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China Changing the Rules of the Dalai Lama Game

The Sino-US conflict has reached new heights, with the “Dalai Lama issue” escalating into more than just a squirmish between the two countries, according to the Global Times. The Global Times article suggested that any meeting between the American President Obama and the Dalai Lama this month would draw attention to and emphasize the Western and Chinese ideological point of view.  

The paper quotes expert opinions, "It could be the last straw that collapses the Sino-US relationship, or Obama might “take it easy” and return to the Sino-US relationship after making his point of  “not yielding to China.”  

Whatever the cause of Obama giving China the cold shoulder, China is putting its foot down and won’t return to business as is. China is in the process of changing the rules of the game. In the past, China gave only lip service, unsupported by actual action, when the U.S. sold weapons to Taiwan and met with the Dalai Lama. This time China is truly protesting and taking countermeasures.

Source: Global Times, February 3, 2010