Tuesday, February 2, 2010

China warns of 'serious damage' if Barack Obama meets Dalai Lama

China has warned of "serious damage" to US-China political relations if Obama goes ahead with an anticipated meeting with the Dalai Lama in Washington later this month.

The warning comes after three weeks of increasingly irate exchanges between the US and China over contentious issues including internet censorship, trade and a decision by the Obama administration to sell £4bn of arms to Taiwan.

Although the Chinese government routinely objects to any foreign leaders meeting the exiled Tibetan spirutal leader analysts say the strength of the latest condemnation reflects genuine anger in Beijing at a perceived hardening of US attitudes towards China.