Patt Morrison for February 17, 2010

President Obama will meet with the Dalai Lama, despite China’s chagrin

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President Obama will meet with the Dalai Lama, despite China’s chagrin

In a move sure to escalate tensions with China, President Obama is scheduled to meet this Thursday with the Dalai Lama, who China still accuses of pushing for Tibetan independence and considers a threat to Chinese sovereignty. The Tibetan spiritual leader’s chief envoy says the two leaders aren’t likely to make a public appearance together during the White House visit, but the meeting still risks jeopardizing China’s support in settling North Korean and Iranian nuclear standoffs, as well as the country’s cooperation on future economic, military and environmental issues. How far can China be pushed and is it worth it?

Guest:

James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly; author of “Postcards from Tomorrow Square: Reports from China;” Fallows recently returned from China, where he lived for several years


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