For decades, European countries assumed that China is a benign force in international relations.
President Obama meets with the Dalai Lama, February 18, 2010
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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 18, 2010
Statement from the Press Secretary on the President’ s Meeting with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama
“The President met this morning at the White House with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. 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. The President commended the Dalai Lama’s “Middle Way” approach, his commitment to nonviolence and his pursuit of dialogue with the Chinese government. The President stressed that he has consistently encouraged both sides to engage in direct dialogue to resolve differences and was pleased to hear about the recent resumption of talks. The President and the Dalai Lama agreed on the importance of a positive and cooperative relationship between the United States and China.”
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