posted on: Thursday February 25, 2010
Mackenzie Mango’10 / World Staff
According to BBC, a visit by the Dalai Lama to Washington on Feb. 18 has “seriously undermined” relations between the U.S. and China. China has released a strongly worded statement in response to President Barack Obama’s meeting with Tibet’s spiritual leader expressing “strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition” to the meeting with the Dalai Lama, whom they see as a separatist.China has expressed that U.S. actions have seriously hurt “the national feelings of the Chinese people,” according to BBC. “The Dalai Lama is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, internationally revered religious and cultural leader,” said Mark Toner, a State Department spokesman, according to The New York Times.Additionally, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu asserted that the meeting between Obama and the exiled Tibetan leader violated the U.S. government’s acceptance that Tibet is a part of China.