White House Press Release on Dalai Lama Visit and the Chinese Reaction

By , February 19, 2010

On Thursday, immediately following President Barack Obama’s meeting with the Dalai Lama, the White House issued the below press release and photo:

Official White House Photo of President Obama and Dalai Lama

Official White House Photo of President Obama and Dalai Lama

Statement from the Press Secretary on the President’ s Meeting with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama

“The President met this morning at the White House with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama.  The President stated his strong support for the preservation of Tibet’s unique religious, cultural and linguistic identity and the protection of human rights for Tibetans in the People’s Republic of China. The President commended the Dalai Lama’s “Middle Way” approach, his commitment to nonviolence and his pursuit of dialogue with the Chinese government.  The President stressed that he has consistently encouraged both sides to engage in direct dialogue to resolve differences and was pleased to hear about the recent resumption of talks.  The President and the Dalai Lama agreed on the importance of a positive and cooperative relationship between the United States and China.”

Meanwhile, in China, the state-run news agency Xinhua, issued what appears to be a fairly tepid response given the Chinese government’s prior saber rattling:

China urges concrete U.S. actions to maintain healthy ties after Obama-Dalai meeting

BEIJING, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) — China urged the United States early Friday morning to take concrete actions for healthy development of bilateral ties after U.S. President Barack Obama’s meeting with the Dalai Lama.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said in a statement it was regardless of China’s repeated solemn representations for the U.S. to obstinately arrange the meeting between Obama and the Dalai Lama.

“The U.S. act grossly violated the norms governing the international relations, and ran counter to the principles set forth in the three China-U.S. joint communiques and the China-U.S. joint statement,” he said.

2 Responses to “White House Press Release on Dalai Lama Visit and the Chinese Reaction”

  1. Stevelaudig says:

    What would Lincoln’s reaction have been to a British prime minister meeting with Jefferson Davis? Setting aside religious leader aspects this seems to be an analogy worth examining. Similarly, with reference to Taiwan, what would the USA’s reaction be to Great Britain’s allowing weapons to built on British soil and transferred to the CSA? See the Alabama Case. Back when the USA gave lip service to the laws of nations.

  2. Earl Grey says:

    That seems to be expected of both the Dalai and Xinhua.
    The West and China often has different slants on issues, and it’s impossible to be impartial to the different opinions.
    At least world tensions have cooled to relative pacifism since the Cold War Era.
    Previous confrontations between Obama and China seems to show Obama as cooperative BUT weak, and China very strong due to its financial position (creditor to the US).

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