China said a possible meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama would further harm Sino-U.S. relations.
China has become increasingly vocal in opposing meetings between the Dalai Lama and foreign leaders, and one between the exiled Tibetan leader and Obama would increase tensions between the world’s biggest and third biggest economies.
There has been widespread speculation that Obama will meet the Dalai Lama as early as this month, when the Tibetan figurehead visits the United States. The White House has not publicly confirmed any such meeting.
Zhu Weiqun, a Vice Minister of the United Front Work Department of China’s ruling Communist Party, said his government would vehemently oppose any meeting between Obama and the Tibetan Buddhist monk, who Beijing deems a dangerous separatist.