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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Meeting With Dalai Lama Called Unwise

February 18, 2010

by EU News Network and OfficialWire
February 17, 2010

NEW YORK, NY -- U.S. President Barack Obama needs
to spend more time with Chinese leaders to
improve ties rather than meet with Dalai Lama, an expert says.

It would be "unwise" for Obama to meet with the
Tibetan spiritual leader as that would negatively
affect Sino-U.S. relations, Fred Teng, a member
of the National Committee on U.S.-China
Relations, wrote in a commentary that ran on the Huffington Post Web site.

Obama, whose meeting with the Buddhist leader has
been pending since last November, has scheduled
it for Thursday at the White House.

"We need more constructive relations between the
United States and China and it will be in the
best interest of both the American and Chinese
people," wrote Teng, who also is chief executive
officer of NewsChina magazine and president of
the Chinese Community Relations Council.

Official Chinese media in recent week have been
issuing a barrage of tirades and criticisms
against the United States on issues such as the
Dalai Lama meeting, arms sales to Taiwan, trade
disputes and the U.S. demand China allow its currency to appreciate.

Teng said bilateral relations have been rocked by
a number of geopolitical crises, some unforeseen
and others a result of archaic policies that
"should no longer exist in our current political climate."

"During this critical time, President Obama
should focus on building a constructive
relationship with China, and not divert his
attention from the end goal of building mutual
understanding and trust," Teng wrote.
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