February 12th, 2010
12:03 PM ET
12 years ago

China restates opposition to Obama meeting with Dalai Lama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/12/art.dali1005.jpg caption="China restated its opposition Friday to U.S. President Barack Obama's plan to meet with the Dalai Lama."]Beijing, China (CNN) - China restated its opposition Friday to U.S. President Barack Obama's plan to meet with the Dalai Lama.

China urged the United States "to immediately withdraw" its decision for Obama to meet the Tibetan Bhuddist spiritual leader, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said in comments reported by the state-run Xinhua news agency.

"China firmly opposes the Dalai Lama visiting the United States and U.S. leaders' contacting with him," Ma said, adding China's position on the issue has been "consistent and clear."

"We urge the U.S. side to fully understand the high sensitivity of Tibet-related issues, honor its commitment to recognizing Tibet as part of China and opposing 'Tibet independence,'" Ma said.

The White House said Thursday that Obama will meet the Dalai Lama on February 18.

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.

Filed under: China • Dalai Lama • President Obama
soundoff (94 Responses)
  1. hobart

    China's treatment of Tibet, from Mao to the present, has been nothing short of genocide, both literal and cultural.

    Why we ever sold our economic soul to China is beyond me.

    February 12, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Lets send them the message that GOOGLE did.................how's about bringing back our american manufacturering jobs and industrial infrastructure. We as a country DO NOT have live up to the deals that Corporate America has made with the communists. Did we actually think that the leaders of China would turn a check on the Capitalism of China ??? This drama is just starting.

    February 12, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. Jane/Seattle

    The dance of a Rising and a Falling Empire. Will America seek the justice which alludes us or side with her new owners? Listen to the Dalai Lama, not the Chinese Oppressors. Come to think of it, both are oppressors and such good buddies for trade, loans, deceptions and the like. Human Rights is a buzz word, but one that most seldom honor! Both you all are Oppressors of the People who truly "borrow", for a time, the lands of the ancients and the children of the future. HOW DARE YOU Think You CAN Own and Destroy this which you have no right to Control? Get out of our faces with this fake conflict of empires made for the controversey and the "FEAR FACTOR". Tibet has the right to autonomy as does every other form of life – being injured and killed so Rich People Can Feel Safe and Secure! Pay attention, President Obama and Stop the Lip-Service People. Wage Peace! 😮

    February 12, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. omgamike

    Well, it appears as if this article is batting 100% for stupid comments. Are we not, as intelligent citizens of the greatest country on earth, capable of making intelligent, rational comments?? Instead of sarcastic remarks, why not put forth productive comments, either for or against the facts of the article!

    February 12, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. Larry

    I guess China has still not figured out that they do not set US policy

    Politically they are still in the Dark Ages

    Any country that censors the most basic of online use to it's own people, out of fear that they might actually figure out how corrupt their own government is, has a long way to go

    February 12, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. Larry

    And speaking of Tibet

    Driving out the true Dalai Lama and beating and killing his followers to then replace him with a fake, is as ridiculous as it gets

    Grow Up China ... this is the 21st century

    February 12, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  7. Mark

    China owns us, if obamy gets them mad at us and they stop funding our debt we are in deep trouble.

    One thing good, when China takes us over everyone will work, no sitting at home making babies and waiting on that government check!

    February 12, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  8. t75mcl1

    This is all about Iran, and as a Republican I applaud president Obama for this intriguing strategy. It's pretty simple. China won't approve sanctions over Iranian Nukes. That's what the US wants. If China doesn't cooperate, the Obama Admin. will sell arms to Taiwan, meet with the Dali Llama, and do a host of things that just annoy the hell out of the Chinese until they want to play ball with us. No one has tried this before, but Obama deserves a lot of credit for trying. No if he would just drop health care, cap and tax and small business tax increases, we might just play ball with him.

    February 12, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. Lando

    And who are you to order our President....&^%$^&(&&%^$R%

    February 12, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. MC

    China always says for us to mind our own business. I would say to China, mind your own business.

    February 12, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  11. SC-Pub "no" more

    When we start taking orders from China, it is time we all commit Hari-Kari with tainted milk (from China).

    February 12, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. Jamie from Riverside

    Someone needs to tell China's Foreign Ministry spokesman: Pppppttt!

    February 12, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. James

    Well WE THE PEOPLE in the United States does not give a flying s- about what China thinks.

    In fact were not buying your cheap trashy products anymore.


    February 12, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  14. Puss

    It makes it even more enticing now that China doesn't want Obama to meet the Dalai Lama. The hell with China.

    February 12, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  15. Bedtime for Obonzo

    Kiss off, China.

    February 12, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  16. Alzen

    The Chinese do not help maintain world peace in any way, except by going into Tibet and killing one million innocent Tibetans since 1949. Why should any country not want to meet with the Dalai Lama? He is an inspirational example of peace and compassion. He has been living in India for over 55 years now. India is not part of China. Or would China like to go in and slaughter millions of Indians to take over India, too? .

    February 12, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. Mimi

    Seriously, China needs to STOP trying to be the "big bully." It is starting to get a little annoying to hear China threatening and objecting to everything that is not pleasing to China.

    Perhaps if China started showing a little respect to our President and to the Dalai Lama, both recipients of the Nobel "Peace" Prize Awards, other people & nations around the world will start respecting China. Right now, as I see it, there's not much. That's sad because the common people of China are dedicated to their country and are such hard working people.

    Good for you, Mr. President! My hat's off to President Obama for agreeing to meet with the Dalai Lama. Happy meeting, and hope something good will happen!

    February 12, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. Aaron

    I'd like to be critical of China for exiling the leader of the independent nation of Tibet, but since we invaded the independent nation of Iraq and killed its leader, I kinda have to keep my mouth shut.

    February 12, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. jules sand-perkins

    It's not easy to get respect from people from whom you have to borrow money.
    On the other hand, we might do well to recite "Om mani padme hum" and meditate on what the Chinese know about work and productivity that we could learn.

    February 12, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
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