China has protested the Dalai Lama´s presence at a public event attended by President Barack Obama, saying the U.S. was exploiting the issue of Tibet for political purposes.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Friday that China regards the Tibetan spiritual leader as a political exile working to overthrow Chinese rule over the Himalayan region under the cloak of religion.
Hong said China opposes any country providing him with a platform to further his agenda. He said Tibet was a core national interest over which China would make no compromises.
The Dalai Lama on Thursday attended the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington where he was welcomed by Obama as a “good friend.”
It was the first time the president and the Tibetan Buddhist leader attended the same public event.