Obama meets Dalai Lama

greygray

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President Barack Obama hosted exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the White House on Thursday, drawing an angry reaction from China and risking further damage to strained Sino-US ties.

Obama used his first presidential meeting with the Dalai Lama to press China, under international criticism for its Tibet policies, to preserve Tibetan identity and respect human rights.

He sat down with the Dalai Lama, reviled by the Chinese government as a dangerous separatist, in the face of wider tensions over US weapons sales to Taiwan, China's currency practices and Internet censorship.

While defying Beijing's demands to scrap the talks and showing a willingness to irritate an increasingly assertive China, the White House took pains to keep the encounter low-key, barring media coverage. But it later posted a photo on its official website of the two men side by side in conversation.
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Rt&Dzine

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Are the Tibetans straight males, white, protestant and earning $250,000 a year?

If they were then of course the Tea Party would be.
Good point. But I was thinking that they might relate to the government oppression and admire the Dali Lama as a separatist.

I would call it a cult, not a movement.
Yeah, but movement makes me think of bowel movement.
 

Zombie Acorn

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I hope the original poster didn't actually want to talk about this topic. :rolleyes: We wouldn't really want to talk about damaging relations with our second largest trading partner anyways, would we?
 

Forsaken

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Well I wouldn't mind hurting relations temporarily with a country that censors protest and kills its citizens without reason.
 

obeygiant

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totally cool
I hope the original poster didn't actually want to talk about this topic. :rolleyes: We wouldn't really want to talk about damaging relations with our second largest trading partner anyways, would we?
Well just about every US president meets with the Dalai Lama at some point so the Chinese should be used to it by now. If you want to talk about the US selling arms to Taiwan, it may be off-topic.
 

greygray

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I hope the original poster didn't actually want to talk about this topic. :rolleyes: We wouldn't really want to talk about damaging relations with our second largest trading partner anyways, would we?
I would not have posted this thread if it was so. It's no use hiding the issue of damaging trading ties between China and us. Beijing has never been cooperative all along, especially with Iran's nuclear talks. It's been all talk but no show.
 

Zombie Acorn

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Well just about every US president meets with the Dalai Lama at some point so the Chinese should be used to it by now. If you want to talk about the US selling arms to Taiwan, it may be off-topic.
I would not have posted this thread if it was so. It's no use hiding the issue of damaging trading ties between China and us. Beijing has never been cooperative all along, especially with Iran's nuclear talks. It's been all talk but no show.
I was more referring to our posters in this thread who would rather make fun of the tea party which has nothing to do with this issue at all.
 

Eraserhead

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I was more referring to our posters in this thread who would rather make fun of the tea party which has nothing to do with this issue at all.
Tibet is a complex issue. To sum it up briefly: China had at least de-facto control of Tibet during the Qing dynasty, then gradually lost control while their empire disintegrated. They only completely lost Tibet with the fall of the Qing dynasty in 1912, then after the communists took power they re-captured Tibet in 1949 (source).

In 1949 Tibet was a medieval serfdom and since then the Chinese have poured resources into Tibet to develop and modernise Tibet (which is something the 4 million Tibetans would have almost certainly been unable to do otherwise). Unfortunately at the same time Han Chinese have moved to Tibet from the rest of China and there are strained ethnic tensions and possibly other issues with development which cause various problems, some of which get rather a lot of coverage in the western media.

Additionally given that there are Tibetan buddhist temples in central Beijing, it is pretty dubious to argue that the Chinese don't appreciate Tibetan culture.

I would not have posted this thread if it was so. It's no use hiding the issue of damaging trading ties between China and us. Beijing has never been cooperative all along, especially with Iran's nuclear talks. It's been all talk but no show.
The US owes them money and they are powerful so they don't have to be cooperative. Maybe they aren't as concerned about Iran having nuclear weapons as the West is.
 

Queso

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Why wouldn't they meet? It's not like the Dalai Lama is some nasty homophobic ex-Nazi in a dress like the guy Obama met last July :p
 

Arran

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With ace limerick material like, "Obama meets Dalai Lama", I'm surprised nobody's had a go! :)

With that...

There once was a pres. named Obama
Who met an exiled Dalai Lama
He fled from Tibet
'cause China was upset
But got by, ever since, on good Karma

(Yeah, I know, I can hear he groans from here :) )
 

Rt&Dzine

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With ace limerick material like, "Obama meets Dalai Lama", I'm surprised nobody's had a go! :)

With that...

There once was a pres. named Obama
Who met an exiled Dalai Lama
He fled from Tibet
'cause China was upset
But got by, ever since, on good Karma

(Yeah, I know, I can hear he groans from here :) )
No groans here. I love it!