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Obama Snubs Dalai Lama


Obama 'snubs' Dalai Lama meeting
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8291782.stm

China considers the Dalai Lama a dangerous separatist

US President Barack Obama has been accused of bowing to Chinese pressure by delaying a meeting with the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

Mr Obama has said he will not meet the Dalai Lama, who is currently in the US, until after visiting China in November.
But human rights activists and some US lawmakers accused Mr Obama of putting economic issues first - a move the White House denied.

China, which took over Tibet in 1950, considers the Dalai Lama a separatist.

Beijing also demands that other nations do not meet the Dalai Lama, who fled into exile in India in 1959 after Chinese troops crushed an attempted uprising.

'Wrong message'

Illeana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican lawmaker on the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement that the White House was "kowtowing" to Beijing by delaying a meeting with the spiritual leader.

The Dalai Lama has always been supportive of American engagement with China

Dalai Lama's envoy Lodi Gyari

Her words were echoed by Leonard Leo, chairman of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, who described the Obama administration's decision as "a strategic snub".

He said it sent "the wrong message to Beijing and to China's religious communities and rights activists".

Both Washington and the Dalai Lama's envoy played down the significance of delaying the meeting.

State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said the Dalai Lama would meet the new US co-ordinator for Tibet, Maria Otero, during his current trip.

And Lodi Gyari, the Dalai Lama's envoy, said the spiritual leader took "a broader and long-term perspective" that it was better to meet Mr Obama after his talks in China.

"The Dalai Lama has always been supportive of American engagement with China," Lodi Gyari said in a statement.
"Our hope is that the co-operative US-Chinese relationship that President Obama's administration seeks will create conditions that support the resolution of the legitimate grievances of the Tibetan people."

The Dalai Lama, who is 74, arrived in Washington on Monday. He will spend a week in the US capital after travelling around North America for a fortnight giving spiritual teachings.

The spiritual leader has met all serving US presidents since George Bush in 1991.

How do you snub this man?

dikke-kus dikke-kus 4 years 48 weeks
Karma will get him don't you think?
em1282 em1282 4 years 50 weeks
"But then, they hate America as much as he does." I know. TOTALLY. That's why he ran in an election to run it. ;)
cheekyredhead cheekyredhead 4 years 50 weeks
There was a farmer who had a dog and "Amamo" was his name O. I have known smarter dogs.
tiff58 tiff58 4 years 50 weeks
Dave- right! Grandpa, I cannot believe that! Well, I guess I can.
samantha999 samantha999 4 years 50 weeks
It just shows how he feels regarding the ordinary citizen and those who want peace and reform. He is against hose that strive for real change. He is a fool. When you get into bed with evil you never leave it alive.
Grandpa Grandpa 4 years 50 weeks
I posted the above comment on the 4.0 posting as well. It will be interested in the response over there, or will it be ignored?
Grandpa Grandpa 4 years 50 weeks
Add to that that Obama administration has cut off funds for an Iranian group documenting civil rights abuses in Iran, in order not to upset Ahmadinejad, and you can see how our reputation for supporting human rights is in the toilette. http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2009/10/06/us_cutoff_of_funding_to_iran_human_rights_cause_signals_shift/?page=2
UnDave35 UnDave35 4 years 50 weeks
I'm sure Obama has a very good reason for doing this. It's probably along the lines of China won't buy any more of our debt if he meets with the dali Llama
samantha999 samantha999 4 years 50 weeks
starangel just posted the same thing in 4.0 i can only imagine their excuses
tiff58 tiff58 4 years 50 weeks
I saw this. Incredible. Now, if GWB did the same thing, the Libs would be up in arms.
skb9850 skb9850 4 years 50 weeks
I think some of the libs will never see it. But then, they hate America as much as he does.
Merlin713 Merlin713 4 years 50 weeks
How much more evidence do we need to convince everyone else he is just a dirtball?
samantha999 samantha999 4 years 50 weeks
I was going to call "0" something rude and then i thought the DL would not approve. See he makes me a better person maybe that is what scares the piss out of "0" Of all the people in the world to snub :oy:
skb9850 skb9850 4 years 50 weeks
Exactly. The saying is you can judge a man by the company he keeps. Obama isn't keeping very good company these days.
samantha999 samantha999 4 years 50 weeks
"0" Cuddles up to dictators, terrorists, totalitarians and murderers but he snubs a man of peace.