(CNN) - President Barack Obama met with Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, Saturday at the White House despite protests from China.
During the closed-door visit, Obama was expected to "highlight his enduring support for dialogue between the Dalai Lama's representatives and the Chinese government to resolve differences," the White House said.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Meeting with top U.S. lawmakers a day after his 76th birthday, the Dalai Lama cited the principle of church-state separation in his recent decision to step down as the political head of an exiled movement.
"The religious institution, the leader of the religious, and the political leadership, should be separate," he told the legislators during an appearance Thursday in the Capitol. "I myself combine! So my statement, my explanation, become like hypocrisy. Saying something, doing something different."FULL STORY
President Obama met with the Dalai Lama on Thursday. (PHOTO CREDIT: White House)
Washington (CNN) - President Obama met with the Dalai Lama - the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader - at the White House on Thursday despite strong objections from Chinese government officials.
The meeting has the potential to further complicate Sino-U.S. tensions, which have been rising in recent months. China has warned it would damage Beijing's ties to Washington.
The Dalai Lama has said he favors genuine autonomy for Tibetans, not independence for Tibet. Beijing regards the Nobel Peace Prize laureate as a dangerous "separatist" who wishes to sever Tibet from China.
During the meeting, Obama stressed his "strong support for the preservation of Tibet's unique religious, cultural and linguistic identity and the protection of human rights for Tibetans," according to a White House statement.
Washington (CNN) - The Dalai Lama and President Obama have come to agreement on at least one issue: more women should occupy leadership positions.
Following a meeting with President Obama, His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama spoke with the White House press corp. As he walked out toward the cameras, the Dalai Lama playfully threw snow at the press who were waiting for his arrival.
During his remarks to the press, the Dalai Lama spoke of his belief that women are "more sensitive to suffering" and therefore should be in more leadership positions. The Dalai Lama said that Obama agreed with this idea.
At the end of an extensive statement on the meeting between the two men, the Dalai Lama told the press he would take questions at a press conference following his visit with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton later in the day.
But he warned the press to come prepared, "Don't bring silly questions," His Holiness remarked.
Washington (CNN) - President Obama will meet the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, on Thursday at the White House despite strong objections from the Chinese government.
The meeting has the potential to complicate Sino-U.S. tensions further, which have been rising in recent months.
China has warned the meeting will certainly damage ties with Washington.
"It will seriously undermine the Sino-U.S. political relations," Zhu Weiqun, a senior Communist Party leader in charge of ethnic and religious affairs, said recently. "We will take corresponding action to make relevant countries see their mistakes."
TOPICS: Dalai Lama, Tibet, China, human rights, Taiwan, Pope Benedict XVI, Billy Graham, Pat Robertson
Washington (CNN) - Nearly three-quarters of all Americans think that Tibet should be an independent country, according to a new national poll.
But the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Thursday also indicates that most Americans think it is more important to maintain good relations with China than to take a stand on Tibet.
The poll's release came as President Barack Obama was to meet with the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader in exile of Tibet, at the White House.
The Dalai Lama is popular with Americans, according to the survey, with 56 percent holding a favorable view of him and only 18 percent having an unfavorable impression.
"That puts him in the same neighborhood as other major religious figures," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Favorable ratings for the Pope, at 59 percent, and Billy Graham, at 57 percent are virtually identical to the numbers for the Dalai Lama."
The poll also indicates that 53 percent say it's more important for the United States to take a strong stand on human rights in China rather than to maintain good relations with Beijing, with 44 percent saying good relations are more important.
By a 6 point margin, the survey also shows that more Americans say taking a strong stand on Taiwan by force is more important than maintaining good relations with Beijing.
The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted February 12-15, with 1,023 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points for the overall survey.
–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story
Beijing, China (CNN) - China restated its opposition Friday to U.S. President Barack Obama's plan to meet with the Dalai Lama.
China urged the United States "to immediately withdraw" its decision for Obama to meet the Tibetan Bhuddist spiritual leader, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said in comments reported by the state-run Xinhua news agency.
"China firmly opposes the Dalai Lama visiting the United States and U.S. leaders' contacting with him," Ma said, adding China's position on the issue has been "consistent and clear."
"We urge the U.S. side to fully understand the high sensitivity of Tibet-related issues, honor its commitment to recognizing Tibet as part of China and opposing 'Tibet independence,'" Ma said.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will meet February 18 with the Dalai Lama, the White House announced Thursday.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced the meeting date to reporters. The White House previously had said Obama intended to meet with the Tibetan spiritual leader despite opposition by China.
Last week, China warned that ties between two of the world's superpowers would be strained if Obama met with the Dalai Lama.
"It will seriously undermine the foundation of Sino-U.S. political relations," said Zhu Weiqun, a Communist Party official who is in charge of talks with representatives of the Dalai Lama. "We will take corresponding action to make relevant countries see their mistakes."