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TomCADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-03-10 11:32 PM
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Obama to meet with Dalai Lama in mid-February
Source: Washington Post

The Dalai Lama is scheduled to visit Washington on Feb. 17-18 and, despite China's opposition, is expected to meet President Obama, sources close to the exiled Tibetan leader said Wednesday.

Obama was criticized by human rights groups for postponing an October meeting with the Tibetan leader in the run-up to a summit with China's president, Hu Jintao. During the summit, Obama told Hu that he was planning to meet with the Dalai Lama.

Over the past several days, the United States and China have clashed publicly over the meeting and other issues, including the Obama administration's decision to sell $6.4 billion in weapons to Taiwan, which China claims is part of its territory. The disagreements have suggested that the White House is embracing a new, "get tough" policy with China, but U.S. officials and independent analysts close to the Obama administration deny that.

"Anybody who thought U.S.-China relations were going to be smooth just hasn't been paying attention," said one U.S. official speaking on the condition of anonymity. "We all knew this was going to happen."

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
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truthisfreedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-03-10 11:36 PM
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1. Good. It's time we signal China that if they want us as consumers, they'll have to accept
that our culture is different from theirs, despite their enormous loans to our country.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-04-10 12:05 AM
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2. Obama seems to be getting zero credit for holding his own against China.
Good going, Mr. President.
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boppers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-04-10 12:14 AM
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3. Obama, Lama. Lama, Obama.
I just want to see the introductions. :D
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Nihil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-04-10 07:01 AM
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6. Let's hope they don't argue ...
... or it will be an Obama Lama Ding-Dong!
:-)
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Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-04-10 12:41 AM
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4. KnR. It's an important meeting and I knew Obama would do this at the right time.
It's important both spiritually and politically....

President Obama needs to not lose face to the Chinese government. The envoys deliberately dissed him in Copenhagen, sending lower level people back and forth between the president and the Chinese premier. There was an interesting article in the UK Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/dec/22/copen...

Dissing them back would be a bad idea -- indeed, rather like Bush the Lesser's petulance. But taking a firm stand on issues important to the US is vital.

The Chinese government has been flexing its considerable muscle, and increasingly telling the US government what it does and does not want done internationally -- for instance, they don't want official recognition of the Dalai Lama, period.

The POTUS met him before becoming president, iirc, and there's no reason why President Obama should fail to meet with the Dalai Lama now. I hope he has the gentleman over for a nice vegetarian dinner and big photo-op, with ceremonial exchange of silk scarves. That would be nice.

Hekate




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zbdent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-04-10 06:23 AM
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5. So the "liberal media" says that Obama was criticized by human rights groups
for not meeting with the Dalai Lama in October ...

interesting, because quite a large number of the links I get when I google Obama and Dalai Lama come up from RW sources attacking Obama for "bowing down to China" in delaying his meeting with the D.L. ...

again with the "liberal media bias" ...
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-04-10 07:08 AM
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7. Will this lead to a weird co-dependent form of a Cold War?
It's beginning to look like a strange stand-off to come between the US and China. They may own us economically, but that also means they need us in order to own us and we need them in order to be needed. :crazy:
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