As scheduled, the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama on Wednesday left for the United States to meet President Barack Obama. The meeting which has angered China, will become part of the Dalai Lama’s campaign to cast a global spotlight on the conditions of Tibet.
The monk who lived in exile in India since 1959 it would start his visit to greet Tibetan Losar fellow citizens.
Government Obama has raised concerns about human rights in Tibet, but the planned meeting with the monk as 74 private meetings. Therefore the meeting will be held at the White House Map Room, not in the Oval Office.
Beijing opposed to any meeting with the Dalai Lama, considered the decision of the United States as something wrong and the impact on US-China relations. But the Dalai Lama’s advisers dismissed the criticism of China and thought something unusual.
“The meeting at the White House will give a special message to those who live in Tibet. They would feel encouraged that the president of the United States, the global superpower, willing to meet with the Holy Father. It means the world has not forgotten them,” said the Dalai Lama’s secretary, Chhime Chhoekyapa .
The Dalai Lama has been several times to the United States and meet the country’s leaders, including George HW Bush in 1991. While Obama, last year did not meet the Dalai Lama because of criticism from within the country at the beginning of his reign.
Obama has asked for extensive cooperation with China, but since the early years of strained relations since the two plan to meet the Dalai Lama Obama and approval of arms sales package of 6.4 billion dollars to Taiwan.
Leonard Leo, Chairman of the International Religious Liberty Commission of the United States, a government advisory board, said he hoped that Obama’s meeting with the Dalai Lama is not just talking about politik.Obama should seek advice about how to think creatively to overcome thorny problems in Tibet.
“Objection Obama Beijing for a meeting with the Dalai Lama should not hinder efforts to bridge the government’s plans to improve the living standards of Tibetans and the demands for freedom of religion and protection of their culture and unique language,” said Leo.
The Dalai Lama said he accepted the government of his homeland China, where Beijing sent troops in 1950. But he refused to cap Beijing’s government called it a wolf in monk’s clothing “and accusing him advocate separatism.