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China warns US after meeting with Tibet's Dalai Lama

The US has "gravely violated" basic norms over relations between China and the US, after President Obama granted an audience to Tibet's Dalai Lama yesterday. In a statement from China's foreign ministry reiterated its view that no country has a right to interfere in its internal affairs:

Tibet is a sacred and inalienable part of China. Tibet-related affairs fall entirely within the internal affairs of China which allow no foreign interference. The Dalai Lama is a political exile who has long been engaged in anti-China separatist activities under the cloak of religion.

We urge the US side to take China's concerns seriously, cease to connive and support anti-China separatist forces that seek "Tibet independence", stop interfering in China's internal affairs and take immediate steps to remove the adverse impact so as to avoid further damage to China-US relations.

Read: China warns of 'serious damage' to US relations over Dalai Lama

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China warns US against meeting with the Dalai Lama

China has urged the US to scrap plans for President Barack Obama to meet exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama today, warning that the planned meeting would "seriously damage" ties between the countries.

Read: Obama to meet Dalai Lama over human rights concerns in Tibet

Obama's planned meeting with the Dalai Lama at the White House is a "gross interference" in China's internal affairs, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement on the ministry's website.

Obama to meet Dalai Lama over human rights in Tibet

US President Barack Obama will meet exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the White House today, as the US raises concerns about tensions and human rights in Tibetan areas of China.

President Barack Obama will meet exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the White House today. Credit: Reuters

"We are concerned about continuing tensions and the deteriorating human rights situation in Tibetan areas of China," Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council said.

Read: Dalai Lama - Bradford's Unlikely supporter - wishes team well ahead of final

"We will continue to urge the Chinese government to resume dialogue with the Dalai Lama or his representatives, without preconditions, as a means to reduce tensions," Hayden said in a statement announcing the 10am (1500 GMT) meeting.

Dalai Lama congratulates Pope Francis

The Dalai Lama has congratulated Jorge Bergoglio after the Argentine was elected as the new Pope.

In a statement, the Tibetan spiritual leader said: "May I offer you my greetings and sense of joy on your historic election as the Pope.”

He added: "Although I am not very familiar with many Catholic saints, I do know about St Francis, having visited Assisi and attended inter-religious gatherings there.

"His discipline, the simplicity of his way of life and his love for all creatures are qualities that I find deeply inspiring. I am moved to know that his is the name you have chosen for your papacy.”

Read: Pope Francis profile.

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Unlikely supporter wishes Bradford well ahead of final

An unlikely supporter has given his blessing to Bradford City ahead of their Capital One Cup Final against Swansea later this month.

The Dalai Lama has praised the Bantams' "tremendous achievement" and said he hoped that his blessing would "continue to bring you good fortune."

The Dalai Lama was presented with a personalised shirt by a Bradford supporters' club on a visit last year. Credit: Friends of BCFC

The Tibetan spiritual leader was first made aware of the club last year, when the fans’ group Friends of Bradford City presented him with a personalised shirt and made him their honorary president.

Go to ITV Calendar to find out what the Dalai Lama's message said.

Prince Charles and the Dalai Lama share a moment

The Dalai Lama met his close friend Prince Charles today as part of an eight-day tour of the UK.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall receive the Dalai Lama at Clarence House Credit: Gareth Cattermole/PA Wire

He joined the prince and Duchess of Cornwall for a walk in the garden of Clarence House during an informal meeting.

The royal couple took the Dalai Lama to see the magnolia spectrum tree he planted in the royal residence's garden following their last meeting in 2008.

Prince Charles and the Dalai Lama Credit: Gareth Cattermole/PA Wire

After a brief tour of some of the flower beds the spiritual figurehead, who had grasped Charles' right hand, stopped in front of the waiting media and said about the Prince: "I always consider him from my first meeting, a very close, best of friends."

'Very close' friends Credit: Gareth Cattermole/PA Wire
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