May 2, 2009
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama part of solution for China: US President’s Senior AdviserSaturday, 2 May 2009, 12:50 a.m.


 
 Jeff Bader/File Photo

Dharamshala: The
US President Barack Obama’s top Asia adviser says China should see His
Holiness the Dalai Lama as “part of the solution” on Tibet instead of
trying to isolate him, French news agency AFP reported Friday.Jeff
Bader, senior director for Asia on the White House’s National Security
Council, told the Committee of 100, a Chinese-American group, that it
should use its influence in Beijing to encourage a different view of
His Holiness the Dalai Lama.”I hope that you will use that
credibility and those relationships to help persuade Chinese officials
that the Dalai Lama is not part of their problem but rather part of the
solution to the situation in Tibet,” Bader said.Bader
acknowledged that human rights have become an irritant in US-China
relations — “unsurprisingly, because China’s human rights record, as
we know, is poor.”But he said Obama believed the most effective
way to persuade China was to lead by example, citing the president’s
decision to shut down the widely condemned “war on terror” detention
camp in Guantanamo Bay.”President Obama does not believe in lecturing. He believes in leading by example, not finger-pointing,” Bader said.”President
Obama, with his unique gifts in communication and popularity, will be
looking for ways to reach out to Chinese audiences and connect,” Bader
said.Before his appointment, Bader served at the Brookings
Institution think-tank where he led a project encouraging Chinese
academics to make contact with the Dalai Lama. He said he was
pleasantly surprised at the response.”It suggested to me that
there is an openness to discussion among non-official Chinese on this
subject and I hope that one of these days officials will catch up,”
Bader said.During the current US visit, His Holiness the Dalai
Lama’s some of the most important engagement is to meet with Chinese
intellectuals and students. On Friday in Boston,
Massachusetts, His Holiness spoke to a group of Chinese students on the
current situation inside Tibet and the dialogue process between his
envoys and the Chinese leadership towards resolving the Tibetan issue.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama reiterated his efforts in bringing Tibetans
to harmonious association with the Chinese people. His
Holiness said the Chinese government should allow media and tourists
without official minders as if it claims that the situation is good in
Tibet.His Holiness said he had appealed to the international
community to visit Tibet and see things for themselves. If we are
proved wrong then we will apologize, His Holiness added.His Holiness said China lacks ‘moral authority’ in its aspiration to become a super power.

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