No Dalai Lama, China Warns Bush

China’s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi strongly denounced the Bush meeting with exiled Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama. He claimed the meeting will be a gross violation of the norms of international relations and could have “an extremely serious impact on relations.” A White House spokesperson, Dana Perino rsponded: “We in no way want to stir the pot and make China feel that we are poking a stick in their eye. We understand the Chinese have strong feelings about this.” Bush and Congress will award the Dalai Lama the Congressional Medal of Honor for his gallant fight for peace and the rights of Tibet. The Chinese government describes the Dalai Lama as a “separatist” because he wants an independent Tibet while China claims that area is part of the Chinese nation.

First, Turkey tells the American government which resolutions it can pass, and now China is telling our government who is allowed to visit the White House. I doubt very much if Turkey would allow America to determine what is said in their parliament anymore than China will allow the United States to decide who visits or does not visit government officials. China has relations with Iran despite the American government’s hostility toward that nation. Would China accept an American demand to cease relations with Iran and not allow any Chinese official to visit that nation? Obviously, they would correctly reject such a demand as interference in the internal affairs of China.