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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Thanks Mr Obama


Thank you Mr Obama for receiving the Dalai Lama at The White House (though at a low profile, as papers say).


I'm not talking for political reasons. I know reasons are never all at on side only.


Nevertheless I can't help observing the U.S.A., also in this event, have given an example of democracy.


Nobody is perfect in the world but we have to be able to distinguish(and sometimes choose) between good and evil; between freedom and oppression; between democracy and dictatorship.


Every people in the world have the right to self governement, basically according to their own culture, traditions and beliefs.


To know more By Mail Foreign Service on DM on line


The Dalai Lama and U.S president Barack Obama met for the first time at the White House today, defying furious protests from China.
The two Nobel Peace Prize winners seemed intent on keeping the meeting low-key, in order avoid worsening tensions between the two countries.
The Tibetan spiritual leader, who was also denied a meeting in the Oval office, left via a side entrance where rubbish bags were piled up and The White House didn't release photos of the meeting until several hours afterwards.

Men of peace meet: The Dalai Lama and Barack Obama during their meeting at The White House
Wearing sandals and burgundy robes, he said he had expressed to Mr Obama his admiration for the U.S. as a 'champion of democracy, freedom, human values'.
The Dalai Lama also pictured touching snow heaps shovelled to the side of White House paths following recent blizzards in Washington.

Not-so-grand exit: The Dalai Lama leaves the White House via an exit where rubbish bags are kept on the ground following his meeting with Barack Obama
China, which is increasingly at odds with the U.S. over currency exchanges, Taiwan arms sales and internet censorship, said the meeting would further damage ties.
But, by going ahead, Mr Obama may be trying to show his resolve against increasingly assertive Chinese leaders after facing criticism for being too soft on them during his trip to China in November.
Earlier, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said dismissively of the visit: ‘Chinese officials have known about this and their reaction is their reaction.’

His meeting with Mr Obama was delibately low profile because of China's outrage
Although admired by millions around the world as a man of peace, the Dalai Lama is accused by Beijing of being a dangerous separatist who foments unrest in Tibet.
The White House insisted America and China - the world’s largest and third-biggest economies respectively - have a ‘mature relationship’ capable of withstanding disagreements.
But mindful of Chinese sensitivities, the White House sought to strike a balance in the Dalai Lama’s visit.

The Dalai Lama said he admired America's stance on freedom
The President is also currently attempting to secure China's help in settling North Korean and Iranian nuclear standoffs.
So, seeking to avoid alienating Beijing, Mr Obama had delayed meeting the Dalai Lama until after first seeing Chinese leaders during his Asia trip last year.


During today’s visit, Mr Obama - like his White House predecessors - denied the Dalai Lama the symbolism of meeting in the Oval Office.
Instead, they met in the lesser-known Map Room. Such distinctions signalled to China that the Tibetan monk was not being received as a political leader.
The Dalai Lama entered the White House out of sight of journalists, and the talks were closed to media coverage.
The White House planned to release a photograph later.
But honouring the Dalai Lama could still help Obama burnish his administration’s credentials among human rights activists.
They accuse him of focusing on global issues with Beijing at the expense of promoting Chinese democratic reforms.
Ahead of the talks, Tibetans living near the Dalai Lama’s birthplace welcomed the White House meeting with a defiant show of fireworks.
The midnight display along a valley dotted with Tibetan Buddhist monasteries was a reminder that the Dalai Lama remains a potent figure in his homeland.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1251888/Dalai-Lama-meet-Barack-Obama-U-S-defies-protests-China.html#ixzz0eddaTmcn

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