February 18th, 2010
03:40 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama meets with Dalai Lama

ALT TEXT President Obama met with the Dalai Lama on Thursday. (PHOTO CREDIT: White House)

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

The meeting has the potential to further complicate Sino-U.S. tensions, which have been rising in recent months. China has warned it would damage Beijing's ties to Washington.

The Dalai Lama has said he favors genuine autonomy for Tibetans, not independence for Tibet. Beijing regards the Nobel Peace Prize laureate as a dangerous "separatist" who wishes to sever Tibet from China.

During the meeting, Obama stressed his "strong support for the preservation of Tibet's unique religious, cultural and linguistic identity and the protection of human rights for Tibetans," according to a White House statement.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. me and mr b, oak harbor WA

    Go POTUS he's my man! I am so very glad the Dalai Lama is visiting us once again and I pray for many more such visits.

    February 18, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. Collin

    This is pathetic. I hope the Chinese government will retaliate BIG time, just as they did with uppity Google.

    February 18, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. Grampa Grumps

    We all know Obama now. It's his way or the highway. To hell with China he thinks, China who owns the US now. What an idiot in the white house!

    February 18, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  4. Ethan

    Yay! Thank You Mr. President!

    America stands with the downtrodden people of Tibet!

    February 18, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. mike

    go Obama it takes nerve to talk to the dalai and not be worried what
    China thinks I know Dick the Cheney would not have what it takes
    the panty waste ask him what size his wife wears and all he needs to
    do is look down

    February 18, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    doesnt the Dalai lam thinks he is a god ? move on ,,,, work on jobs not this guy...

    February 18, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. Tam

    Good. China should mind it's own business. Big bully. The Tibetans should have their independence.

    February 18, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  8. gg

    We need to stop doing business with China (communist, oppressive regime) and do more business with India (Democracy with free market economy). We should support Tibetian freedom any way that we can. We could start by putting an end to our financial dependence on China. No more Deficits starting this year!!!! That is what the people want!!! That is the only thing that will get President Obama re-elected.

    February 18, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Republicans have stooped to an all time low each day competing in a war of words against President Obama. Reminds me of a bunch of nagging you know what, I think there some sugar in some of their pants.

    February 18, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |

    This should piss off the Chinese. Must have some other country in mind to borrow billions from.

    February 18, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  11. Texas Jack

    Well OBAMA is busy again embarrassing us Americans. How much longer must we put up with this ignorant person.

    February 18, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  12. polly

    Our country was founded on human value and religious freedom. I don't think there's a problem with religious harmony unless a violent act takes place. It is always an extremist who uses violence to make their point.

    February 18, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  13. ib

    Obama will never miss a photo-op you can depend on him for that nothing else except to spend; spend.

    February 18, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  14. phoenix86

    Looks like Obama got permission from his Chinese masters to meet the Dalai Lama.

    February 18, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  15. annie against biased news

    obama doesn't support any one or any thing but himself.

    February 18, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  16. m smith

    This is exactly what a president should do. Express the idea of free speech and freedom of religion if they repos complaine about this then they really are a bunch of bigots. We can not be told what to do by China. Good job Mr President.

    February 18, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  17. Hugo

    He'll probably pledge another 10 million of tax payer responsibility (China's money) to the Dalai Lama for his cause, that is why the Chinese are really upset, it is their own money funding a dissident to their National interests...

    Hey, here are a few things Washington could work on other than a failed healthcare bill; PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS, A FAIR TAX, IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT, TORT LAW REFORM, TERM LIMITS, VOTER REFORM, and CAMPAIGN FUNDING REFORM, that would just be a start!

    February 18, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  18. Ryan


    By listening to the Dalai Lama the President is making America look sensitive!! WHY DIDN'T THE GOP FILIBUSTER AGAINST THIS MEETING!?!?

    This just sends them message that diplomacy can trump any other tactic!! This is an outrage!! I bet the meeting was about SOCIALISM!! Yeah...! I bet the meeting was about socialism and I bet our tax dollars funded it!!


    Quick... somebody get me a tea bag! I might just lose my mind here...!!!

    February 18, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |