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China accuses US of meddling after Obama-Dalai Lama meeting

China yesterday accused the US of meddling in its domestic affairs after President Barack Obama met the Dalai Lama at the White House. It said it is up to Washington to take steps to avoid further damaging ties.

"The US seriously interfered in China's internal affairs by allowing the Dalai's visit to the United States and arranging the meetings with US leaders," a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said.

During the meeting on Friday, Mr Obama offered his "strong support" for the protection of Tibetans' human rights in China.

In Beijing, Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui summoned the charge d'affaires at the US embassy to protest the meeting. - AFP.