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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.

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.

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.

"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.”

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.

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