Barack Obama and Dalai Lama have met, despite China's threats of damaging relations with the former. Incidentally, more than a threat, it shows the jittery grounds on which China is standing..insecured and scared of losing Tibet.
It is not known whether th emeeting was strategically placed during heightened tensions between United States and China over Beijing's aggressive persuit of territorial claims in East Asia.
However, Barack Obama's small gesture of meeting the great preacher in the White HOuse residence may have sent out a message of personal interest and nothing political. Obama's fourth meeting with the Dalai Lama in the White House, this meeting had no political obligations. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that Obama thanked Dalai Lama for his condolences for the victims of the Orlando club.
Clearing the White House's stance of considering Tibet a part of China, the spokesperson said that the idea has not changed. He also emphasized that Obama spoke particularly of his "warm personal feelings" for the Dalai Lama, appreciation of his teachings and belief ".
It was a mere meeting China, Tibet does not want independence
Though the Dalai Lama said that they discussed about the present situation in Tibet, there was no discussion on Independence since being a part of China was Tibet's interest, given the fact that "China provided full right of preservation of our own culture, or rich Buddhist knowledge, knowledge of Buddhist philosophy, these things."
On an optimistic note, Lama also said that the Chinese President Xi Jinping had praised Buddhism and said that it was an important part of the Chinese culture. He said," So this is something new, for a leader of a Communist party, you see, mentioning some positive things about leader of Buddhism, wonderful."
China's idea of 'dangerous' Dalai Lama
China's internal ministry said that the growing closeness between US and Tibet may hamper the relationship between the US and China as the latter considers Dalai Lama as a "dangerous" separatist. Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said that the meeting would encourage "separatist forces". China insisted that a meeting with a Tibetan representative was a breach of trust.
China's official news agency said, "Supporting Tibet's independence is a clear interference in China's internal affairs and is in gross violation of the norms of international relations. Playing the 'Tibet card' shows the US government is overdrawing its political credit and international prestige."
The reason behind the insecurity dates back to the Dalai Lama's last meeting with Barack Obama where he urged for unconditional support from the US for Tibet's independence.
The big fight over the Western Pacific
Japan and the United States rue that China is aggressively infuencing the Western Pacific front with submarines and surface vessels in order to push territorial claims in the neighbouring South China Sea, also expanding and building on islands.
China argues that this was in response of the military patrols close to the islands, which US considers to be a move to protect freedom of navigation.
The tension is sustained even with the "one-China" policy. Beijing warns Washington to stick to itahead of Teipei President's arrival. A US State Department spokeswoman, Anna Richey-Allen said, "There is no change to the US 'One-China' policy. Tsai would be greeted as a courtesy in Miami and Los Angeles by officials of the American Institute in Taiwan, a de facto embassy that handles US relations with Taiwan."
China's attitude toward its neighbors and toward the Western power sometimes speak of a rattling foundation that is built on uncertainty and isolation. Is communism paying China back?