China has condemned Barack Obama for "gross interference" in its affairs after the US president met exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, at the White House for the second time in his presidency.
"Such an act has grossly interfered in China's internal affairs," the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement.
The statement went on to demand that the White House "cease to connive and support anti-China separatist forces that seek 'Tibetan independence'."
The US does not support Tibet's independence. The Dalai Lama says he wants greater autonomy for the territory, which has been under Chinese rule for 60 years.