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Dalai Lama Aide: Obama’s Meeting With Tibetan Leader A Sign Of America’s Strength

February 18, 2010 by  

Dalai Lama aide: Obama's meeting with Tibetan leader a sign of America's strength The White House has announced that President Obama is meeting with Tibet’s exiled leader the Dalai Lama today, despite demands by China to cancel the talks.

China has warned the meeting will damage Beijing’s relationship with Washington as the communist nation accuses the Dalai Lama of pushing to free Tibet from Chinese rule, a claim he denies.

Obama’s decision not to meet with the disputed region’s spiritual leader last year created a setback for the Tibetan cause and was interpreted by some as a sign of American weakness as well as an opportunity for China to enhance pressure on other countries to cut their ties to the exiled government, said the Dalai Lama’s special envoy Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari, quoted by The New York Times.

"Unfortunately it had definitely created setbacks for us on that score," he told the news provider, but added that "it is my hope that this meeting will help overcome these concerns."

Meanwhile, deputy press secretary Bill Burton told reporters that the U.S. considers Tibet part of China, but urged the Chinese to respect Tibet’s cultural and religious traditions.

Commentators suggest Obama is walking a fine line between his desire to promote the rights of Tibetans while cultivating good relations with China, whose support he needs to counter nuclear proliferation by North Korea and Iran, secure an agreement on climate change and deal with the global financial crisis.
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  • Doc Sarvis

    Seems like a brave and smart move by an American President.

  • Robert

    BS. China has objected for years to any American sitting president meeting the Dali Llama. In this case, we don’t have a sitting president, we have a bowing one. If he had guts, he would have met the Dali Llama before his visit to China, but no, Mr. Gutless Wonder postponed it to a more convenient and less controversial time ( He almost has his bowing down 100% pat, just need a few more dictators to practice it on and he’ll be a master). Wonder what Obama’s fortune cookie read last time he ordered take out.

    • Doc Sarvis

      If he were gutless he would not meet with the Dali Llama at all.

      • Joe H.

        Doc,
        I’m suprised that he was able to meet with him with his considering where his nose is stuck!! Up China’s wallet!!!

  • JeffH

    “Commentators suggest Obama is walking a fine line between his desire to promote the rights of Tibetans while cultivating good relations with China, whose support he needs to counter nuclear proliferation by North Korea and Iran, secure an agreement on climate change and deal with the global financial crisis.”

    Know this is a new twist. If Obama pisses off China enough, they might cut down the lending tree pushing the US closer to bankruptcy thus forcing Obama to use his executive powers to steal every penny he can from any American that has a dime left, all for the sake of saving the good ole US of A.

  • s c

    Ye gods! Hell must be having a blizzard today. First, we’re supposed to believe that motormouth Biden is on speaking terms with facts and substance. Now, Obummer is showing “strength” by meeting with the Dalai Lama (or is that ‘strenth,’ in new Haavidese?).
    Keep it coming, PLND. You’re on a roll. The ultralibs must be beside themselves, trying to figure out if their icons are doing smart things or merely going through more talking head, empty suit motions.

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