Dalai Lama to Meet
18/September/2007 21:40 CATEGORIES:Politics|
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will meet with
the Dalai Lama in October. The meeting has Chinese
officials very upset. Especially since the meeting
will take place on government grounds.
"We are against the provision of venues by
foreign countries to the Dalai Lama's secessionist
activities and also against foreign dignitaries
meeting with him." -Statement by Chinese officials
to the Globe and Mail
The Chinese, who have run a behind-the-scenes
campaign to prevent a formal meeting between the
Tibetan leader and the prime minister, claim that the
Dalai Lama is not a mere religious figure. Instead,
they argue that he is a political figure who aims to
split their country apart.
The Dalai Lama has had positive results recently on
the world stage. Last year, U.S. President George W.
Bush signed a bill giving the Dalai Lama a
Congressional Gold Medal, once again over Chinese
objections. More recently, German Chancellor Angela
Merkel is scheduled to meet with the Dalai Lama at
the chancellery in Berlin in September.
By the way, did you know that the
Dalai Lama and George W. Bush have the same
birthday (July 6).
A good reason not to
depend on astrology.
The Dalai Lama is
welcomed to the White House by President Bush on
September 10, 2003. (White House)