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7 Oct, 2009 00:37

Why does President Obama ignore the Dalai Lama?

Postponing President Obama’s meeting with the Dalai Lama means the US is now turning to China, whose support it needs on a number of international issues, believes political analyst James Pinkerton.

“Most important are probably financial relations between China and the United States,” said Pinkerton. “Presumably they have ambitions for the Chinese to help them on climate change, Iran and so on. And they’ve made a calculation: Look, China can help us with those problems but the Dalai Lama cannot.”

The US President will meet the Tibetan leader after his November visit to Beijing for talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao.