China News reported on February 22 that Zhang Yesui, the Chinese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, summoned the U.S. Embassy charge d’affaires Daniel Kritenbrink to protest the recent meeting between President Obama and the Dalai Lama. Zhang called this a “wrong move,” saying it severely interfered with China’s internal affairs and it caused significant damage to the China-U.S. relationship. Zhang expressed “strong indignation and opposition.” The Chinese spokesperson from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also pointed out that the Dalai Lama has long been performing the function of splitting China under the name of religion and that the U.S. move violated its promise not to support the idea of an independent Tibet. He also asked the U.S. government to take immediate steps to eliminate the “adverse effects” so as to prevent further damage to the relationship between the U.S. and China.
Source: China News, February 22, 2014