February 18th, 2010
07:22 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama, Dalai Lama meeting could 'irritate China very much'

Washington (CNN) - President Obama will meet the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, on Thursday at the White House despite strong objections from the Chinese government.

The meeting has the potential to complicate Sino-U.S. tensions further, which have been rising in recent months.

China has warned the meeting will certainly damage ties with Washington.

"It will seriously undermine the Sino-U.S. political relations," Zhu Weiqun, a senior Communist Party leader in charge of ethnic and religious affairs, said recently. "We will take corresponding action to make relevant countries see their mistakes."

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  1. Rick McDaniel

    Well maybe China will just foreclose on the US debt. That would take care of those meetings.

    February 18, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  2. Jason

    And what is China going to do to its biggest retail customer? Cut ties with us? Yeah, I'd like to seem them try. Who else buys as much of their cheap garbage as we do?

    February 18, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. Conservative Voice

    Hey China, we may owe you $$$ but you don't own us and threats just show how very afraid you are...why don't you open another concentraition camp to strip mine coal to burn to make sure your electricy doesn't go out during you government ordered abortions? or perhaps you still need to manufacture more phony birth certificates for your Olympic atheletes? How about trying to re-write the Tianamen square history again? Surely the big bad nation of China has more to do than worry about a man who wants to bring peace to the Earth....

    February 18, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  4. Angus McDugan

    Obama needs to be careful to not upset his new boss. They may call in his big loan!!!!

    February 18, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  5. Total BS

    Who cares what China thinks !!!!

    February 18, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  6. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    WOW! Imagine if China was really mad at us... What might they do? Stop selling us stuff? Force us to make things for ourselves?
    How awful would THAT be???

    Seriously, doing the proper thing has it's own rewards, even if we don't know what they are.

    We need to be "that" society. We need to start doing what's right and proper, BECAUSE it's right and proper, not because it's more convenient, more profitable.

    February 18, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  7. The Other Michael in Houston

    Sounds like a threat China. What are you going do, reck our economy. It's not like we owe you anythi....wait ,I forgot, the Bush Administration basically used our country as collateral to fund his wars. Okay but just because you own the United States, you cannot tell us what do China.....oh wait, I guess you can. So to all you "I hate Obama, he is a socialist" nutcases out there, just remember, The Bush Administration, your Republican Excaliber, the guy you voted for....twice sold this country to a Socialist, Dictorial Nation. So the idea of borrowing tons of money to attack a soverign nation who did nothing to you but call you some names, to get control of their oil, so you exploit thier resources and hold the rest of the world hostage, hmm now how did that work out for you Republicans?

    February 18, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. Dean

    It is about time we told China to kiss off.

    February 18, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. Tram

    Obama, Dalai Lama meeting could irritate China very much...

    And?
    So?
    But?
    Therefore?

    China doesn't have a right to say who we meet. We have no right to tell China who it can meet with. The Dalai Lama is a respected person as well as being an influential spiritual leader. What has China done lately but put our children and our pets at risk by exporting tainted goods?

    February 18, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  10. Ruffus

    Ax youself if we needs to invade China to free these people wiht Tibets syndrome. if'n don't gots any oil under it then we don't needs to fret wiht it.

    February 18, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. DOG1

    Threats? We can make threats too, we'll stop buying stuff at Walmart and bring down their economy!

    February 18, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. Gale

    Ya'll up there in Congress: just keep on borrowing from China, but make it a school requirement to learn Chinese. STUPID!

    February 18, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  13. reality check

    Why does China fear freedom of expression?

    February 18, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I find it interesting that Americans are worried about President Obama visiting with the Dalai Lama but said nothing when Laura and George Bush both visited him.

    February 18, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. Bridgette

    China will get over it. They need us just as much as we need them. If we don't by the stuff that their slaves build because that is basically what they are then where will they be.

    February 18, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  16. Fair is Fair

    Careful, Obama... they're going to take away your credit card.

    P.S. – Hey Obama... there's $600 BILLION in your budget over the next 10 years based on revenue generated from Cap and Trade. Since there's not a snowball's chance in hades of that passing, where's the dough going to come from?

    February 18, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |