Despite grave warnings from China about rough international relations ahead, President Obama has set a date to sit down with the Dalai Lama, according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. The spiritual leader will appear at the White House on February 18. Ma Zhaoxu, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, said the U.S. should "immediately withdraw" the invitation. Every president since George H.W. Bush has met with the Dalai Lama, usually not without criticism from the Chinese government. This president appears to be no exception, though he did skip a face-to-face with the Dalai Lama when the Tibetan leader visited Washington in October.
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