February 2nd, 2010
01:35 PM ET
8 years ago

Despite Chinese protests, Obama will meet with Dalai Lama

President Obama still plans to meet with the Dalai Lama.

President Obama still plans to meet with the Dalai Lama.

Nashua, New Hampshire (CNN) – President Barack Obama still plans to meet with exiled Tibetan religious leader the Dalai Lama despite recent protests from Chinese officials, according to the White House.

"The president told China's leaders during his trip last year that he would meet with the Dalai Lama and he intends to do so," said Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton aboard Air Force One.

"To be clear, the U.S. considers Tibet to be a part of China and we have human rights concerns about the treatment of Tibetans," Burton continued.

Although a date for the meeting has not been announced, Burton emphasized that the White House expects to continue maintaining a positive relationship with China despite the protests against the meeting with the Dalai Lama.

"[As] the president has expressed, we expect that our relationship with China is mature enough where we can work out issues of mutual concerns such as climate, the global economy, and nonproliferation, and discuss frankly and candidly those issues where we disagree," Burton said.

"The president is committed to building a positive, comprehensive and cooperative relationship with China."

President Obama is traveling to Nashua, New Hampshire Tuesday as part of his push to promote small business and jobs.

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Mrs. S Callahan

    Praise God from whom all blessings flow....this takes courage as a leader..and I'm so glad you are going through with this. The day will come when injustices will be shown fully, it will all be revealed. Yet today, man has the opportunity to make things right and let justice prevail. You have my prayer Mr. President.

    February 2, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. Obama Victim

    don't forget to bow Barry

    February 2, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    The Chinese can protest all they want. President Obama is FREE to meet with whomever he choses.

    February 2, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. Wisconsonite

    Good. I love having a president who actually cares about human rights.

    And I would just like to be the first to say "please shut your hatin' yap-holes" to the Rabid Right who are about to start their name calling, insulting and just generally ignorant comments on the count of 1 . . . .2 . . . .3 . . .

    February 2, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. Fitz in Texas

    Approx. a year ago President Obama refused to meet with the Dalai Lama when he was in Washington. Now that Obama has his Nobel peace prize guess he figures he now has something in common with the Dalai Lama......not.

    February 2, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. Dharmaji


    February 2, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Here we go with a deluge of hypocrisy: The people saying this:

    "Obama needz to support Iranian protesturs and tell Irans to go -- itself in teh butts!!! They're evil blah blah Izlam, muzlimz, turrerists, brown peeples, we want more oilz!!! Obama's such teh sissies!"

    will now say this:

    "OH EMM GEE!!! I can't believe he's making China teh angree!! They ownz us [because of GOP economic ideology, but we'll put that aside here]...we iz so in debt to teh China...Obama is making us teh unsayfs by talking to a peasfull relijuss leeder who is not teh Krischunz!!!"

    Here's a hint, GOPers and neocons (and others who believe "say whatever it takes to criticize Obama" is a rational approach to our national and societal issues): don't confuse your own insecurities with national security.

    February 2, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  8. Dan Holiday

    Another person for our leader to bow to...lol. Can't wait to see the picture. Did you see last weeks? He bowed to the Mayor of Tampa (if you don't believe me, look online. The picture says a thousand words.). A local official. WOW ! ! ! This guy is the worst ever POS POTUS.

    February 2, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  9. seebofubar

    I'm certianly not an Obama fan but I have to hand it to him, this is the right thing to do and it takes some guts. Have you noticed that his poll numbers have gone up drastically since he appears to have abandoned the far left and has been pushing some of the more conservative ideas? Maybe just maybe he is getting some sense knocked into him.

    February 2, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. Lacross Mom (the real one)

    Be careful Barack. You don't want to make your boss upset.

    February 2, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. If Obama keeps messing with China.....

    we'll have WW III on our hands and it won't be pretty.......how are we going to fight wars in Afghanistan, Yemen, and China all at once...this is what happens when you let a community organizer run things.....

    February 2, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. Florence

    Go for it Mr. President. No Chinese can dictate to you what to do. We have enough Reps sitting on the side here trying to hand cuff you. It’s your turn to do what you think is the right thing to do and we’re behind you 100%.

    February 2, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. Charles Johnson

    Im concern that if they dont do something about dont ask dont tee it will soon b a problem, because half of the people in the military is gay so lets be real that go for all.

    February 2, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  14. Tram

    Just because China has an issue with the Dalai Lama doesn't mean America does. This is one of the greatest individuals in existence today. He's definitely one of the most engaging and entertaining. People come from miles around to listen to him, and it has nothing to do with religion or politics. This is a man who has earned respect.

    February 2, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. NVa Native

    Again President Obama makes us proud. I'm glad he doesn't just suck up to corporate interests and takes on some tough social issues.

    February 2, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Poor Tibet. It must really suck when a country you've never attacked invades your country, wrecks your infrastructure, steals your resources and imposes their form of government on you. Have a nice day!

    February 2, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. valwayne

    Its a little late! Obama's bowing and scraping and refusing to meet the Dalai Lama the last time just made him look like a weak fool to the Chinese. If you believe in the Chinese concept of face, Obama lost it when he caved! Reversing himself is the only sensible thing to do, but it will now take years to get any respect from the Chinese!!!!

    February 2, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. sensible Cape coral FL

    Since when do the Chinese set our foreign policy?

    February 2, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. BK

    China always protests when any of our Presidents meet him. Its more of a compulsion now than a meaningful act. They probably have a form letter they just send out by now.

    February 2, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. Scottish Mama

    Sounds like Zhu talks have walked. He's had 8 meeting with the Dalia Lama and there has not been movement on either side. President Obama should keep the door to all nations open.

    February 2, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  21. EDDIE

    China can Suck it and mind their own business.I also heard the Dalai lama is a good golfer."Big hitter" the lama.

    February 2, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  22. hobart

    It's about time! What China has done to Tibet and Tibetans in positively evil, and no amount of their revisionist lies will change that.

    Although I tend to be somewhat liberal on how to get out of this recession - various spending initiatives to stimulate the economy - it bothers me deeply that we have sold our moral souls on China's human rights atrocities in order to borrow huge sums from them, just to keep our economy afloat.

    February 2, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |