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    Re: Should Obama meet the Dali Lama?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    The Dalai Lama is an honorary Canadian citizen, bestowed upon him in 2006, almost ten years ago - one of only three non-Canadians to be so honoured - Nelson Mandela being one of the other two.

    So what's America waiting for?
    Nothing, the meeting is going ahead. I was interested if anyone was going to take the Chinese side here, though.

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    Re: Should Obama meet the Dali Lama?

    If both parties consent, then I don't see why not. China can stop crying about this.

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    Re: Should Obama meet the Dali Lama?

    I think the US should stand up for freedom when we can. China is notorious for human rights violations, including religious persecution (as is the case with Tibetan Buddhism). I'm all for Obama meeting with the Dali Lama.
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    Re: Should Obama meet the Dali Lama?

    Quote Originally Posted by annata View Post
    Chinese frothing - de rigueur noises that follow His Holiness around the world.


    Dalai Lama has always recognized Tibet as part of China, but autonomous, with a separate culture and identity.


    China is crazed about wiping out all vestige of anything Buddhist - I suppose seeing it as a threat to their hegemony minds.

    China demands Obama cancel Dalai Lama meeting - The Washington Post

    I started a thread ( one thing about this board is it's easy to miss concurrent ideas) so just thought to c/p other post

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    Re: Should Obama meet the Dali Lama?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    Obama is planning to host the Dali Lama for a meeting. The Chinese protest, here's what they have to say in their statement....

    "By arranging a meeting between the President and the Dalai Lama, the U.S. side will grossly interfere in the internal affairs of China, seriously violate norms governing international relations and severely impair China-U.S. relations.

    Tibet-related affairs fall entirely within the internal affairs of China which allow no foreign interference,"




    Here is the American counter-statement:

    "The United States recognizes Tibet to be a part of the People's Republic of China and we do not support Tibetan independence. The United States strongly supports human rights and religious freedom in China."


    What do you think. Should Obama meet the Dali Lama, or are we meddling in another country's domestic affairs?
    China needs to get over it. Meet with the Dali Lama. He is a symbol of resistance toward a tyrannical regime. Maybe he can teach the Obama administration something. Tibet should be a self administered part of China much like Scotland has been to Britain.

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    Re: Should Obama meet the Dali Lama?

    Quote Originally Posted by SBu View Post
    China needs to get over it. Meet with the Dali Lama. He is a symbol of resistance toward a tyrannical regime. Maybe he can teach the Obama administration something. Tibet should be a self administered part of China much like Scotland has been to Britain.
    don't think so
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    News | The Office of His Holiness The Dalai Lama

    Appealing for peace in the world, the Dalai Lama said in the German city of Hamburg Sunday that resistance to Chinese rule in his Tibetan homeland had to remain peaceful.

    'If we were to use violence, this would endanger peaceful co- existence in the future ...

    'We have to co-exist with our Chinese friends ...

    He told the audience of 10,000 he would like to see a worldwide organization where people could devote their lives to the cause of peace.

    'We cannot change the world merely by resolutions of the United Nations. We have to start with the individual,' he said.

    'People from societies that teach peacefulness, tolerance and sympathy are more peaceful by nature,' he said, adding that it was shocking that Sunnis and Shiites could fight one another in Iraq or Catholics and Protestants could do so in Northern Ireland.

    'They have the same God, yet they still kill one another,' he said. 'Violence can never be the right way. We have to find a human solution to problems.'
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    Re: Should Obama meet the Dali Lama?

    Yeah, why not, he can give him the Obama's usual classless gift, a boxed DVD set of something or other. It's Carter all over again, absolutely clueless where it comes to foreign affairs.

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    Re: Should Obama meet the Dali Lama?

    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    don't think so
    read here
    News | The Office of His Holiness The Dalai Lama

    Appealing for peace in the world, the Dalai Lama said in the German city of Hamburg Sunday that resistance to Chinese rule in his Tibetan homeland had to remain peaceful.

    'If we were to use violence, this would endanger peaceful co- existence in the future ...

    'We have to co-exist with our Chinese friends ...

    He told the audience of 10,000 he would like to see a worldwide organization where people could devote their lives to the cause of peace.

    'We cannot change the world merely by resolutions of the United Nations. We have to start with the individual,' he said.

    'People from societies that teach peacefulness, tolerance and sympathy are more peaceful by nature,' he said, adding that it was shocking that Sunnis and Shiites could fight one another in Iraq or Catholics and Protestants could do so in Northern Ireland.

    'They have the same God, yet they still kill one another,' he said. 'Violence can never be the right way. We have to find a human solution to problems.'
    I don't see how this conflicts with what I said.

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    Re: Should Obama meet the Dali Lama?

    Quote Originally Posted by SBu View Post
    I don't see how this conflicts with what I said.
    i don't see his words be those of someone summoning 'resistance'
    but then maybe you see him as advocating passive resistance. and to that end, i would agree with you
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    Re: Should Obama meet the Dali Lama?

    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    i don't see his words be those of someone summoning 'resistance'
    but then maybe you see him as advocating passive resistance. and to that end, i would agree with you
    Resistance doesn't mean fighting necessarily, and that is what I meant.

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