November 12, 2009

China warns Obama against seeing Dalai Lama

It's not surprising that China would warn President Obama against meeting with the Dalai Lama later this month, but the way Beijing warned/chastised Obama did come across as strange:

"He is a black president, and he understands the slavery abolition movement and Lincoln's major significance for that movement," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang told reporters.

Qin pointed out the Chinese government had abolished slavery, which was widespread in Tibet during the regime of the Dalai Lama, in 1959. Obama should also realize that the Dalai Lama was trying to split China and was a serious challenge to its national unity.

"Lincoln played an incomparable role in protecting the national unity and territorial integrity of the United States," Qin said while referring to Obama’s admiration for Lincoln. China’s stance on the issue is similar to that of Lincoln, he said.

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dress's picture

Qin pointed out the Chinese government had abolished slavery, which was widespread in Tibet during the regime of the Dalai Lama, in 1959. Obama should also realize that the Dalai Lama was trying to split China and was a serious challenge to its national unity.

“Lincoln played an incomparable role in protecting the national unity and territorial integrity of the christian louboutinUnited States,” Qin said while referring to Obama’s admiration for Lincoln. China’s stance on the issue is similar to that of Lincoln, he said.

nyaze's picture

agree with sarah and ron. politics is inherently messy and delusional, with every party seeking to portray themselves as the blameless innocent.

ego-derived concepts like nationality and political affiliation are what they are.

Ron's picture

Sarah: You obviously have your own political agenda...why not be honest about it and tell what you really think.

Sarah's picture

Can someone please explain what Sino-Tibetan political relationships have got to do with Buddhism?

Tricycle, why are you wallowing in politics?

Inbal's picture

why not saying it out loud? Obama never respected his spiritual teachers he abandoned his pastor and I doubt he will have problem ignoring HHDL after he already got his picture with him when he ran for election. No need to blame the Chinese for this as we all know their motives but some how blind to who Obama really serves here.
As for HH the Dalai Lama - I can understand why the Chinese will try to make him a politic figure - I cant understand why Trycycle will give such nonsense any written space...

Howie's picture

China is becoming such a sad country. I mean, come on, do they really expect us as intellegent human beings to believe that the Dalai Lama represents slavery??? Why can't we all just get along? I for one can not believe in the year 2009 that there is still such ignorance in this world..................... Metta

konchog's picture

That's...wow, even for China that's really swimming in the weeds.

nathan's picture

Just a guess, based on the Chinese government's track record - Qin Gang and the others are very familiar with both Tibetan and American history, so much so that they can twist the facts all around to support their agenda in a way that might sound truthful to those who don't know the history. It's pure propaganda, these statements - nothing new or surprising at all.

Tibetan Arts and Culture's picture

Re: "Obama should also realize that the Dalai Lama was trying to split China and was a serious challenge to its national unity."

There is no context for comparison.

The greatest fallacy in even this one sentence is that Tibet was an INDEPENDENT COUNTRY in 1959, which has nothing to do with China's 'national unity'. Tibet was not a 'territory' of China.

A very offensive and odious comparison indeed. Qin Gang obviously knows little about Tibetan or American history. Study the facts, and reflect upon this.