Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi met with the Dalai Lama while on a trip to India and expressed support for his peace efforts and derided charges by the Chinese government that the Dalai Lama was engaged in some nefarious plot to create violence in Tibet. Even as she spoke out in defense of the right of Tibetans to protest, a group of Tibetan protestors in New Dehli entered the compound of the Chnese embassy and overwhelmed the Dehli police who were on guard. The Chinese govenment was furious at the takeover and strongly condemened the Indian government for its failure to provide adequate protection.
Chinese Amassador Zang Yan sharply criticised the Pelosi-Dalai Lama meeting making clear, his government opposes “any coountry, organization and persons to meddle in China’s internal affairs.” Of course, the key issue is whether by occupying Tibet, the Chinese government has meddled in the affairs of an independent nation. There is also the issue of why China will not meet with the Dalai Lama and attempt to work out a compromise that ensures the rights of Tibetans while ensuring Chinese control of Tibet.