Not much is known about the agenda or if there was a purpose at all when the US president Barack Obama is meeting the Buddhist spiritual leader and propagator of Tibetan independence, Dalai Lama in a closed door meeting at the White House on Wednesday.
The Tibetan leader is in Washington and had met both the Democratic and Republican members of Congress. The Nobel Peace prize winner gave a speech at the US Institute of Peace, before beginning the speech he observed one minute of silence for the victims of mass shooting in Orlando.
“As a figure revered by Tibetans and people around the world, His Holiness (the Dalai Lama) reminds us of our great responsibility to act to safeguard human rights, promote equality and protect the environment,” the Democratic Leader of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi said in a press statement.
The White House has not allowed news media coverage of the meeting between the spiritual leader and the outgoing President of United States, and so everyone is kept guessing including China.
The China government has not taken this incident lying low and it does get touchy when referring to Tibet. It warned US and hoped that the visits of Dalai Lama and even the Taiwanese president Tsia Ing-wen do not interfere Washington’s support of One China Policy.
The Foreign Ministry Spokesman of China, Lu Kang announced, “We hope the US government fulfils its commitments … and not send wrong signals to those who attempt to divide China.”