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'Dalai visit' likely to threaten relations

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US president Barack Obama risks damaging relations with China if he meets the Dalai Lama in October, experts warn.

"China would definitely be against the US leader meeting the Dalai Lama as it would be a severe interference in China's internal affairs," said Fu Mengzi, a scholar on American studies at the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations.

The Dalai Lama is seeking an audience with Obama in October, the Associated Press reported yesterday.

Sino-US relations have been proceeding smoothly as of late, particularly after President Hu Jintao and Obama met for the first time on April 1 ahead of the G20 summit in London.

During the meeting, Obama accepted Hu's invitation to visit China later this year. Obama said Sino-US relations have been extremely constructive.

Both leaders reached consensus on major issues of common concern at the G20 summit, including Tibet, Fu said.

"Obama will break the consensus if he meets the Dalai Lama. It will also have negative influences on Sino-US cooperation with regards to the financial crisis and regional security, like the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula," he said.

Both George W. Bush's father and former president Bill Clinton met with the Dalai Lama in private, while the younger Bush met with him in a public ceremony.

Analysts said it's hard to conclude if Obama will meet the Dalai Lama.

While campaigning for the US presidency in July, Obama expressed his support in a letter to the Dalai Lama.

"But now Obama as president has to assess the visit's impact on Sino-US relations," said Pang Zhongying, a professor from Renmin University of China's school of international relations.


1. When did President Barack Obama first meet President Hu Jintao?

2. What was one of the issues Presidents Obama and Hu reached consensus on at the recent G20 summit?

3. What past US presidents previously met with the Dalai Lama in private?


1. April 1 (ahead of the G20 summit in London).

2. Tibet.

3. George Bush and Bill Clinton.

(英语点津 Helen 编辑)

'Dalai visit' likely to threaten relations

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'Dalai visit' likely to threaten relations

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