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Dalai Lama Arrives in US for Meeting With Obama བོད་སྐད།


Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has arrived in Washington for a meeting Thursday with U.S. President Barack Obama.

The White House says President Obama will meet with the Tibetan Buddhist leader in a private room in the White House, and not the more official Oval Office.

The meeting has drawn angry comments from China, which said it "firmly opposes" the visit by the Dalai Lama and last week called on the United States to "immediately withdraw" the invitation.

Mr. Obama passed up a chance to meet the Dalai Lama last year before his summit with Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao. The spiritual leader's special envoy, Lodi Gyari, told reporters Tuesday that decision was a setback for the Tibetan cause.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is also scheduled to meet with the Dalai Lama on Thursday.

Previous U.S. presidents, including Mr. Obama's predecessor, George W.Bush, have received the Dalai Lama.

The Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule. He says he is not seeking independence for Tibet, just greater autonomy; China accuses him of advocating separatism.

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