July 24th, 2008
12:15 PM ET
14 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. Obama Supporter from FL

    China's not going to like that...

    July 24, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. prefer O koolaid than your McArsenic

    I hope McCain gets the solace he has been searching for.

    July 24, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. Texas Trail Dog!


    July 24, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. Jack

    Can't wait to read all the Sen. Obama supporters trashing His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Sen. McCain.

    July 24, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. from the desk of, DM of Texas

    The Let McCain have his day at disney World..

    July 24, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. Maria Lopez - TX

    What a man if faith and dignity!!

    Obama 2008 + 2012

    July 24, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. Peggy - TX

    Wow, I am impressed. I have to admit that at times McCain has his moments. But, talk is cheep – like as if the US will ever stand up to China, especially now, after going in debt to China over the past 7 years to fight the war in Iraq.

    July 24, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. Dawn, NH

    Oh please, still trying to steal Barack's thunder. It won't work. McCain probably supported Bush going to the Olympic Opening Ceremony.

    Obama and the Dalai Lama will sit down and talk when Barack becomes president.

    Obama 08

    July 24, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. DKR

    Cool two super old guys talking 🙂

    July 24, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. Vote Nader

    Obama Supporter from FL July 24th, 2008 1:51 pm ET

    China's not going to like that…


    But if Sen.Obama was meeting with His Holiness and said these things you would post about how great he is and how China needs to get their act together.

    Quit forming your opinions based on party.

    ** Nader/Gonzalez 2008 **

    July 24, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. Jack

    Can't wait to read all the Obama supporters trash the Dalai Lama and McCain.

    July 24, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  12. JohnLee

    McBush doesn't care about Tibet or the Dalai Lama but of course when it is politically in his best interest, he shows he cares! Don't be fooled by McBush Jr.

    July 24, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  13. bill for barack

    This should be interesting. They're both equally qualified to be our next president.

    July 24, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  14. Bob from Kentucky

    The fundies aren't gonna be too happy with that.

    July 24, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. Kiah

    LMAO that's the best he can do! Good luck gramps!

    July 24, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. Rheem


    July 24, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. H-ROD


    July 24, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  18. H-ROD


    July 24, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. Texas trail puppy!

    What a fraud (McSame) i.e.....

    July 24, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. David Peter

    McBush the warpig meeting with the Dalai Lama?

    July 24, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  21. Cynthia

    Hope it goes well for McCain because he has had one the crappiest weeks of his campaign, I'm sure, but he asked for it. He also wants to keep the war in Iraq going, aren't we borrowing the money from China? He doesn't want to PO the money source

    July 24, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  22. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    poor dalai lama, talking with this hypocritical war-loving sellout will be a REAL challenge to his budhist beliefs.

    world peace and prosperity is absolutely IMPOSSIBLE with a third-generation military man. he was born and raised military, ALL HE SEES is military action as a solution to the world's problems!

    people, dont fall for the right-wing pessimistic junk, there is NOTHING wrong with being positive and HOPEful!

    July 24, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  23. not important

    Dalai Lama is a separatist and a theocrat.

    July 24, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. Ian

    Perhaps the Dalai Lama can help with McCain's temper.

    July 24, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  25. Iron MAN

    "After the unpopularity of George W. Bush, the world is waiting to love America again, and many see in Obama, with his youth and his optimism, somebody who can bring that about."

    nuff said

    July 24, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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