Beijing, Feb 19: China slammed US president Barack Obama for meeting Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama despite its repeated opposition to it.
Hours after the exiled leader was welcomed at the White House, China released a statement condemning the move by the United States saying that it 'grossly violated' international norms.
"The US act grossly violated the norms governing international relations and ran counter to the principles" set out in joint statements on cooperation by the two countries, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said on Friday, Feb 19.
State news agency Xinhua quoted him as saying, that the meeting also violated, "the repeated commitments by the US government that the US recognises Tibet as part of China and gives no support to 'Tibet independence'".
China urged Obama to 'seriously consider' China's views in order to avoid the 'baneful impact' that meeting will have on the US-China bilateral ties.
Beijing, which considers Dalai Lama as a separatist leader, has already issued two warnings against the meeting.