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Will President Obama’s meeting with the Dalai Lama harm relations between China and the U.S.?

  • Yes, but it's correct to do.

    China has been persecuting those from Tibet who are led by the Dalai Lama for many years now and it is right that our country's leader, President Obama, meet with this revered and holy man. The government of China probably is not going to be happy about that but it is the right thing to do.

  • President Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama will not harm relations with China.

    Because China does not want to recognize the position of the Dalai Lama or the cause of Tibet's freedom, they make a big fuss whenever the Dalai Lama meets with a significant world leader. However, China really needs to keep the U.S. as its number one trade partner. So while China may make a fuss about Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama, ultimately it is all a lot of bluster.

  • No, I don't think President Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama harms US-China Relations.

    While China may be displeased to see that President Obama is meeting with the Dalai Lama I don't think it will be enough of an issue to meaningfully harm US-Chinese relations in any way, the US-Chinese relationship is primarily based off of trade exports and imports and it will always be driven by that.

  • No, Both countries are increasingly inter-dependent

    I don't think President Obama’s meeting with the Dalai Lama harm relations between China and the U.S. The United States recognizes Tibet as part of China and does not support Tibetan independence.Both countries are increasingly inter-dependent and have to cooperate on international issues such as Iran and North Korea. China is also the United States' biggest foreign creditor. As of July 31, China held $1.28 trillion in U.S. Treasury bonds

  • He is not political.

    No, President Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama will not harm relations between China and the United States, because the Dalai Lama is not a political figure. The meeting is not intended to have an impact on politics. Rather, meeting the Dalai Lama is akin to meeting the Pope. It is for spiritual purposes.


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