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What China Demands, Obama Provides

October 6, 2009

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Last April, after the Dalai Lama–the spiritual leader of Tibet–announced his intention to travel to the United States in October, the Communist Chinese gave President Barack Obama a stern warning against meeting with him. China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu made it quite clear that the Chinese, who invaded Tibet and have ruled it with an iron fist since 1950:

Firmly oppose the Dalai’s engagement in separatist activities in any country under whatever capacity and under whatever name. We have made representations to the United States urging the U.S. to honor its commitments and not allow the Dalai to engage in separatist activities in the United States.

This is not the first time the Chinese have threatened another country over meeting with the Tibetan spiritual leader.

Last year, the Chinese issued a similar threat to French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The French President was not intimidated, however, and did not hesitate to meet with the Dalai Lama, dismissing Chinese objections as unfounded. “The Dalai Lama,” said Sarkozy, “is not dangerous and is a man of peace.” The Chinese retaliated by cancelling a major economic summit with the European Union and organized a boycott of French products.

Sarkozy did the right thing and the French maintained their pride in the face of Chinese economic retaliation.

How has Barack Obama, President of the United States and leader of the free world, dealt with the same Chinese threat? Did he emulate Sarkozy and put human rights before economic blackmail?

He did not.

He has capitulated and is going to do what the Chinese communists have told him to do.

According to Communist China’s ideological cousin Amy Goodman and her comrades at Democracy Now!:

For the first time since 1991, the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama will visit Washington this week and not meet with the President…the Obama administration’s decision to postpone the meeting appears to be part of a strategy to improve ties with China that also includes soft-pedaling criticism of China’s human rights and financial policies, as well as backing efforts to elevate China’s position in international institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund.

We should note that this is the same Barack Obama who has already met with such champions of human rights as Hugo Chavez, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, perpetual Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Vladimir Putin, and Daniel Ortega. Indeed it is the same Barack Obama who has offered to meet with Iran’s Jew-hating president Mahmoud Ahmadenijad and North Korea’s demented Marxist dictator Kim Jung Il.  But now he has acceded to Chinese demands, broken ranks with his predecessors and told the Dalai Lama to take a hike.

Don’t be surprised by this.

As early as last February, Obama had already emboldened the Chinese when he had Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton inform them during her trip to Beijing that the United States would not let China’s abysmal human rights record interfere with “U.S.-China cooperation,” especially in economic matters.

The Tibetans, for their part, know what’s going on. Tibet’s prime minister-in-exile, Samdhong Rinpoche, lamented the United States’ appeasement of China in light of the latter’s growing economic might:

Today, economic interests are much greater than other interests.

Sophie Richardson, Asia advocate for Human Rights Watch, warned:

This idea that if you are nice to the Chinese Communist Party up front you can cash in later is just wrong. If you lower the bar on human rights they will just move it lower and lower.

Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA), an outspoken critic of China’s human rights record, wondered:

What would a Buddhist monk or Buddhist nun in Drapchi prison think when he heard that President Obama, the president of the United States, is not going to meet with the Dalai Lama? It’s against the law to even have a picture of the Dalai Lama. I can almost hear the words of the Chinese guards saying to them that nobody cares about you in the United States.

Obama, however, has already made his choice, and unlike Sarkozy’s, it’s nothing to be proud of.

  1. melvin polatnick permalink
    October 6, 2009 5:30 am

    Welcoming a trouble making buffoon like the Dal Lama is not in the interest of our nation. He represents evil forces that wish to increase tensions between the U.S. and China. Investigators should look into his assets and find out who his benefactors are. We do not need professional trouble makers in our country.

  2. jbtrevor permalink
    October 6, 2009 5:54 am

    “Today, economic interests are much greater than other interests.”

    Isn’t this one of the main reasons some claim we are a target of Islamo-fascists?

  3. In the know permalink
    October 6, 2009 6:46 am

    “Welcoming a trouble making buffoon like the Dal Lama is not in the interest of our nation.”

    Tell me, fool, what would you do if you were the leader of a country invaded by a ruthless communist regime? Don’t be an apologist for convenience. To not support a legitimate leader of a country overrun by thugs would be a denial of our heritage. Then again, per the current administrations actions, that seems to be the plan. Denie our heritage, change our history, destroy our way of life. He said it himself “fundamentally change this country”. Cowards run this country, greed drives their minions and the mental midgets our “Skools” produce. Regarding the POTUS’ kowtowing to China, read this; and tell me if it’s working.

  4. politicalmoxie permalink
    October 6, 2009 9:08 am

    To melvin polatnick:

    Did you hear the thunder & see the crack of lightening? They’re coming for you…whoever comes for the ignorant.

    I am not a follower in the true sense of the word, but I bow my head at his peaceful, turn the other cheek qualities. The Dalai Lama, of all public personalities espousing peace, puts his donations where his mouth and heart are.

  5. Mark J. Koenig permalink
    October 6, 2009 9:29 am

    I continue to maintain that this incident is not only consistent with the rest of Obama’s appeasement gestures to dictators and thugs around the world, but that it is part of a very deliberate strategy to redress what Obama feels is America’s essential meanness and injustice toward the rest of the world – until his election, of course. One need only read a transcript of his recent speech to the United Nations to confirm this.

    The man exhibits a level of arrogance and narcissism that any normal person would find hard to understand. He apparently believes that the United States was an evil oppressor until he assumed the presidency, and that, to paraphrase his wife’s statement during the campaign, it’s only now that the world can begin to rightly look upon us with favor. This is sickening.

    Obama is not naive in the usual sense of that term. He is a true believer in “social justice”, despite his public statements to the contrary. In his mind, this applies not just on an individual basis to citizens of this nation, but in a literal global sense to the “community of nations”. In this view the U.S.’s wealth must be redistributed to poorer countries under the guise of social justice. After all, as Obama told “Joe the Plumber” during his campaign, “I believe that when you spread the wealth around it’s good for everyone.” What else would one expect from a man who has been mentored by communists, radicals and revolutionaries his entire life?

    Glenn Beck isn’t a conspiracy theorist – he, with help from David Horowitz and Discover the Networks, is TRYING to bitch-slap a complacent America into recognizing what is right before its face. It’s frustrating that this is even necessary.

  6. Bill Poster permalink
    October 6, 2009 12:55 pm

    The Dalai Lama is not what he seems – he’s not a spiritual leader but a politician who’s very good at using spirituality to boost his own popularity. He causes problems wherever he goes so I can understand why Obama wants to play down any connection with him – meeting him wouldn’t solve any problems. I don’t condone Chinese cruelty in Tibet but I’m not sure we’re told the whole story anyway.

    • In the know permalink
      October 6, 2009 1:42 pm

      What kind of problems?

    • jbtrevor permalink
      October 6, 2009 1:49 pm

      Bill Poster:

      “Dalai Lama is not what he seems – he’s not a spiritual leader” – someone should tell his millions of spiritual followers.

      And ditto the above comment, what problems does he cause?

  7. Bill Poster permalink
    October 7, 2009 1:29 am

    Just one example is that the Dalai Lama is persecuting spiritual practitioners in his own community who wish to follow the Deity Dorje Shugden:

    These practitioners are denied access to shops, hospitals, travel and so on because they won’t follow the Dalai Lama’s view and abandon their practice. He’s also caused division over the choice of Karmapa (head of the Kagyu School of Buddhism). This makes a nonsense of his message of love, peace and tolerance. I’m afraid he’s mixing religion and politics.

    • Julie Trevor permalink
      October 7, 2009 6:11 am

      Well, nothing like letting a good smear get in the way of the truth. You are critical of the D. Lama because he attempts to hold his believing community together? Futher, you refer to this as “causing trouble where ever he goes”.

      Don’t you think the Pope would take measures to protect the Catholic community should someone who worships a false God shows up (like the guy in the video) and upon arrival says Hi, I worship satan and I’m here to do business with you? And speaking of the video…I seriously doubt it portrays the “truth” as you see it; but it serves your purpose.

      • Bill Poster permalink
        October 7, 2009 6:17 am

        Well Julie, it’s not like Dorje Shugden is satan. He is a Buddhist Deity who has been worshipped for nearly four hundred years and was also worshipped by the Dalai Lama’s Teacher Trijang Rinpoche. Of course the Dalai Lama has a right to say whatever he thinks about this Deity and to request that people stop worshipping it, that’s his religious freedom, but when he creates government policies to curtail the human rights and religious freedom of those who do not want to follow his advice and badmouthing those practitioners, that’s another matter.

        Anyway, the evidence is provided. Make of it what you will.

  8. Bill Poster permalink
    October 7, 2009 1:33 am

    You might also find this report from Al-Jazeera informative:

    • Julie Trevor permalink
      October 7, 2009 6:14 am

      “You might also find this report from{ Al-Jazeera informative}:”

      Now there’s a oxymoron.

    • In the know permalink
      October 7, 2009 9:40 am

      “You might also find this report from Al-Jazeera informative:”

      ROTFLMAO. Did you seriously post this? C’mon this is a joke right? That’s funny; it’s about as accurate as the new AP poll that says the support for Obamacare is now split at an even 40% for and against. Like “magic”, favorable news comes from the “state controlled media”. Consider the source before you drink the water.

  9. keithstir permalink
    October 7, 2009 3:18 am

    Perhaps the Dalai Lama has come to the alter of Obama?

    I think he has a “Hope and change” T-shirt underneath his robe.

    Regardless of the politics of his visit, the Dalai Lama does represent an oppressed religious leader.

    Personally, I would take him to Disney World. Honking off the Chinese government would make my day. What are they going to do? Stop flooding our markets with garbage products? Not help diffuse Iran and North Korea? Demand payments on the notes Congress stiffed them with?

    The Chinese government represents everything wrong in this world.President Obama and his administration are an embarrassment.

  10. Dr J permalink
    October 7, 2009 7:22 pm

    Barack Hussein Obama…UMMMM, UMMMM, UMMMMM!



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