Beijing: Accusing the United States of America of using Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama as a "card" to play against China, a Chinese official daily has said it will remain a "useless card" as long as Tibet "remain stable".

"The Dalai Lama is played as a card by the US government. But this is a useless card as long as Tibet remains stable," Global Times said in its editorial on US President Barack Obama's meeting with the Tibetan spiritual leader on Saturday, which evoked a strong condemnation from China.

The daily said separatists-in-exile, including the Dalai Lama and Rebiya Kadeer (leader of Muslim Uygur separatists), will be "increasingly marginalised as long as Tibet and Xinjiang maintain steady stability".
   
Both Tibet and Xinjiang, the Uygurs majority province, witnessed tense situation following riots in the past few years.

While 18 people were killed and 400 injured in 2008 riots in Lhasa, the provincial capital of Tibet, several killed in similar riots in Urmuqi, provincial headquarters.

(Agencies)