China Urges U.S. Officials Not to Meet With Dalai Lama བོད་སྐད།

China urged U.S. officials not to meet with Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, when he visits America later this year.

In comments to reporters Thursday, during a regular briefing in Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said China has already made its position clear to the United States.

Jiang Yu said China expects Washington to live up to its promises, but did not elaborate.

She said that China opposes the Dalai Lama going to any country to engage in splittist activities under any pretext.

Many people around the world, Tibetans and others, regard the Dalai Lama to be a spiritual leader. China accuses him of trying to promote independence for Tibet.

The Dalai Lama has repeatedly said he only wants "real autonomy" for Tibet.

Last year, China canceled a summit with the European Union after French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he planned to meet with the exiled leader.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.