Obama meets Hu, says Tibet part of China

[This is an important article that we missed from the President’s recent trip to China. H/T to Tartan Marine]

Times of India
17 November 2009

BEIJING: Describing Tibet as part of China, US President Barack Obama today supported the early resumption of talks between Beijing and representatives of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama.

“We did note that while we recognise that Tibet is part of the People’s Republic of China, the United States supports the early resumption of dialogue” between the Dalai Lama’s representatives and Beijing,” Obama said after his meeting with Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao.

Chinese President Hu Jintao hailed US President Barack Obama’s recognition of sovereignty issues dear to China.

“China approves of President Obama’s repeated reiteration of the one-China principle,” Hu told reporters…

…Obama did not meet Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, when he was in Washington in early October. But the Dalai Lama has said they may meet after Obama returns from China, which condemns the Buddhist monk as a separatist for demanding Tibetan self-determination.

China, which has governed Tibet since its troops occupied the territory in the 1950s, has repeatedly accused the Dalai Lama of leading a campaign to split the Himalayan region from the rest of the country…

The article, with video, continues here.

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