Obama Snubs Dalai Lama To Please China

The New York Times reports:

For the first time in 18 years, the Dalai Lama is visiting Washington this week without stopping by to see the U.S. president.

Tibet’s exiled religious leader — brushed aside by U.S. President Barack Obama in favor of communist China — was saluted at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday for his work for human rights. The presentation ceremony underscored Obama’s dilemma in dealing with China, a growing power and the biggest holder of U.S. debt.

The decision not to meet the Tibetan leader was made amid efforts to improve U.S.-Chinese relations on issues from stemming global warming to reigning in North Korea’s nuclear weapons.

In a statement, Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, top Republican on the Foreign Affairs Committee, accused Obama of “kowtowing to Beijing” by refusing to meet with the 74-year-old monk.

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  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PDDVWRQVUPMKRGHURIEQVNYWHQ Sean

    why should we take sides in an internal matter of a sovereign nation?
    I think we need a better reason than rock stars and richard gere said so.
    Our taking sides in this matter would be like a Russia telling us how to deal right wing secessionists

    • Goldundrose

      By not meeting up with him, he is taking sides.

  • Peetr

    In my opinion:
    If I were President, and had the opportunity to sit and have a conversation with some the greatest minds of this world (and there's many of them in these modern times) I would take the time to listen. It would be a welcome change to the constant drable of interests wanting you to back thier agendas. I sure someone like the Dali Lama refreshing change of pace for the President….

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PDDVWRQVUPMKRGHURIEQVNYWHQ Sean

      he's just another politician, my religion is oppressed throw money at me that they will never see, sounds familiar

  • ioksototeaterofsouls

    Countries only do this when they are shit scared of China. Looks the Obama knows who really owns the USA now, hahahahahah

  • tooshay4me

    I think Obama is just showing his true color!!! He's an IDIOT…always has been….always will be….he needs to go back to the woods where he belongs, but the animals would kick his out too!!!

  • Jan Sørensen

    Obama is a comunist, an that is the reason for pleasing China :-)

  • jonathanstatski

    So much for the Nobel Peace Prize. He should meet with the Dalai Lama.

  • CORELLIE

    HIS WORK AND PHILOSPHY ARE CRAZY MOST OF ORITENTAL CUSTOMS DO NOT PERTAIN TO US BUT I DO BELIEVE BUDDIST ARE SICK!

    • Corey

      I don't understand. Is there any sort of backing to your beliefs or do you just spout out whatever you feel from what you heard from someone else. I am truly interested in hearing why you think Buddhists are sick as it seems like such a preposterous ideal in my mind. Please enlighten me (no pun intended).

  • Corey

    I don’t understand. Is there any sort of backing to your beliefs or do you just spout out whatever you feel from what you heard from someone else. I am truly interested in hearing why you think Buddhists are sick as it seems like such a preposterous ideal in my mind. Please enlighten me (no pun intended).