China to Obama: Don’t Meet With Dalai Lama or Suffer the Consequences

February 2, 2010

(ChattahBox)—China has upped its rhetoric a notch these past weeks, in response to the censorship and hacking dispute with Google and the United State’s recent decision to sell $6.4 billion worth of arms to Taiwan. Now, the Communist country is angry over President Obama’s plans to meet with Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. China warned that relations between the two countries would be “seriously undermined” if such a meeting took place.

A senior Chinese communist party official warned that Beijing plans to take action against the U.S. if the meeting goes ahead as planned. Zhu Weiqun, executive deputy head of the Communist Party’s United Front Work Department, said a meeting between President Obama and the Dalai Lama would “seriously undermine the political foundation of Sino-U.S. relations.”

“We will take corresponding measures to make the relevant countries realize their mistakes,” he said at a news conference in Beijing,” added Zhu.

The Dalai Lama is scheduled for a visit to Washington later this month. And the White House has indicated that the president intends to meet with the exiled spiritual leader, but no date has been set.



3 Responses to “China to Obama: Don’t Meet With Dalai Lama or Suffer the Consequences”

  1. Josh on February 2nd, 2010 1:41 pm

    The fall-out will be a cancellation of Hu’s visit to US in April, release of US debt and blocking of Iran sanction. This is the price we may have to pay for the meeting.

  2. China Opposes Visit Between Obama and Dalai Lama - National Security Law Brief on February 2nd, 2010 2:09 pm

    […] that we intend to meet with the Dalai Lama.” Chinese Communist Party Official Zhu Weiqun said that if a meeting occurs, China “will take corresponding action to make relevant countries see […]

  3. Old Man Dotes on February 2nd, 2010 3:07 pm

    Doing the right thing is often costly in the short term. Snubbing the Dalai Lama would be costly forever. The Chinese Communist government will not be around as long as the office of Dalai Lama will.

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