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Obama Ducks Tibet Controversy

November 15, 2009

Anita Siegfriedt
Fox News (USA)
November 13, 2009

Before departing Tokyo, President Obama will
deliver an address on how the future of the
United States is linked to Asia and the Pacific
region - conspicuously leaving out any mention of Tibet.

Speaking to an audience of 1500, the President
will touch upon many key issues, including
nuclear disarmament, global warming and the global economy.

In a preview of the President’s speech, Deputy
National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said Mr.
Obama would not mention the territory in his
remarks but would discuss the United States’
“commitment to the rights and freedoms that we believe all people should have."

President Obama was criticized by some for his
refusal to meet with the spiritual leader of
Tibet, the Dalai Lama, when he visited
Washington, D.C. earlier this year. He became the
first sitting president to do so in nearly two decades.

National Security Council Senior Director for
East Asian Affairs, Jeffrey Bader, told reporters
during a conference call earlier this week, that
President Obama met with the Dalai Lama when he
was a senator and is prepared to meet with him
again at "the appropriate time." Bader also went
on to say that the Mr. Obama is expected to raise
human rights concerns with President Hu when he
meets with the Chinese leader on Tuesday.
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