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Foreign media: what damage will Obama-Dalai meeting cause?
10:15, February 22, 2010  

Since Barack Obama has been in power, the meeting between him and the Dalai Lama has become a cloud hanging above the China-U.S. relationship. A lot of Americans claim that it is a matter of adhering to U.S. values, but China emphasizes it is a provocation against its national sovereignty. It seems both sides will not compromise on the Dalai Lama issue, according to reports from the "Global Times" newspaper published on February 21.

While reporting the meeting between Obama and the Dalai Lama, the conservative U.K. newspaper "The Independent" said February 19 that the U.S. hauled the tail of the dragon. Now, the question is how bad will the damage be?

The report said that the White House claimed the China-U.S. relationship was sophisticated enough to overcome differences on some issues and find common ground on important international issues, but it seems only the U.S. thinks this way. The reality is that the 2 big countries will have tense diplomatic battles in aspects such as trade, national defense, the Iran issue and climate change. The tension caused by differences will run through a long period of time. Of course, it will be crazy if Washington adopts aggressive policies in all aspects. If the U.S. and other countries want to cooperate with China smoothly on international issues, they must respect China, because China's power is real and true.

The Indian website "My News" commented that the meeting between Obama and the Dalai Lama is nothing but a boring drama, which started when the Dalai Lama went into exile in 1959. About the meeting, different American people have different opinions. Some media said the meeting indicates that Obama attaches great importance to human rights, but more people are interested in the White House's "humility."

The Christian Science Monitor published a report with pictures February 19, saying that the Dalai Lama left the White House from the back door, where nothing but a reclamation depot was waiting for him.

On the website of the U.S.-based "Business Week," a netizen named "Tommy" asked: Is it so important for Obama to meet the Dalai Lama? Can the Dalai Lama magically reduce U.S. unemployment?

U.S. media reported that Stephen Bosworth, the U.S. special representative for North Korea, is now considering visiting Beijing in March. The visit is aimed at restarting the 6-party talks and testing if the currently discouraging China-U.S. relationship has affected Beijing's stance towards North Korea.

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