Dave Killion — July 17, 2011

US President Barack Obama has met with the Dalai Lama, and the Chinese government is unhappy

“China spoke out strongly Sunday against a meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama, saying it “hurt the feelings of the Chinese people and harmed Sino-U.S. relations.”

“This action seriously interfered with China’s internal affairs,” said Ma Zhaoxu, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, in a statement, adding that officials have lodged formal complaints with their U.S. counterparts in Beijing and Washington.”

Relax, says Washington –

“During the closed-door visit at the White House, Obama stressed the U.S. policy that “Tibet is a part of the People’s Republic of China and the United States does not support independence for Tibet,” the White House said.”

STFU, White House! First of all, the US government is not the United States, so don’t none of y’all go saying, “The US supports this” or “The US doesn’t support that”. Secondly, the US government isn’t supposed to go sticking it’s nose into the internal affairs of any other country. If Tibet, or Xinjiang, or Sichuan, or any other province wants independence from China, that’s not a concern for the US government. Americans who want to support one side or the other can do so, but when the federal government starts in, sooner or later you’re dropping civilian-killing bombs on places like Libya and encouraging resentment against your whole country. Just knock it off, feds.

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