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China Protests Obama-Dalai Lama Meeting

From China’s Xinhua:

Mr. Lama is snuck out the back of the White House past uncollected garbage after meeting with President Barack Obama, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010.

China lodges solemn representations over Obama-Dalai Lama meeting

BEIJING, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) — Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai Friday summoned the U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman and lodged solemn representations over U.S. President Barack Obama’s meeting with the Dalai Lama.

"The U.S. act grossly interfered in China’s internal affairs, gravely hurt the Chinese people’s national sentiments and seriously damaged the Sino-U.S. ties, " said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu in a further statement Friday.

In spite of China’s strong opposition, U.S. President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met respectively with the Dalai Lama in Washington on Thursday.

"Tibet is an inalienable part of the inviolable territory of China, and the issues concerning Tibet are purely internal affairs of China," Ma said.

China firmly opposes leaders or government officials of any country meeting the Dalai Lama in any form, and also firmly opposes any country or anyone using the Dalai Lama issue to interfere in its internal affairs, he added.

"The Dalai Lama’s words and deeds have shown that he is not a pure religious figure, but a political exile who has all along been engaged in separatist activities under the pretext of religion," the spokesman said.

The U.S. side allowed the Dalai Lama to visit the United States and arranged its president and other political leader to meet with him, which grossly violated the basic norms governing the international relations, and ran counter to the principles set forth in the three China-U.S. joint communiques and the China-U.S. joint statement, Ma said.

"It also went against the repeated commitments by the U.S. government that the U.S. recognizes Tibet as part of China and gives no support to ‘Tibet independence’", he said, stressing China expressed strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition against such a move.

The determination of the Chinese government and the Chinese people to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity is firm and unshakable, and anyone who attempts to use the Dalai Lama issue to interfere in China’s internal affairs is doomed to failure, said Ma.

He demanded the U.S. seriously consider China’s stance, immediately adopt measures to wipe out the baneful impact and stop conniving and supporting anti-China separatist forces that seek "Tibet independence."

The U.S. should stop interfering in China’s internal affairs and make concrete actions to maintain healthy and steady growth of China-U.S. relations, he said

This should go a long way towards getting China to back us in our further sanctions against Iran.

For the record, there are two other related stories currently up at Xinhua.


What’s behind Obama-Dalai Lama meeting?


In which we are told that Mr. Obama’s “unwise” meeting with the Dalai Lama was a dangerous reflection of the US’s continuing cold war/colonialist attitude towards China.

And even more ominously:

U.S. zero benchmark interest could lead to global asset bubbles


In which we learn that given the current monetary policies of the US — especially the Federal Reserve’s artificially low interest rate — now might be a good time to unload US debt before the global bubble bursts.

Advice China would appear to be already taking.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, February 19th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “China Protests Obama-Dalai Lama Meeting”

  1. proreason says:

    Is China the hand and Obamy the glove?

    Or is Obamy the hand and China the glove?

    • tranquil.night says:

      Yes along those lines, what remains a mystery to me is if mass money came here from China in 2008 because we were still the safest game in town while the rest of the world collapsed – or if they explicitly knew what Barack Obama sought to do and saw a once-in-an-era opportunity to manipulate our currency by financing the irresponsible debt. The hand or the glove; I’d place a small wager that Goldman-Sachs is the wrist or fulcrum to this see-saw like they were in Greece.

  2. Confucius says:

    Goldman Sachs is the hand, Obama the glove and China the rectum.

  3. canary says:

    Obama even ignored China’s threat to call payment on their loan, just so he’d have an ethnic picture with bare-foot Dalai Lama for the family photo album.

    and now this. “…is doomed to failure, said Ma.”

    China kept Obama’s stumbling drunken visit from the media, since the bow was enough.

  4. GL0120 says:

    What a slap to the Buddhists, Bertha Lewis gets to use the front door, Andy Stern gets to use the front door, but the leader of the Buddhists is unceremoniously ushered out the back door.
    I guess TCO’s balls are only so big; he’ll risk offending the Chinese by meeting with the Dali Lama but try to appease them by pushing him out the back door when the meeting’s over.
    Do you think the Dali Lama at least got an autographed picture of Our Dear Leader to take home with him?

  5. jobeth says:

    Bowing to muslim leaders, followed by repeated insults to our English, French and other allies and now…showing the (back, garbage strewn) door to the Dalai Lama.

    Is there no end to his ignorance and uncouth behavior?

    I can just see him now, He’s on the phone to China…”Don’t worry bro…I showed him the back door…I dissed him for you”

    Just add the Dalai Lama to the growing list of insulted allies and friends of the Us.

    This is truly disgraceful and yet another thing this so called leader of the free world necessitates we Americans must apologise for. I truly hope the Dalai Lama as well as our other allies understand these insults are only coming from the ” I won” and not the rest of us.

    I hope they can hold out for 2012 when we will replace him with someone who understands how to treat valued foreign guests inappropriately.

    Oddly I think even the Chinese will breath a sigh of relief once he’s gone.

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