Obama meets with Dalai Lama despite China warnings

By Roberta Rampton and Sui-Lee Wee WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – President Barack Obama held low-key talks with the Dalai Lama at the White House on Friday after warnings from Beijing that the meeting with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader would “seriously damage” ties with Washington. The private meeting lasted about an hour, although the Dalai Lama, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was not seen by White House photographers as he entered or exited the complex. The White House sidestepped questions about whether it was worried Obama’s meeting – his third with the Dalai Lama – would upset its relationship with China.

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