President Bush and Bill Clinton met with Tibetan leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama during his previous visits in United State, in 2007, President W. Bush met with His Holiness at the White House in high official level, presented the U.S. Congress' highest civilian honor, calling the monk a "universal symbol of peace and tolerance." but immediately China warned US President Obama to not meet with His Holiness even a meeting between two leaders have not been confirmed.
Spokeswoman for Foreign Ministry, Jiang Yu at a regular news conference today in Beijing claimed that China oppose any engagement in "separatist activities" His Holiness while asking to comment on a possible meeting between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and US President Obama. "We firmly oppose the Dalai's engagement in separatist activities in any country under whatever capacity and under whatever name," she said.
"We have made representations to the United States urging the U.S. to honor its commitments and not allow the Dalai to engage in separatist activities in the United States," she continued.
China warned and made heavy pressures on many countries, particularly Asian and African countries for last 50 years, regarding His Holiness the Dalai lama's abroad visits and meetings with world leaders, in 2008, China canceled a major summit with the European Union because French President Nicolas Sarkozy met His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Barack Obama's administration has already faced heavy criticism on Chinese sensitive human rights and trade issues after the Secretary of State Clinton said during her trip to Beijing that the United States would not let its human rights concerns interfere with cooperation with China.
Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be arrived in US tomorrow; he will visit Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Boston and New York during his visit to the country for 16 days from 24 April - 9 May.