USA Won’t Entertain Chinese Pressure To Cancel Dalai Lama And President Obama Meeting

February 14th, 2010 - 8:43 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
dalaiWashington, Feb 14, (THAINDIAN NEWS) In a move that might escalate the tension between USA and China, the White House has decided not to cancel the meeting between President Barack Obama and Dalai Lama. The exiled spiritual leader of Tibet has become a source of headache for the government of China as it seems from the recent moves made by the Chinese government. Robert Gibbs, a White House spokesperson has confirmed that the meeting between the President and the spiritual leader will be held on Feb 18th as planned earlier. The Chinese Foreign ministry earlier said that if Washington decides to go ahead with the meeting, it may damage the already strained US-China relation.

However, the White House seems unperturbed by the statements made by the Chinese governments. Dalai Lama has been accused buy the Chinese government of aggravating the cause of Tibet’s independence but the leader has denied such allegations. Recently, USA came down heavily on China for its internet policies after Internet search Giant Google complained of cyber attacks originating from China, which hampered its email service.

However, the move may not go down well with China. The U.S. government is in no mood to cancel the meeting even though it might need the aid of China to toughen sanction on nations like Iran. As one can expect, the International Campaign for Tibet welcomed the move of the Obama administration. As per the plans, Dalai Lama will come to Washington on Feb 17th. The meeting is one of the most eagerly awaited ones among world leaders. China is already angry that USA has not paid heed to its request. It remains to be seen what the Chinese Government says after the meeting takes place.

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