BBC Chinese recently reported that President Obama welcomed the Dalai Lama at the National Prayer Breakfast and called him “a friend.” This was the first time the President and the Dalai Lama appeared jointly in public. Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hong Lei responded at a press conference that China is against any country allowing the Dalai Lama to visit and is against anyone using the Tibetan Issue to interfere with China’s domestic matters. Hong said the Dalai Lama has long been using the name of religion to perform the function of splitting China. He urged the United States to “keep its promise” on the Tibetan Issue. The last time President Obama met with the Dalai Lama was on February 21, 2014, in the White House Map Room instead of the Oval Office. That meeting was a closed-door meeting with no media present.
Source: BBC Chinese, February 6, 2015