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Deplorable for Obama to meet Dalai Lama

February 5, 2010

China Daily (People's Republic of China)
February 3, 2010

BEIJING, Feb. 4 -- It is pathetic to see that
U.S. President Barack Obama is likely to succumb
to domestic politics and go ahead with a plan to meet the Dalai Lama.

The fact that the meeting is still being planned,
as confirmed by White House spokesman Bill Burton
on Tuesday, bodes ill for Sino-U.S. relations,
already battered by the latest announcement of a
6.4-billion-U.S.-dollar arms sale package to Taiwan.

The long-term U.S. policy of publicly supporting
the Dala Lama stems from the Cold War mentality,
which requires Washington to use all means to
contain what it believes threats from communist
China. Declassified U.S. intelligence documents
reveal that for much of the 1960s, the CIA
provided the Tibetan exile movement with 1.7
million U.S. dollars a year for operations
against China, including an annual subsidy of
180,000 U.S. dollars for the Dalai Lama himself.

Times have changed. But those ideology-driven
politicians and China bashers in the United
States still don't realize that the ground has
shifted beneath them. They still persist with
this meeting with the Dalai Lama as a ritual to
trumpet what they believe are "core democratic principles."

Yes, the meeting may serve as a morale booster
for Tibetan separatists. It may appear as a
symbolic act to show the U.S. on "moral high
ground." But it will never change the fact that
Tibet was, is, and will always be part of China.

Obama, with all his intelligence, of course knows
the nature of the meeting and its ramifications.
It would be deplorable if he decides to continue
playing this age-old dull political game that
will serve no interests for the U.S. but only stoke anger among the Chinese.

As the president of the world's only superpower,
Obama is free to meet anybody at anytime on his
own soil. But just don't paint this farce with a
moral hue. We call that audacity of shame.
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