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State Media Report on Overseas Chinese Reaction to Obama-Dalai Lama Meeting

State media have extensively reported overseas Chinese opposition to Obama’s February 18 meeting with the Dalai Lama. Xinhua, People’s Daily and China News Service reported that leaders in the overseas Chinese communities protested, via media interviews, forums, rallies and letters, against Obama, in unison with the China’s official stance on the Dalai Lama meeting. Such actions as reported (in answering the call of the Communist Party to stay with the Party line) have raised concerns that they may further widen the gap between Chinese communities and the mainstream in their respective countries, aggravating an image crisis.

Source: Boxun, February 20, 2010

China News Service, February 19, 2010