White House Defends Obama Meet With Dalai Lama

(Washington, DC) -- The White House is defending President Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama . The President met privately with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader at the White House. Presidential spokesman Jay Carney called the Dalai Lama an "internationally respected religious and cultural leader." China issued a statement sharply criticizing the meeting, calling it a "gross interference" in China's internal affairs.
China warned that the meeting could seriously damage relations between the superpowers. The White House continues to urge the Chinese government to resume talks with the Dalai Lama as a way to reduce growing tensions in Tibetan areas of the country. The Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet.