usnews President Barack Obama met with Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama Friday at the White House, despite stern warnings from China.
"The United States' arrangement for its leader to meet the Dalai would be a gross interference in China's internal affairs," Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for China's Foreign Ministry, said in a statement after the White House announced it would host the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize winner. She called the meeting "a serious violation of the norms of international relations" and said it would "seriously damage Sino-U.S. relations."
China has declared the exiled monk – who fled the Chinese-controlled land of Tibet in 1959 – a "wolf in sheep's clothing” who uses violent means to bring about Tibetan independence, Reuters reported.