President Obama Should Meet Dalai Lama In White House
While there are many reasons we need to have a working relationship with China so to form coalitions regarding trade, Iran, and global warming concerns it is also obvious the United States can not be made a tool of China. There has long been a profoundly troubled relationship between China and the Dalai Lama. The reasons for the strife can not be placed at the feet of the Dalai Lama, but instead directly on the shoulders of the communist giant. As such, there should be no doubt whatsoever the US reaction to the latest missive from China concerning President Obama and the Dalai Lama’s meeting in the next few weeks. President Obama needs to meet with the Dalai Lama and (here is the hot sauce in the eye) should do so in the White House. (Now I know that will never happen, but it should.) The Dalai Lama deserves our respect, and his people our understanding. Nothing would make that more clear than a White House meeting. Would it create tensions with China? Yes, but the last months have also produced differences on a wide range of issues anyway. Should we not do the right thing out of concern more tensions might mount? That is not the way to construct a moral and principled foreign policy. Therefore I hope that President Obama opts for a high profile meeting with the Dalai Lama.
China has warned that ties with the US would be undermined if US President Barack Obama met the Dalai Lama.
There is speculation that Mr Obama will meet the Tibetan spiritual leader in Washington later this month, but no date has been confirmed.
Communist Party official Zhu Weiqun said such a meeting would “threaten trust and co-operation” between Beijing and Washington.