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Ignore the irritants: the US and China are getting on well

Despite Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama today, tensions between the world's two superpowers are easing

By Andrew Hammond  

A protestor calling for Tibet's freedom outside the White House. © Carolyn Kaster/AP/Press Association Images

President Barack Obama will make his first joint public appearance with the Dalai Lama today at the US National Prayer Breakfast on religious freedom, and may meet privately with him afterward. At a time when US-China relations are in a relatively positive shape, Washington’s latest overture to the Dalai Lama will anger Beijing, given his profile as Tibet’s most visible figure…

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