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McCain Meets the Dalai Lama

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Not Seen in the MSM:

The Republican presidential contender sat down with the exiled Tibetan spiritual and political leader in Aspen, Colo., to discuss “issues of mutual concern,” a McCain aide said, including talks between the Dalai Lama and China, as well as show “the international community can best support the Dalai Lama in his efforts.”

After the meeting with the Dalai Lama, Sen. McCain offered tough criticisms of China and urged its leaders to show more progress in addressing political grievances. “The U.S. welcomes good relations with China, but it does no service to the Chinese government and certainly no service to the people of China for the U.S. and other democracies to pretend that the suppression of rights in China doesn’t concern us,” Sen. McCain said.

Over the years, activists have turned the Dalai Lama into a symbol not just of the struggle for Tibetan autonomy but, more broadly, of political and human rights in China. Especially given the timing, Sen. McCain’s meeting is a strong show of sympathy for critics of the Chinese regime at a time when the world’s attention is focused on the country.

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3 responses to “McCain Meets the Dalai Lama

  1. veracity

    The Dalai Lama is being courted as a means to further the political aspirations of politicians of every hue.
    But will it ever translate into tangible support for the Tibetan cause, or will it, as always, remain hollow lip service after the Dalai Lama has served his ‘feel good’ publicity purpose?

    Makes you think:


  2. Skye

    And the courting of European leaders was not meant to further the political aspirations of a democrat presidential wanna-be?

    Will that translate into votes for Obama? Or will it remain a hollow lip service by barack?

    Have you seen the latest Rassmussen polling data on this recent trip by Obama?

    It is very, very telling.

  3. Trish

    The bold fact that MSM hasn’t given McCain’s visit with this man of Peace, any attention, is further proof that they can’t allow McCain one iota of good press, lest their candidate’s sainthood be upstaged, again. Obama’s “enlightened” tour of Europe and the Middle East has failed to generate anything but distaste in most Americans, and that surely wasn’t the plan…

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