Dalai Lama

US may delay annual report on China’s military power

Washington, Mar 4 : The United States is likely to postpone the release of its annual report on China's military power, which is being seen as a bid to smoothen strained ties with Beijing after US President Barack Obama''s meeting with the Dalai Lama.

According to certain media reports, the annual report may be delayed until May, to pave the way for Chinese President Hu Jintao's likely visit to Washington in April to attend a global nuclear security summit.

US Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg and Senior White House adviser for Asian Affairs Jeffrey Bader are currently in Beijing on a trip that some analysts have said is aimed at mending the relation between the two countries.


Dalai Lama’s take on Tiger Woods’ Buddhism, infidelity

Dalai LamaWashington, Feb. 22 : The Dalai Lama may have never heard of Tiger Woods and his famous “transgressions” but the spiritual leader appears to share similar views on Buddhism and infidelity.

Woods, who recently renounced his adulterous ways in a carefully crafted apology to his family, fans, and fellow golfers, remained an unfamiliar subject to the Dalai Lama, who is on a US tour after his controversial meeting with President Barack Obama last week.

He called his unfamiliarity with sports “my disgrace” when questioned on the subject.

When told of the golfer''s indiscretions and subsequent enlightenment, he made observations about restraint close to the line Woods took.


US, China 'just agree to disagree' on Dalai Lama

Washington, Feb 20 : The US has brushed aside Chinese protests over President Barack Obama's and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's meetings with the Dalai Lama saying "we just agree to disagree" on this subject.

State Department spokesman Phillip J. Crowley Friday noted that the Chinese had summoned US ambassador Jon Huntsman to lodge protests over the meetings here Thursday.

"That said, we continued our dialogue with the Dalai Lama as US administrations of both parties have for a number of years," he said. "I think on this issue, obviously, we just agree to disagree."

The Dalai Lama has now met every sitting US president since George H. W. Bush in 1991.


'Too much silence in Chinese parliament, too much noise in Indian parliament'

Dalai LamaWashington, Feb 20 : Honoured with the prestigious Democracy Service Medal, the Dalai Lama has hailed India's democracy, saying very unlike China it gives space for everyone to express their views.

"I found big difference between Indian and Chinese parliaments," said the Tibetan spiritual leader as he received the award in recognition of his commitment to advancing the principles of democracy and human dignity at the Library of Congress Friday.

"In Chinese parliament there is too much silence and in Indian parliament there is too much noise," quipped the Dalai Lama, who has lived in exile in India since 1959 when he fled his homeland after a failed uprising against Chinese rule.


Obama meets Dalai Lama, speaks for human rights

Obama meets Dalai Lama, speaks for human rightsWashington, Feb 19 - Brushing off Chinese warnings, President Barack Obama met with the Dalai Lama to express his "strong support" for human rights and religious freedom for the people of Tibet while encouraging a direct dialogue with China.

"The president stated his strong support for the preservation of Tibet's unique religious, cultural and linguistic identity and the protection of human rights for Tibetans in the People's Republic of China," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs stated after their meeting Thursday at the White House.


Obama ignores China, to meet Dalai Lama in White House ` Map Room''

Barack ObamaWashington, Feb. 18 : US President Barack Obama will meet Tibet''s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, today putting a further strain on America''s relations with China.

China has called on Washington to cancel the meeting, describing it as a ''wrong decision'', which will harm ties between the countries, reports Sky News.

The Dalai Lama, who has met every American President since 1991, often uses foreign trips to highlight what he says is China''s poor treatment of his homeland.

The White House has described the meeting as private and that Obama will receive the 74-year-old monk in the Map Room, and not in the more official Oval Office.


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