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China Expert's Perspective on Obama-His Holiness the Dalai Lama Meeting

February 28, 2010

Central Tibertan Administration (CTA)
February 26, 2010

Dharamshala -- The meeting between US President
Barack Obama and His Holiness the Dalai Lama
sends a message from the international community
that the Tibetan issue is not something to be
manipulated by the Chinese government free from
the scrutiny of the rest of the world, said Chin
Jin, an M.A. graduate of the University of
Western Sydney and Chair of the Federation For A Democratic China, Australia.

"The Tibetan issue and the sale of arms to Taiwan
are what the Chinese government refers to as
domestic affairs in which it spares no effort to
prevent the international community from
meddling. However, the international community
does not regard these as merely domestic as
claimed by China. These issues as highly
controversial in the court of world
opinion,"  Jin wrote in an article on On Line Opinion.

"A Chinese government spokesperson suggested that
the meeting between Obama and the Dalai Lama
would severely harm the feelings of the Chinese
people. In fact, the majority of the Chinese
populace is not aware of, concerned with, nor
cares about this meeting," Jin said.

"The purpose of the Chinese government in
admonishing the White House repeatedly before the
meeting, saying "this will harm the feelings of
Chinese people and will undermine the interests
of China", and so on, was to abort the meeting
before it took place. From President Obama's
point of view, however, he cannot change the
tradition for US Presidents to meet the Dalai
Lama, one which has lasted for 20 years," he said.

During his meeting with His Holiness the Dalai
Lama at the White House on 18 February, President
Obama reaffirmed his strong support for the
preservation of Tibet’s unique religious,
cultural and linguistic identity and the
protection of human rights for Tibetans. He
encouraged His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the
Chinese leadership to engage in direct dialogue
to resolve differences. President Obama and His
Holiness agreed on the importance of a positive
and cooperative relationship between the United States and China.

Truth will prevail

"The Chinese government blames the Dalai Lama as
a separatist, deliberately misinterpreting the
Dalai Lama's advocacy for autonomy as if he was
seeking independence. This is obviously a
distortion of the facts and will hardly win
international approval, although the government
can indoctrinate the Chinese populace
domestically through partisan propaganda. After
all, this will not withstand the history, and the
truth will speak louder than the propaganda sooner or later," Chin Jin said.

Jin said many world leaders, including prime
ministers and presidents, met with His Holiness
the Dalai Lama despite strong protests from the
Chinese government. He described the Chinese
government's action as “self-defeating” and “diplomatic stupidity”.

He said "in the spirit of building a harmonious
society the Hu Jintao government should deal with
Tibetan issue without being overwheening for fear
of the reality. Tibet is problematic. Beijing
needs courage and wisdom rather outrage and
mightiness. Beijing should evaluate the situation
and seize the opportunity to have the Tibetan
issue finalised once and for all while the
Tibetan spiritual leader, who is greatly esteemed
in the world, is still alive. This will set an
example for the resolution of the issues of other
ethnic regions in China as well as Taiwan."
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