Dalai Lama Visits The White House

22 02 2010

Tenzin Gayatzo, The XIV Dalai Lama, paid a visit to the White House on Thursday, February 18th meeting with President Obama, while China threatened the United States and any other country that met with the Tibetan spiritual leader with severe consequences.

President Barack Obama meets with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the Map Room of the White House February 18, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Zhu Weiqun, executive vice director of the United Front Work Department, the arm of the Chinese Communist Party, said that The Dalai Lama is a dangerous separatist.

“Any move by American leaders to meet the Dalai Lama, will harm others, but bring no profit to itself, either,” Says Mr. Weiqun.

Mr. Weiqun, did not elaborate on what actions it would take against the U.S.

President Obama told the Chinese Government last year, on his visit, that he would meet with the Dalai Lama, saying that the U.S. stands firm on recognizing Tibet as a part of China and that China should preserve and protect Tibet’s cultural and religious traditions.

The Dalai Lama who is 74 and is living in exile in India says that he only wants “genuine autonomy” for Tibet and not independence.

The Dalai Lama, a Buddhist Monk who came into power at the age of 15 and who was recognized at the age of two by the thirteenth Dalai Lama as the 14th reincarnation of the Buddha of Compassion, announced on March 10th 2009, the 50th anniversary of the failed Tibetan uprising against the Chinese, that China has turned Tibet into a, ”Hell on earth.”

In 1989, the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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