Obama meets Dalai Lama

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  1. greygray macrumors 68000

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    Link.
     
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    Probably.

    President Obama seems to bow to anything and everything. :)
     
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    Good point, I think this is the most important issue here. If he did bow then what is the world coming to?
     
  5. Rt&Dzine macrumors 6502a

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    Does the Tea Party movement feel sympathetic to the Tibetans?
     
  6. paddy macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  7. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    I would call it a cult, not a movement.
     
  8. Rt&Dzine macrumors 6502a

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    Good point. But I was thinking that they might relate to the government oppression and admire the Dali Lama as a separatist.

    Yeah, but movement makes me think of bowel movement.
     
  9. skunk macrumors G4

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    Do they even know where Tibet is?
     
  10. dinaluvsApple macrumors regular

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    more importantly can their leader sarah palin see it from her office.
     
  11. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

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    It's his mom's fault. When Obama was little, she used to make him stand on the edge of a glass of water.
     
  12. Ugg macrumors 68000

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    Maybe, but they've probably confused the Dalai Lama with Dolly Parton's pet llama.
     
  13. obeygiant macrumors 68040

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    She doesn't have a pet llama, she is a llama!

    [​IMG]
     
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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?
     
  15. Forsaken macrumors regular

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    Well I wouldn't mind hurting relations temporarily with a country that censors protest and kills its citizens without reason.
     
  16. obeygiant macrumors 68040

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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.
     
  17. greygray thread starter macrumors 68000

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    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.
     
  18. Zombie Acorn macrumors 65816

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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.
     
  19. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    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.

    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.
     
  20. opinioncircle macrumors 6502a

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    Well I wouldn't say a word about her office, seems like she doesn't have one these days....
     
  21. Queso macrumors G4

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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
     
  22. Rt&Dzine macrumors 6502a

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    It actually does. But I suppose the bowing issue is more to your liking.
     
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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 :) )
     
  24. Rt&Dzine macrumors 6502a

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    No groans here. I love it!
     
  25. Zombie Acorn macrumors 65816

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    The article didn't even mention bowing.... I didn't see anything about tea parties either.
     

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