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    Should Obama meet the Dali Lama?

    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?

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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?
    That is a very good question. And, yes I think he should.

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    Re: Should Obama meet the Dali Lama?

    I think the Dalai Lama is a great man and the US, Obama and probably many other could learn a lot from him. I don't see the harm in this. If China wants to get their panties in a bunch because our leader met with this man then that is their problem. The United States official statement there makes sense and I think they are taking the right approach to this.
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    Re: Should Obama meet the Dali Lama?

    I would like to meet the Dalai Lama, and yes I think Obama should meet with anyone he wants.
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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?
    The president should go ahead and meet with the Dali Lama. He is more of a spiritual leader than a leader of a country in exile. I also feel Tibet should be free to rule itself, but in reality China isn't about to let that happen. Meeting with the Dali Lama and maintaining the status quo is all that can be hoped for at this time.
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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?
    Yes and yes. Hey, it's America. It's what we do.

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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?
    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?
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    Re: Should Obama meet the Dali Lama?

    that official US response is what the chinese actually wanted
    we have affirmed that tibet is china's to govern
    that statement is the death knell to any realistic thoughts of a tibetan independence


    and of course Obama should meet with the Dalai Lama, as he would meet with any other religious/philosophical leader
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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?

    Just to give a brief explanation on that, the US almost never extends honorary citizenship. We have seven recipients in our entire history four of which were posthumous. Of the three one was Churchill, one was Raoul Wallenberg in an effort to get the Soviets to release information and possibly produce his body, and the last was Mother Teresa which was quite controversial and none has been issued since.

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    Re: Should Obama meet the Dali Lama?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    Just to give a brief explanation on that, the US almost never extends honorary citizenship. We have seven recipients in our entire history four of which were posthumous. Of the three one was Churchill, one was Raoul Wallenberg in an effort to get the Soviets to release information and possibly produce his body, and the last was Mother Teresa which was quite controversial and none has been issued since.
    The third one Canada has awarded is Wallenberg, so there's comparable views there.

    Three in Canada's history indicates it's not a frivolous honour for us either.

    Canada has suffered zero reprecussions from China for honouring the Dalai Lama - China is economically pragmatic these days - they need us far more than we need them - the US would be no different.
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