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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Obama Meets With An Admitted Marxist in The White House!

Obama sneaks Dalai Lama into WH; no press, no Oval
President Obama Meets With the Dalai Lama at the White House as China Objects

Published July 16, 2011
| Associated Press - FOX News

President Barack Obama held a White House meeting Saturday with the Dalai Lama, a fellow Nobel Peace laureate, hours after China called on the U.S. to rescind an invitation that could sour relations with Beijing.
The Tibetan spiritual leader has been in Washington for an 11-day Buddhist ritual. Thousands of expatriate Tibetans joined a 76th birthday celebration Wednesday for the Dalai Lama, who's just relinquished leadership of Tibet's government-in-exile.

The White House said that during the 45-minute private session in the Map Room, Obama "underscored the importance of the protection of human rights of Tibetans in China." In a statement issued after the meeting, the White House also said Obama reiterated his support for the preservation of Tibet's religious, cultural and linguistic traditions.
Obama restated U.S. policy that it does not support Tibetan independence, a goal that the Dalai Lama said he also does not seek.

In a nod to the criticism from Beijing, Obama also stressed to the Dalai Lama that he considers a cooperative relationship between the United States and China to be important, according to the White House statement.
In remarks after the meeting forwarded by Kate Saunders from the International Campaign for Tibet, the Dalai Lama said of his visit with Obama: "Firstly we developed a very close sort of feeling for each other." He said Obama expressed his concern over basic human values, such as human rights and religious freedoms. "So naturally he shows genuine concern about suffering in Tibet and other places."

A Chinese crackdown led the Dalai Lama to flee into exile in India in 1959. China says he's welcome to return if he drops his separatist activities, accepts Tibet as an inalienable part of China and recognizes Taiwan as a province of China.
Hours before the Dalai Lama's arrival, the Chinese Foreign Ministry urged the White House to cancel the visit.
"We firmly oppose any foreign official to meet with the Dalai Lama in any form," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in a statement posted on the ministry's website.
"We request the U.S. side to honor its serious commitment that recognizes Tibet as part of China and opposes Tibet independence," Hong said.
The White House kept the meeting low-key, closing it from news reporters and photographers. It chose the Map Room for the visit instead of the Oval Office, which is reserved for visiting heads of state.

The visit comes less than 10 days before U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to visit the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. Vice President Joseph Biden is also scheduled to visit China this summer, followed by a trip to Washington by his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.
Obama had been criticized by pro-Tibetan activists for putting off an invitation during the Dalai Lama's stay in the capital. White House officials said the president's schedule had been occupied with debt-limit negotiations with congressional leaders.
Obama last met the Dalai Lama in February 2010.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/07/16/president-obama-meets-with-dalai-lama-at-white-house-as-china-complains/#ixzz1SKfIB0jZ

Obama's meets Dalai Lama amid tense relationship with China

By Alexander Bolton 07/16/11 04:39 PM ET - TheHill.com
White House photo of President Obama with the Dalai Lama.
President Obama with the Dalai Lama, White House photo
White House photo of President Obama with the Dalai Lama.
A Saturday meeting between President Obama and the Dalai Lama has further strained relations between the U.S. and its biggest foreign creditor, China.
Tensions between the U.S. and China, the world’s largest holder of Treasury securities, had already been running high over the possibility of a U.S. default on Aug. 3 or shortly after. 
Still, that did not stop Obama from meeting with Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader despite a stern warning from China’s foreign minister.
Obama met with the Dalai Lama for 45 minutes in the map room where the two Nobel peace laureates discussed the importance of preserving religious, cultural and language traditions of the Tibetan people. Tibet became a part of China after a 1951 military invasion.
Obama reiterated his strong support for preserving Tibetan traditions and underscored the importance of protecting the human rights of Tibetans living in China, according to a statement released by the White House.
“The President commended the Dalai Lama’s commitment to nonviolence and dialogue with China and his pursuit of the ‘Middle Way’ approach,” the White House stated in its press release.
Chinese government officials opposed the meeting and China’s foreign ministry urged Obama to cancel it.
“We firmly oppose any senior foreign government officials meeting with the Dalai Lama in any way,” the ministry said in a statement reported by the BBC and other outlets.
Obama met with the religious leader in February 2010 over strong Chinese objections. Obama declined to meet with him in the fall of 2009, however, a move that was interpreted as an effort to win favor with China’s government.
U.S. lawmakers have long accused China of giving itself an trade advantage by manipulating its currency but relations have grown more tense between the two nations in recent weeks because of a possible U.S. default.
China’s foreign ministry warned the U.S. government to take steps to guarantee against a national default, which could happen next month if Congress fails to raise the federal debt limit by Aug. 2.
A ministry spokesman on Thursday urged the U.S. to adopt “responsible policies and measures to guarantee the interests of investors.”
China held $1.2 trillion worth of U.S. Treasury securities as of April of this year.
Also this week, the Dagong Global Credit Company, a Chinese credit agency, warned that it would downgrade the U.S. credit rating “if there is no significant change in its repayment ability” during a period of probation.
Obama showed some sensitivity to China’s concerns over his scheduled meeting with the Dalai Lama by not holding it in the Oval Office, which is usually reserved for heads of state.
Obama was careful not to stoke any Tibetan nationalist sentiment.
“Reiterating the U.S. policy that Tibet is a part of the People’s Republic of China and the United States does not support independence for Tibet, the President stressed that he encourages direct dialogue to resolve long-standing differences and that a dialogue that produces results would be positive for China and Tibetans,” read the White House statement.
The White House reported the Dalai Lama “stated that he is not seeking independence for Tibet and hopes the dialogue between his representatives and the Chinese government can soon resume.”
'I'm a Marxist,' Dalai Lama tells Chinese students
By Cathy Lynn Grossman, Updated 06/10/2011 11:13 AM - USA TODAY
Usually what we hear from the Dalai Lama is an insistant yet soothing voice for compassion and peace.

So Tsering Namgyal, a journalist based in Minneapolis, was jolted by the Dalai Lama's talk to 150 Chinese students this month at the University of Minnesota. Writing at Religion Dispatches, he says:

Midway through the conversation, His Holiness, much to their surprise, told them "as far as socio-political beliefs are concerned, I consider myself a Marxist ... But not a Leninist," he clarified.
After all, China is constantly pressing to legitimize its takeover of Tibet in world opinion. Meanwhile, the Buddhist spiritual leader is the global symbol of Tibetan opposition and what the opposition considers the obliteration of its independence and religious culture.

The Dalai Lama, who withdrew from his political position as head of the Tibetan government in exile earlier this year, is still the face of the cause to most Americans.

When one student asked if this didn't contradict the Dalai Lama's philosophy, he replied:

Marx was not against religion or religious philosophy per se but against religious institutions that were allied, during Marx's time, with the European ruling class. He also provided an interesting anecdote about his experience with Mao. 

He said that Mao had felt that the Dalai Lama's mind was very logical, implying that Buddhist education and training help sharpens the mind. He said he met with Mao several times, and that once, during a meeting in Beijing, the Chinese leader called him in and announced: "Your mind is scientific!" -- an assessment that was followed by the famous line, "religion is poison."

According to Namgyal, two other speakers pointed out that both Buddhism and Christianity, perhaps riding in with the surge in Western-style capitalism in China, are both on the rise there today.

Not China. Some hard-liner Communists. They really brought a lot of suffering.

He's continued chatting up on China this week during his 11-day tour of Australia. The Associated Press reports he told a crowd in Mebourne that his enemy was

Do his political and economic take affect your view of him as a spiritual voice?

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