Thursday, February 20, 2014

China threatens damaged relations if US continues to meet with Dalai Lama

In the past there was a lot of buzz about the public protests of monks in China.  They were burning themselves alive, and sacrificing their lives in what they believed in, independence for Tibet.  Many people then became concerned, advocated for their rights and freedom.  Controversy arose, and the U.S. was crossed with the decision of help the people of Tibet or keep relations with China peaceful.  Not much was done, other than the occasional concerned opinion of bystanders.  the news eventually died down, and moved from the center of viewers attention, yet the protests still continued.  Over many years there were ideas of peace talks. Dalai Lama the leader of the Tibetans attended them and tried to negotiate, yet in the end the peace talks ended.
 Now regarding the article, the now exiled Dalai Lama has been hosted at the White House to meet President Barack Obama.  China has urged that these talks stop, because it will result in relations between the US and China to be damaged.  The US clearly stated they were not taking sides, but they were concerned with the human-rights situation for the Tibetans, and therefore they will continue the talks with Dalai Lama. 
Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council, said Mr. Obama would meet the Dalai Lama "in his capacity as an internationally respected religious and cultural leader".
"We do not support Tibetan independence," she said, adding that the US "strongly supports human rights and religious freedom in China.

The Dalai Lama says in the peace talks he still highly recommends, "a middle way" for peace and autonomy, not independence.

Even though the US stated they were not choosing sides with either Dalai Lama and his movement for Tibetan peace of China, it seems as if the US is criticizing China's treatment of Tibetans.  Even if its not said, it is obvious that the US sides with Tibet and wants to create more equality for them and religious freedom.  There is also another thought that the US might be holding these talks to appease some groups of people who are concerned with the happenings of China, and would like to get them off their backs, by creating some action for concern.  Meeting with Dalai Lama is right in the middle of harmless yet powerful, China can't really cause a scene and activists can be satisfied.  Quite a smart move on the US account of maintaining low profiles so there are no ripple sin the water.

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