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

China has warned the US that if President Barack Obama goes ahead with plans to discuss Tibetan human rights issues with the Dalai Lama today, it would "seriously damage" ties between the countries.

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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.

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