Friday, 21 February 2014 - 12:02
Obama to meet Dalai Lama on Friday
US President Barack Obama will meet Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the White House today, in an encounter likely to draw the ire of China.
The meeting will take place in the Map Room on the ground floor of the president's residence and not the Oval Office in the West Wing, which Obama usually uses to meet foreign leaders and visiting dignitaries.
The US leader last met the Dalai Lama, a fellow Nobel peace laureate, at the White House in 2011 in talks that triggered an angry response from Beijing, which said the encounter had harmed Sino-US relations.
Beijing accuses the Dalai Lama of seeking independence for his homeland.