Registration / Login
War and Peace

 Hot news

Heavy artillery fire around Ukraine rebel city Donetsk
Russia backs Ukraine rebel vote despite West criticism
Putin Asks Parliament to Approve Military Action in Ukraine
Gazprom plans Ukraine bypass
Main page » News » View
Printable version
Obama to host Dalai Lama at White House
16.07.11 09:12 Asia rising
US President Barack Obama will host the Dalai Lama at the White House on Saturday, a meeting certain to draw a sharp rebuke from China.

Obama last met with Tibets spiritual leader in February, after the White House had delayed a meeting scheduled months earlier. Meetings between the US presidents and the exiled Dalai Lama typically prompt denouncements from Beijing. The meeting will be behind closed doors.

This meeting underscores the presidents strong support for the preservation of Tibets unique religious, cultural and linguistic identity and the protection of human rights for Tibetans, the White House said in a statement Friday night.

The president will highlight his enduring support for dialogue between the Dalai Lamas representatives and the Chinese government to resolve differences, the White House added.

The Chinese government views the Dalai Lama as the key figure advocating Tibets independence, and resents meetings between him and other world leaders.

 
16.07.11 09:55
China asks Obama not to meet Dalai Lama

China on Saturday asked US President Barack Obama to revoke his decision to meet the Dalai Lama and not to "interfere in Chinese internal affairs", foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said.

After the White House announced the meeting to be held Saturday, the ministry and the Chinese ambassador to the United States lodged a "solemn representation" against it, Hong said in a statement on the ministrys website.

Beijing calls on Washington "to immediately revoke its decision to hold a meeting between Obama and the Dalai Lama" and to "honour its serious commitment that recognises Tibet as part of China", the statement said.

"We are firmly opposed to any foreign politician meeting the Dalai Lama in any form whatsoever," it said, warning the US administration against any action that "could harm US-Chinese relations".

The White House made the announcement late Friday after a long silence on whether Obama would meet the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, who was to leave Saturday after an 11-day visit to Washington to lead thousands in a Buddhist meditation ritual.

The visit comes at a delicate moment in relations between the two Pacific powers, with rising tensions in the South China Sea between Beijing and five other countries in the region that also lay claim to strategic waters there.

The White House said Obama would "highlight his enduring support for dialogue between the Dalai Lamas representatives and the Chinese government to resolve differences".

The Dalai Lama, who enjoys wide popularity in the United States, has lived in exile since 1959. The Nobel Peace Prize winner, a declared pacifist, says he is peacefully seeking rights for Tibetans and accepts Chinese rule.

But Beijing insists that he is a "splittist" bent on dividing China and regularly protests his meetings overseas.

 Orphus: ORPS

Archive
Forum
     .

 Exclusiveread more rss

» Barack Obamathe Worlds Loneliest Leader
» Pan Handling in the Debtors Prison, The NEW Service Economy
» Monsanto Plays GMO Deception Game
» The Fracked-up USA Shale Gas Bubble
» Monopoly, the Board Game, Getting Past Go & the Next Best Thing
» Mali Islamists have destructive power of army: colonel
» Repatriation of the Petrol D0llar
» No Wonder China is Nervous as Obama Pivots

 Newsread more rss

» Pentagon: NATO soldier died in Lithuania
» Raytheon to provide the Qatar with Advanced IAMD Command and Control System
» Spain rejects Catalan self-determination after vote
» US Republican leader slams climate target agreement as "unrealistic plan"
» Heavy artillery fire around Ukraine rebel city Donetsk
» APEC plaits economics and politics
» Russian Tors at INDO DEFENCE EXPO & FORUM 2014
» Russia backs Ukraine rebel vote despite West criticism

 Reportsread more rss

» No Russians among Slavyansk self-defense forces NYT reporters
» In Crimea, Russia Showcases a Rebooted Army
» Kosovo vs Crimea - Good Independence vs Bad Referendum
» Americas GM Grain Surpluses: Sowing the Seeds of Famine in Ethiopia
» Ghana hopes to shield economy from African oil curse
» The CIA, Qatar, and the Creation of Syrias Jabhat al Nusra
» Nuclear Race on the Subcontinent
» Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Corporate Power-Tool Of The 1%

 Commentariesread more rss

» The Sino-American comedy of errors
» Rouhanis economic package is empty
» Im confused, can anyone help me?
» Et tu, Gul? Then fall, Erdogan
» Talbotts legacy haunts US-Russia ties
» Chinas influence spreads to Atlantic
» Back to Recession
» Into a protectionist world

 Analysisread more rss

» Has Washington Just Shot Itself in the Oily Foot?
» Testing the Limits: Chinas Expanding Role in the South Sudanese Civil War
» And Now, Ladies an Gentlemen: Obamas War on Ebola
» Will El Salvador become another Venezuela?
» American fits over Putin
» A Latin American Euro? The Regions First Steps Towards A Unique Currency -- What Is The Sucre?
» Syria in-depth analysis: Where the anti-Assad coalition went wrong
» Dysfunction trilogy
 
text version 2006-2014 Inca Group "War and Peace"