US faces China complaint over Dalai Lama meeting

By the Associated Press | July 7, 2011 | 1:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — China has complained to the United States after a senior official met with the visiting Dalai Lama.

Under Secretary of State Maria Otero met with the Tibetan spiritual leader when he arrived Tuesday for an 11-day religious ritual in Washington.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Thursday that China expressed displeasure to the department that the Dalai Lama was received officially.

It remains unclear whether he will meet with President Barack Obama or Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, as he did on his last visit in February 2010.

The Dalai Lama recently gave up his leadership of Tibet's government-in-exile. Beijing accuses him of seeking Tibet's independence from China.