While Obama has been criticized for saying that Tibet is part of China (here), he showed a refreshing degree of independence from China by meeting with the Dalai Lama. In the past, China has been able to pressure leaders (including past presidents) to avoid such meetings). Recently, South Africa even barred the Dalai Lama from an international peace conference, here.
What is interesting is that the meeting occurred after China began to dump U.S. debt and start a panic on U.S. treasury notes due to our economic policies and lack of fiscal discipline.
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