Obama and the Dalai Lama discussed the need to promote peace,humanitarian values and religious harmony,the spiritual leader said on Thursday. The talks were closed to the press but later,the Dalai Lama told the media that he had expressed to Obama his admiration for the US as a champion of democracy,freedom,human values and creativity. The meeting had prompted a warning from China that Sino-US ties could be damaged.

“The President stressed that he has consistently encouraged both sides to engage in direct dialogue to resolve differences and was pleased to hear about the recent resumption of talks,” Gibbs said. “(They) agreed on the importance of a positive and cooperative relationship between the US and China,” he said.

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First published on: 19-02-2010 at 02:24 IST
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