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China slams Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama

BEIJING (AP) -- China has slammed President Barack Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama as an act that has ``grossly interfered in China's internal affairs'' and damaged Chinese-American relations.

The statement from China's Foreign Ministry comes hours after Obama met with the Tibetan spiritual leader in Washington.

China had already called on the United States to stop Saturday's White House meeting, warning it could hurt relations between the two countries.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said Sunday that ``such an act has grossly interfered in China's internal affairs, hurt the feelings of the Chinese people and damaged the Sino-American relations.''

China considers the Dalai Lama a separatist intent on ending Chinese rule over Tibet. The Dalai Lama denies this.