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China Angry Over Obama-Dalai Lama Meeting

FILE - Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama speaks before members of the Japanese parliament, at the upper house members' office building in Tokyo, Nov. 13, 2012.FILE - Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama speaks before members of the Japanese parliament, at the upper house members' office building in Tokyo, Nov. 13, 2012.
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FILE - Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama speaks before members of the Japanese parliament, at the upper house members' office building in Tokyo, Nov. 13, 2012.
FILE - Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama speaks before members of the Japanese parliament, at the upper house members' office building in Tokyo, Nov. 13, 2012.
Shannon Van Sant
China has issued an angry reaction to news that President Obama will meet with the Tibetan spiritual leader Friday at the White House,warning there will be consequences for the U.S. if the meeting is not canceled.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the meeting is a "crude interference" with China’s internal affairs, adding that any foreign country that meets with the Dalai Lama will find its own interests hurt in the end. 

Obama has met with the Dalai Lama twice before, in 2010 and 2011.  China issued similar angry responses to those meetings.  Friday’s meeting will take place in the White House Map Room, not in the Oval Office. 

The Dalai Lama’s visit to the U.S. comes amid rising tensions between China and the U.S. over territorial disputes in the East and South China Seas.  Obama has announced a rebalancing of U.S. foreign policy and military focus to Asia, which some see as a response to China’s growing power in the region. 

Despite China’s warnings, Free Tibet spokesperson Alistair Currie says Obama’s meeting with the Dalai Lama is unlikely to have a negative longterm impact on U.S. China relations. 

“So it does seem that China makes a lot of bluster about this, and it’s attempting to bully world leaders to say, this is our importance.  But of course China is dependent on trade with the rest of the world.  It can only bluff so much,” said Currie.

Since February 2009 more than 126 people have self-immolated in Tibetan areas of China in protest of Chinese government policies. 

The Sichuan provincial government recently issued new regulations that punish families, communities and Buddhist temples of those that self-immolate.  The provisions include seizure of land and assets.  China has called protesters who self-immolate terrorists. 

China has also blamed violence in Xinjiang Province, home to China’s Muslim Uighur minority, on religious extremists and separatists.  More than 100 people have died in violent protests in Xinjiang over the last year.

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by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
March 01, 2014 1:00 AM
Thank you president Obama for admitting that Tibet is part of China!


by: Wangchuk from: NY
February 28, 2014 11:53 AM
Thank you to Pres. Obama for meeting the Dalai Lama of Tibet. I wish all world leaders acted like Obama and stop kowtowing everytime China throws a temper tantrum. China should stop interfering in the internal affairs of other countries. Who world leaders meet on their own soil is an internal affair & no business of the PRC.


by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
February 25, 2014 9:09 AM
Dalai was a slave master and a dictator! It's the communist liberated all Tibetan slaves! Thanks God!

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by: Wangchuk from: NYC
February 28, 2014 11:55 AM
Where did you learn that? In PRC or CCP school? 50 Cent Gang member Huang does nothing but parrot CCP propaganda in his support for Chinese colonialism in Tibet. The Dalai Lama is more respected around the world than any CCP leader. Many Chinese people also respect the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama is about peace, compassion & freedom while the CCP is for colonialism, imperialism, Han chauvinism and repression.

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by: hai from: usa
February 28, 2014 9:47 AM
Why you are in Canada, Huang? Go back to your Chinese commie.
China should be kicked out of Tibet, Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, Manchuria.


by: historian from: London
February 23, 2014 6:33 AM
Speaking as someone who has studied, travelled and spoken to many in the China/Tibet/Indian regions, the one thing I have noticed is the disconnect between actual history, history as the Chinese government teach it and the actual experiences of those who live there, and whose ancestors have lived there. Tibet was a free nation officially until 1951. I have spoken to many Tibetans (both monks and civilians), who lived through the PRC annexing of Tibet - and their stories tally with the official history the rest of the World witnessed and reported. The Chinese government have been teaching their people that Tibet was annexed in the thirteenth century. There is no record of a successful annexation of Tibet by China during that time - anywhere - except in modern texts written in China itself since 1951. As they say, the victors are the ones who write the history, or in this case - re-write the history to suit their purposes. All that aside, the Dalai Lama is seen as a World Leader in philosophy (he should be with the amount of earned doctorates he has to his name) and so any leader anywhere in the world should be encouraged to speak with him - he teaches non-violence and peace - something we could all do with hearing and learning, especially now, and extraordinary considering what he and his people have experienced.

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by: remie from: canada
February 24, 2014 7:48 AM
@jonathan huang,
I been reading your response and conclude you are obnoxious , and dumb. You keep telling people to go back home but yet you are in CANADA. Maybe you should go home and read some fairytale history or if you choose to stay , you have freedom to read( real) history. Isnt that why you left China?

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by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
February 24, 2014 12:43 AM
If you can read then you should know Obama admits that Tibet is part of China!
Dalai Lama has to be authorized by Chinese emperor! Actually this title was created by China which equivalent to a governor!


by: oldlamb from: Guangzhou
February 23, 2014 5:26 AM
To review Dalailama's history,anyone knows why he defected to India and was exiled by himself in1950s.He had run Tibetan government as a dictator before 1950s,He was both politician and the leader of religion.What he had done was equivalent to what the pontiffs had done in Middle Ages.Now, would ordinary people admire tibet was run by the pontiffs of unification of the state and the church?

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by: Wangchuk from: NY
February 28, 2014 11:57 AM
This one sounds like yet another 50 Cent Gang member parroting CCP propaganda. Tibetans are more loyal to the Dalai Lama than to China or the CCP and that is a fact. We Tibetans want our country back & CCP out of Tibet.


by: dr reality check from: USA
February 23, 2014 2:56 AM
Red China can conquer other countries in it's quest for imperialism. But, it will never win the respect of a self respecting observer. The nation of Tibet will one day be independent again and the majority population of Chinese colonists will go back to their own country.


by: John Cox from: New Zealand
February 23, 2014 1:16 AM
Do we really care what the Communists think? Should we have kowtowed to the Nazis and Soviets as well, when our politicians spoke to people they didn't approve of? Is the USA independent, or is it controlled by Peking?

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by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
February 24, 2014 12:47 AM
Get out of New Zealand. Aboriginals should have their land back!


by: Derek from: USA
February 22, 2014 4:33 PM
It's okay for China to block charging crime against humanity to heads of N Korea, for systematic killing, raping and torturing.

But it's not okay as far as China is concerned for another world leader to meet one monk who preaches non-violence.

Isn't Chinese commie government a truly evil entity?

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by: Hoang from: Canada
February 23, 2014 6:06 AM
U.S. should have listened to McCarter and dealt with China as imperial Japan following world war 2. U.S. is hypocrite when it traded with Communist government China and supported its growth while sanctioning Vietnam, Cuba, Iran and North Korea. U.S. first support Tibet in 1950's against China invasion and later changed its stance toTibet as part of China, trading human rights to cooperate greed. Now U.S. citizens are growing poorer with few jobs and communist China is growing richer and stronger, flexing its military muscles, claiming entire SCS and east China Sea, bullying China's weaker neighbours, annexing its neighbours territories, killing innocent Vietnamese fishermen, and killing innocent Tibetans and Ughurs. Now U.S. have to deal with its own making with a stronger and confident China.

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by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
February 22, 2014 10:22 PM
Killing innocent Iraqis and afghanis with fake excuses, isn't American government a truly evil entity?
And give America back to aboriginals!


by: Sheila S. Conrads from: Sioux Falls SD USA
February 22, 2014 3:58 PM
Interesting that Mr. Obama is more interested in freedom of religion in Tibet than he is to us Roman Catholics in the USA

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by: dr reality check from: USA
February 23, 2014 2:58 AM
Sheila, the Catholic Church in the US has all of the freedoms that can possibly be granted to any religion or organization. You yourself have the freedom to lie, slander and bare false witness. So, why aren't you happy?


by: Richard from: Cleveland, Ohio
February 22, 2014 1:03 PM
Their was a time that the former Soviet Union and now the Russian Federation loved to flex its muscle in means to authoritate or a means to rule other countries via dictation and former U.S. Presidents have stood firmly against such bogus authority. Unfortunately President Obama bolsters very little back bone to any governing authority; especially the likes/dislikes of China who for some ungodly reason feels it is now in a posture to dictate policy across oceans and such folks like the United States will comply. To hell with China. If his majesty from Tibet elects to seek communication with the United States, who is China to have a say in the matter. Mind your own business Bejiing!

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by: Jonathan Huang from: Canada
February 22, 2014 4:34 PM
Tibet is part of China, even Obama has to agree with it.
Beijing is minding her own business since Tibet IS part of China!
On the other hand mind your own business America! Give the land back to aboriginals! All white or black don't belong to America! Go away! And stop killing innocent Iraqis and afghanis with fake excuses! Shame on you Americans!

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