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Beijing has strongly urged US President George W Bush to cancel a planned meeting with the Dalai Lama, saying it would "seriously damage" relations.
Mr Bush is due to host Tibet's spiritual leader at the White House.
On Wednesday, Mr Bush is due to attend a ceremony at the US Capitol where the Dalai Lama will receive a Congressional Gold Medal, a top US civilian award.
It will be the first time a sitting president will have appeared in public with the 72-year-old Buddhist leader.
Achieving global peace must begin with each person attaining an inner peace first, the Dalai Lama told a capacity audience Tuesday at Cornell University.
Last updated 01:47am (Mla time) 10/18/2007
"WASHINGTON--US President George W. Bush made an unprecedented public appearance with the Dalai Lama on Wednesday at a Congress ceremony honoring the Tibetan spiritual leader.
The Dalai Lama was flanked by Bush and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the ceremony granting him the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award bestowed by US lawmakers, despite strong objections from China."