By Tenzin Tsering
ST. PAUL — President Barack Obama’s meeting with the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Friday is the third time in last five years but no one really knows what the president is doing with the Tibetan spiritual leader.
The president never ever really invites the Dalai Lama but hardly refuses any opportunity to meet him though he postpones his meeting with the Dalai Lama in order to avoid any direct attacks from the Beijing government.
Tibetans applaude president Obama whenever he meets with the Dalai Lama but few believe Obama is just using the Tibetan spiritual leader.
Tibetan Prime Minister Dr. Lobsang Sangay often accompanies the Dalai Lama on his visit to the west, and Mr. Sangay time and again acts as a messenger of the Dalai Lama, narrating and commenting on the Dalai Lama’s meetings with foreign leaders including president Obama.
However, what we hear from the Tibetan prime minister or what the White House is trying to describe of the meetings is not what the two Nobel Leaureates are targeting to. Discussions of the two are as much censored as the meetings are closed to the media.
Not just their words but even photographs of the meetings are centored and limited to the public. In last three visits, only one photograph from each of the three meetings was released to the media, and what we hear is all about Obama’s praise for the Dalai Lama or the two nodding in agreement to create a peaceful world. All sound southing but all is not well—just a symbolic.
Obama is a good person but he is no different from other American politicians. He recounts the Dalai Lama’s peace initiaves but understandingably he is entitled to be a good politician than a good co-peace initiator.
Whatever Obama does, he probably does it in the interest of his country. Obama is one of the Nobel Peace Prize winners but that doesn’t makes him to value peace over politics.
Tibetans should not forget that Obama once took the Dalai Lama from a backward door through garbages while calling for a meeting at the White House. He also once postponed his meeting with the Tibetan spiritual leader to avoid iritating Beijing. And it is a well public known fact that all the three meetings with the Dalai Lama are held in White House’s map room, not in the official office of the president, Oval office.
There is nothing really to hope at the moment though the two leaders have discussed much during the one-hour meeting. It is just a symbolic and in politics, symbolics might matter but as of now, it is no more than a mere game where the Dalai Lama card is being used by the U.S.A. president.
If there is a politician who really has the guts to challenge China, it is not Obama, but the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. And what Obama made to meet the Dalai Lama this time whithout postponing or taking from the backward through garbage is all thanks to China Sea Confrontations where the U.S.A. is trying to have a say over confrontations.
When it comes to America’s asia pivotal policy, China is a much hidden fear as Japan is a friendship flag factor. Japan especially under Abe’s administration, is a good partner of the United States when it comes to facing the fearful parts of Asia—China and north Korea.
Shinzo Abe, a follower of the Buddhist head the Dalai Lama along with the Dalai Lama’s host country India, and together with the U.S.A. President Barack Obama, might can force the Chinese President Xi Jinping to sit with the Dalai Lama to talk Tibet and much more. Who knows the meetings of the two might be all about planting for such a senario in the near future?
Tendar Tsering is a freelance journalist based in Minnesota, U.S.A. Previously he worked with ibtimes.com, hngn.com, phayul.com, pagalguy.com, and he also runs a Tibetan journal in english- www.tibettelegraph.com.