February 4th, 2010
02:57 PM ET
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Obama to meet Dalai Lama in February

The Dalai Lama will meet with President Obama in February.
The Dalai Lama will meet with President Obama in February.

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama will meet with the Dalai Lama later this month, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday.

Gibbs declined to give a specific date.

The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet, has speaking engagements scheduled in the United States in late February and in May.

Earlier this week, China warned that ties between two of the world's superpowers would be strained if Obama met with the Dalai Lama.

"It will seriously undermine the foundation of Sino-U.S. political relations," said Zhu Weiqun, a Communist Party official who is in charge of talks with representatives of the Dalai Lama. "We will take corresponding action to make relevant countries see their mistakes."

Beijing accuses the Dalai Lama of advocating for Tibetan independence from China.

Tibet is technically autonomous from the central Chinese government, but the Dalai Lama and others have said they favor genuine autonomy and resent the slow erosion of their culture amid an influx of Han Chinese, the most numerous ethnic group in China.

Zhu said there would be no compromise on China's control of Tibet.

The Dalai Lama fled China in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule. He lives in exile in the north Indian hill town of Dharamsala.


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. TOTUS 4 PRESIDENT

    I note the news about the other Obama illegal alien – his aunt. She is making her claim to stay in the US based on her medical condition?? Every country on earth has sick people. That does not give them a RIGHT to illegally come and stay in the US and suck on our health care system teat at taxpayer expense!!

    She should try going to Cuba, who the libs think has the world's greatest health care, using this excuse and see where that gets her...

    February 4, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. Ramses

    Let China bark. Let's us do the right thing. China wants to grab land everywhere & destroy Tibetian or any other culture & people.

    February 4, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. DemocratsAreEvil

    Too bad China, stop interfering with sactions against Iran. Stop selling the Taliban weapons. Stop selling us poisonous sheetrock, toothpaste, children's toys, etc. Tighten your leash on N. Korea. Stop stealing our high-tech technology. Stop persecuting Christians. Stop manipulating your currency. Open up your borders to US made goods. Protect our intellectual and property rights. Seems like you are only good on making demands and not accepting any accountability. Keep polluting your water and air and you'll see a revolution in your own country soon.

    February 4, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. phoenix86

    I guess Obama finally got permission from Beijing.

    February 4, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    I hope he does not, however he will probobly cancel again seeing as he has no backbone.

    February 4, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. Geez

    If China is such a powerful country, why are they sooooo scared of a peaceful man like the Dalai lama.

    If China is such a great society, why are they soooo scared to let their people have open access to the internet.

    February 4, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  7. Obama Victim

    don't forget to bow Barry

    February 4, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. Kapran

    Dalai Lama is a great man and no country should rail against such a kind, loving, and generous person. He has devoted all his life to others and given everything for humanity. He is one of the most "Jesus like" people on the entire planet. I respect and admire him greatly. No wonder he is so persecuted.

    February 4, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. chill

    Tell the Chinese to stuff it. They are sure jumpy over one little old man.

    February 4, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. Dylan from Minneapolis Minnesnowta

    Barack Obama and Tenzen Gyatso aka The Dalai Lama, two of my favorite people. :)

    The way China has treated and murdered the peaceful people of Tibet is absolutley disgusting, the Chinesse government, doesn't deserve any respect until they are able to give respect. Too bad money still runs our world.

    February 4, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. gary davis harbor oregon

    i think its grat to meet the DALAI LAMA . i WOULD LOVE TO MEET AND TALK TO HIM TOO make america proud mr. president . you are doing a wonderful job with the world . thank you :)

    February 4, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. slsmith66

    Does China promise to stop sending their cheap products for us to buy at walmart? I'm all for the Dalai Lama visiting with the president! I hope he dosn't cave to China's demands!

    February 4, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. Dennis

    Will Obama bow?

    February 4, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. Liberty Queen

    Message to China: Take a hike... and take your crummy, cheap products with you. And get the h**l out of Tibet while you're at it... Fascists!

    February 4, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. found work without help of stimulus or obama

    ship your illegal aunt out of this country now. Obama Lies.

    February 4, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |