Barack Obama greets Dalai Lama: China upset

The Dalai Lama gestures before speaking to students during a talk at Mumbai University February 18, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui (INDIA - Tags: EDUCATION RELIGION) - RTR2IRAI

Beijing: The people of China has been angered by the US President Barack Obama after he acknowledged the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and calling him “a good friend”. This was stated at the national prayer breakfast in Washington.

Oil spill over the fire when Obama did not directly meet the Dalai Lama, despite him being seated among the audience at the annual White House National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday. However, reports state that Obama did bow to the Tibetan Buddhist leader and called him a “good friend”.

“The Dalai Lama is ‘a powerful example of what it means to practice compassion and who inspires us to speak up for the freedom and dignity of all human beings,” Obama said during his speech.

However, the Chinese Foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei that China was against the “foreign countries interfering in China’s domestic affairs under the pretext of Tibet-related issues”. He made this statement on Friday.

“The Dalai Lama is seeking support from foreign counties to realize his political end, but he cannot succeed,” Hong Lei said.

It was the first time Obama and the Dalai Lama were seen together in public. Three previous encounters have been held behind closed doors relations with China. China has long opposed any meetings between the Dalai Lama and foreign heads of state. South Africa has refused three times to grant the Dalai Lama visas to visit the country, including one to attend a summit of Nobel peace laureates in October 2015. In December, Pope Francis declined to meet with the Dalai Lama amid a push by the Vatican to improve ties with Beijing.