China appears to be trying to force an apology from the Britain, using diplomats to warn of future investment in the UK being harmed.
A leaked letter from two MPs reveals that Number 10 put pressure on them to pull out of a lunch with the Dalai Lama, it has been reported.
The Dalai Lama and comedian Russell Brand formed an unlikely double act on Saturday.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama congratulates the new Pope http://t.co/lS6I0BEayp
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.”
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 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.
The Dalai Lama met his close friend Prince Charles today as part of an eight-day tour of the UK.
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.
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."
The Dalai Lama and comedian Russell Brand formed an unlikely double act as an audience of youngsters was enlightened and entertained. Brand was master of ceremonies at the Manchester Arena event.
The funnyman had said before the event that he presumed he was asked to compere proceedings because they wanted him to be funny. He did not disappoint the crowd as he also hosted a question and answer session on stage and obviously created a good impression with the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
The Dalai Lama playfully tugged Brand's beard on stage as the joker responded: "Not really a lot I can do in a situation like this. I just have to go with it." The Dalai Lama is on a 10-day tour of Britain with a mission to spread his Buddhist teachings of peace and understanding to youngsters.
Russell Brand and the Dalai Lama share a joke on stage at the Manchester Arena, where the Dalai Lama gave a talk called Century of Dialogue - Stand up and Be the Change to thousands of people.
Russell Brand acted as master of ceremonies at the Manchester Arena where the Dalai Lama addressed thousands of young people, giving a talk entitled Century of Dialogue - Stand up and Be the Change. It is part of the Tibetan leader's UK tour.
The Dalai Lama will be joined on stage today by comedian Russell Brand as part of the Tibetan leader's UK tour.
Brand will act as master of ceremonies at Manchester Arena when the Dalai Lama addresses thousands of young people, giving a talk entitled Century of Dialogue - Stand up and Be the Change.
His latest tour of Britain aims to spread the 76-year-old Buddhist's teachings of peace and understanding to youngsters.
The 1989 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate will present a Youth Compassion Award to a young person as part of this afternoon's event where tickets for under-25s are free.