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Obama meets Dalai Lama despite China Drama

President Barack Obama meets with the Dalai Lama
President Barack Obama meets with the Dalai Lama in the Map Room of the White House on Friday. Pete Souza / The White House

President Barack Obama met with exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in the Map Room of the White House on Friday, despite warnings from China that the visit would damage ties between the two countries.

The White House released this photo through its Flickr account. The event was closed to the press, and no independent photographers were permitted in.