Obama to host Dalai Lama at White House

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  1. Razor

    Razor CIDs from Tamilnadu Senior Member

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    Obama to host Dalai Lama at White House

    Read @ Source: BBC News - Obama to host Dalai Lama at White House
     
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    W.G.Ewald Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2 Defence Professionals

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    In 2011 visit was low-profile, garbage at White House back door was high-profile.

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    I was going to post the same that caught my attention when i saw the news on NYT. Is that picture from 2011. There is another from recent article.

    Ignoring China’s protest, Obama hosts Dalai Lama - The Washington Post

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    The image of the garbage is predominant. Was that on-purpose ... is it not a issue because it happens all the time :confused:.
     
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    The issue was that the made His Holiness enter and leave by the back door, to placate Chinese.
     
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    I understand reason but i am asking was it on purpose to show garbage. I am not discussing the Tibet policy. I only ask because the White House is the DOS playground and it controls what, why, when and how to the pin drop. They are able to control the pictures and even the people in the picture. They are able to control the release of the pictures.

    This only leads to ask why the garbage (its a huge eye sore). It is placating the Chinese a lot because this image life expiration is far longer compared to the words that were mentioned. Mind i ask is there a fear if the Chinese are not placated in such a way there would be disturbance to some balance in mind.

    Another explanation is that this is normal in the USA what the fuss (who cares). This happens all the time even the President walks through that area and even smokes his fags there (cigarette smoking is bad and no promotion here) and even the Secretary of [x] has entered and left through that area with the garbage. This happens all the time what the fuss. -> In diplomatic language and relationship it is a significant.

    On the other side is that this slipped through the DOS cracks and was not picked up and is not out in the open. Procedure, training, management and more.

    I hope you are understanding why the above is brought up. It is the skillfulness and aptitude of the DOS and international relations of the Obama administration that is being discussed. There is a assumption that DOS and USA international relations is of high quality. Are those standards being met.
     
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    All said and done, it has left China hopping mad and tearing their hair!
     
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    Agreed. But when the news was shown to me the above (garbage) picture was prominent within the body of the article - when it ought to have been the words that were spoken. Perhaps too much is read into it (a bit like some other issues recently the Americans will say - A bit like there was only one backdoor. )
     
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    All is but an extension of domestic politics. Simply put, Obama replays Lama card to show he stands up to China so as to earn some brownie points in the upcoming congressional mid-term ELECTION. Then in return the spokesperson of Chinese FM would just do the routine of condemning...

    "All for appearance" - by House of Cards
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    What has Lama also come up with? http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2...visit-to-a-washington-shrine-to-free-markets/
     
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    China summons US diplomat over Obama-Dalai meeting - The Times of India

    BEIJING: China summoned US charge d'affaires here and lodged a strong diplomatic protest after President Barack Obama met the Dalai Lama at the White House despite warnings from Beijing that the meeting would damage ties.

    Vice-foreign minister Zhang Yesui summoned Daniel Kritenbrink, charge d'affaires of the US embassy in China, on Friday night to lodge solemn representations for Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama disregarding China's strong opposition, the Foreign Ministry here said in a statement.

    Zhang said such a wrong move gravely interfered in China's internal affairs, seriously violated the US commitment of not supporting the "Tibet independence", gravely violated basic norms governing the international relations and seriously undermined the China-US relations.

    "China expresses strong indignation and firm opposition," Zhang said.

    The meeting is a serious violation of the basic norms of international relations and caused serious damage to the US-China relations, the statement was quoted by the state-run Xinhua news agency as saying.

    Obama offered "strong support" for Tibetans' human rights as he met the Dalai Lama.

    Obama, during the meeting, extended support to the Dalai Lama's "Middle Way" approach of neither assimilation nor independence for Tibetans in China.

    The US announcement of Obama's third meeting with the Tibetan spiritual leader drew a sharp reaction from China, which has long opposed foreign dignitaries meeting the Dalai Lama who fled to India in 1959.

    Earlier, China lodged diplomatic protest soon after the White House announced the meeting and later the foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying sought its cancellation saying it would seriously impair bilateral ties.

    Hua told a media briefing that "we are deeply concerned and have lodged solemn representations with the US side."

    "We must point out that Tibet-related affairs fall entirely within the internal affairs of China which allow no foreign interference. The Dalai Lama is a political exile who has long been engaged in anti-China separatist activities under the cloak of religion", she said.

    "By arranging a meeting between the President and the Dalai Lama, the US side will grossly interfere in the internal affairs of China, seriously violate norms governing international relations and severely impair China-US relations," Hua had said ahead of the meeting.

    Obama and the Dalai Lama - both Nobel Peace Prize laureates - have met twice before in 2010 and 2011, drawing similar protests from China.
     

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