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Tibetan exiles criticize China's stance over Obama-Dalai Lama meeting

February 3, 2010

Macau News
February 2, 2010

Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, Feb 3 (ANI) --
Tibetan exiles have expressed annoyance over
China's opposition to a proposed meeting between
US President Barack Obama and exiled Tibetan
spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, saying it shows China's apprehension.

Claiming the matter to be highly sensitive,
China's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday said that
it was 'resolutely opposed' to any meeting between Obama and the Dalai Lama.

Thubten Samphel, the spokesperson of the Tibetan-
government in exile said in Dharamsala that US
should facilitate dialogue between its envoys and
the representatives of the Chinese government in order to resolve Tibet issue.

Samphel said, "I think it indicates their
nervousness on the issue of Tibet, being what
they call international eyes, that the wider
world recognising that there is problem in Tibet
and China should do something about it."

A Tibetan exile termed China's stance in the matter as ridiculous.

Tenzin, a Tibetan activist said, "I think this is
another ridiculous thing that China has done.
This is a clear sign that they are not ready to
change. They have always been criticising the visit."

"I think this is just another thing that China is
doing and it is really ridiculous," he added.

However, the White House has ignored China's
caveat, saying that Obama still plans to meet the Dalai Lama.

The White House has however, not announced a
schedule till date with respect to Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama.
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