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Subject: Refreshing change from Obama admin. US lashes at China against their anti-Dalai Lama posturing
Le Zookeeper    11/6/2009 2:13:51 PM
New Delhi, November 6: Ahead of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, a top US official said he was free to go anywhere as a religious figure. "The Dalai Lama is a religious leader and he, of course, can travel to carry out that role," US Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero said. "He (Dalai Lama) is visiting a monastery, a holy place. And from our perspective, this is one of the roles that he plays," she said when asked for her reaction to Chinese protest over the Tibetan leader's visit to Tawang from Sunday. Otero said US President Barack Obama would be visiting China this month and Tibet would certainly be one of the issues for discussion with the Chinese leaders. (With PTI inputs)|6380959|6383321|6383322|6379032&nextIndex=2
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Zhang Fei    Once again, Herc the anti-American Indian zealot gets carried away   11/10/2009 12:22:43 AM
Bush met with the Dalai Lama four months after he took office in 2001. The Bush administration never had anything negative to say about the Dalai Lama's itinerary throughout both terms. Meanwhile, Ogabe still has not met the Dalai Lama after 10 months in office. (But he hasn't visited Fort Hood after the troop massacre by the Muslim traitor either). But what the heck, Herc is fine with Ogabe as long as he continues to weaken America, thereby strengthening India in relative terms:
May 23, 2001 Posted: 11:52 p.m. EDT (0352 GMT)
The Dalai Lama has described a meeting in Washington with U.S. President George W. Bush as "excellent," much like "when two old friends" get together for a reunion.

"I very much appreciate his human warmth," Tibet's exiled spiritual leader told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

The meeting with Bush was held despite angry complaints from China. China sees the Dalai Lama as a supporter of independence for Tibet, which it regards as Chinese territory.

The Dalai Lama said he told President Bush that "China is a great nation, very important nation. Therefore, China should not isolate."

He emphasized that "I am not seeking independence, I am seeking genuine autonomy."

He told the president that the next time Bush meets with Chinese officials, "he can show to the Chinese leaders, I am not seeking independence."

The Dalai Lama also said China is "in the process of changing. Therefore, I am optimistic."

"China proper -- no matter how powerful a nation -- is still part of the world. So China sooner or later has to go according to the global trend," he said. "So that's democracy, openness ... freedom."

Asked if he planned to return to Tibet, the exiled leader smiled broadly. "Oh, yes," he replied. "When, I don't know."

No ordinary religious figure

The White House said Bush received the Dalai Lama as a religious leader, not a political one. Chinese Foreign Ministry representative Zhu Bangzao, however, said Tuesday that "the Dalai Lama is no ordinary religious figure."

"He's a political exile engaged in separatist activities," Zhu said. "China has long opposed his visit to the United States and any official meetings and contacts between him and the U.S. administration."

Zhu called the Bush administration's agreeing to meet with the Dalai Lama -- and an unrelated stopover in New York City by Chen Shui-Bian, the president of Taiwan, also regarded by the Chinese as separatist -- "rude interference" in China's domestic affairs.

Wednesday's meeting took place in Bush's White House residence, avoiding -- as did his predecessor, Bill Clinton -- meeting the spiritual leader in official White House offices.

But officials noted the meeting was more formal than any of Clinton's meetings with the Dalai Lama.

"The president reiterated the strong commitment of the United States to support the preservation of Tibet's unique religious, cultural and linguistic identity and the protection of the human rights of all Tibetans," the White House said in a statement released after the morning meeting.

The statement also said Bush told the Dalai Lama he would support the spiritual leader's efforts to begin a dialogue with Chinese leaders "and expressed his hope that the Chinese government would respond favorably."

The Dalai Lama met Tuesday with U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, who he said "listened very keenly" to his ideas about promoting human and religious rights.

The Dalai Lama's visit to Washington coincides with Beijing marking the 50th anniversary of the treaty between Tibet and China that made the Himalayan nation part of China. Beijing refers to the event as the "peaceful liberation" of Tibet.

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Le Zookeeper    Please    11/11/2009 11:44:35 PM
The US government & thus u and to some extent me are knee deep in debt to the Chicoms. Hypocrisy has its limits. My finances do not depend on US debt to China ->HA!!!
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