03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Dalai Lama On China's Protest Over Visit With Bush: "That Always Happens"

President Bush met privately with the Dalai Lama today, despite earlier warnings from China that the honors being accorded the long-exiled Buddhist leader this week by Congress and the White House would harm U.S.-Chinese relations.

The strong protest, voiced by the China's Foreign Ministry and the Communist Party secretary for Tibet, underlined China's determination to prevent the Dalai Lama leader from winning international support for his drive to gain autonomy for the mountainous region that has been under Chinese control for more than half a century.

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