Quote: China Severely Hurt By Obama’s Meeting with Dalai Lama

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The Dalai Lama, center, prays before performing a blessing ceremony at the Anacostia River, in Washington, on Saturday, July 16, 2011.

“Such an act has grossly interfered in China’s internal affairs, hurt the feelings of the Chinese people and damaged Sino-American relations.”

–MA ZHAOXU, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, harshly condemned the spontaneous Saturday meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual leader. China considers the Dalai Lama a separatist who wants to end Chinese rule over Tibet. (via Financial Times)