July 24th, 2008
12:15 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain to meet with Dalai Lama


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(CNN)—Presumptive Republican nominee John McCain is set to meet with the Dalai Lama Friday in Colorado.

The Tibetan political and spiritual leader will be a keynote speaker at a three-day seminar at the Aspen Institute as part of a greater celebration of Tibetan Culture where he will also meet with McCain. McCain is expected to speak at the American GI Convention in Denver Friday morning, and will make the trip to Aspen to meet with the Dalai Lama later in the afternoon.

Often referred to as “His Holiness,” the Dalai Lama has lived in exile in Dharamsala, India since the Chinese occupied Tibet in 1959.

In April, McCain urged China to engage the spiritual leader in discussions on the future of Tibet.

"Our relationship with China is important,” the Arizona senator said in a statement. “But the Chinese government needs to understand that in our modern world, how a nation treats its citizens is a legitimate subject of international concern... I urge the government of the People's Republic of China to address the root causes of unrest in Tibet by opening a genuine dialogue with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, aimed at granting greater autonomy.”

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soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. Independent-woman-4-Obama

    You bet our relationship with China is important......... we OWE CHINA A LOT OF MONEY, SINCE A GOOD PORTION OF THE $10 TRILLION IN NATIONAL DEBT IS OWED TO THE CHINESE!

    That means, that the United States of America, a beacon of hope and freedom......... will stand silently by as Tibet continues ENSLAVED by the Chinese!

    Sure we went into Iraq, according to Bush/Cheney/McCain to "bring freedom and democracy" .......but we will turn a blind eye when the Chinese cruelly keep the people of Tibet enslaved!

    Wow............. talk about HYPOCRISY!

    July 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. Russ

    not important July 24th, 2008 3:52 pm ET

    Dalai Lama is a hypocrite and a liar just like Ralph Nader. Ralph Nader and his lobbyist ties are well known. Just ask Ralph Nader about Public Interest Research Groups or Public Citizen. Point is that Nader is a hypocrite and Dalai Lama is a liar

    Your comments are pathetic. You "my friend" really are NOT IMPORTANT

    Obama '08

    July 24, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. steve

    whenever necessary, the politician will attract eyeball by manipulating some irrelated stupi-d issues, like Iraq, China,...

    mind our own business, focus on the thing worthful!

    it's a true shame !

    July 24, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  4. Shirley

    MCcain and Dalal Lama meeting good, maybe Dalal can help
    John MCcain with lying.

    July 24, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. Richard

    Obama always follow Mccain's lead. Now that Mccain has decided to visit with the Dalai Lama, I'm certain Obama will book the Vantican so he can make a speech in front of the Pope. What a showman he is......silly wabbitbama, tricks are for kids!

    July 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. Annette

    No, I don't think Obama need to follow that lead nor do I think he will. McCain can have him all to himself.

    July 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    The Dali Lama is a man of peace. CNN why is mccain meeting with him? What is prez bush saying about this?

    July 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. GERRY


    July 24, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. matt

    WIll someone please ask McCain why I should vote for him intead of Bob Barr? Seriously, McCain isnt even talking about his own policies. Conservatives unite for Barr!

    July 24, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  10. John

    Two great men that are interested in serving the world and not their egos.

    July 24, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. Doris,Memphis,TN

    A man of war meeting with a man of peace.
    McCain is mean, bitter, and jealous!

    July 24, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. Ann

    When I read these comments I am amazed at the lack of informed thought and reason that goes into so many of the comments. If these truly reflect the basis for casting a vote then it really does explain how W was elected twice.

    July 24, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  13. 17 year old future politician

    Talking to other countries is something I support, but urging a country to do something isn't the way to improve our relationship McCain..you know that

    July 24, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
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