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What is Dalai Lama's intention of meeting with Obama?
    Date:04-22-2011 Source:《新闻实践》 Author:    

Long has the Dalai Lama been dealing with the Central Government under the banner of peace.

    Early this February, 15 months after the Dalai Lama's announcement of suspension of talks, the Dalai Lama's private envoys Lodi Gyari and Kelsang Gyaltsen visited Beijing and started a new round of negotiation with the Central Government. This movement by the Dalai Clique seemed to reveal the Dalai Lama's wish of settling his future through peaceful talk.

However, before long, the Dalai Lama ignored the serious warning from the Chinese Government and insisted in meeting U.S. President Obama, knowing that this meeting will further aggravate the relationship between him and the Central Government.

    What is the Dalai Lama's intention of making this movement challenging China's core interest shortly after the start of new negotiations?

    Noticed by all observers, the Dalai Lama's persistence in meeting Obama reveals that he needs to be met by foreign political leaders to prove his existence.

    German ethnologists Ingo Nentwig, who has conducted his research in Tibet many times, believed that the Dalai Lama's political claim was doubted in the international community and many more people learned more about certain relevant issues. The Dalai Lama had to strive in international activities to change this status quo. It is a great opportunity for him to recommend himself to meet Obama on February 18.

    The Dalai Lama visited U.S. twice in 2009 and was not met by Obama. Obama's refusal to meet the Dalai Lama last October made his clique very depressed.

    Due to a frayed temper, Samdong, the so-called chief minister of the Dalai Clique, made this statement; "Many nations are carrying out an appeasement policy and even U.S. is following a certain kind of appeasement policy." In various occasions, Samdong claimed that "U.S. and other western countries are pleasing China as its economy grows stronger."

    However, after hearing Obama's acceptance of a meeting with the Dalai Lama on February 18, the Dalai Clique changed its tune immediately.

    On February 16, Tenzin Taklha, the Dalai Lama's spokesman, stated that "The meeting of President Obama with the Dalai Lama reveals that the international community is highly concerned about the Tibet issue. It also sends a strong signal to China that it is time to solve this problem."

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