President Obama held a closed-door meeting with the Dalai Lama on Saturday, despite the strong objections of the Chinese government.
The 45-minute session in the White House Map Room broke little ground on policy. In a statement released after the meeting, the White House said Obama reiterated the U.S. position that Tibet is a part of China but that he supports “the preservation of the unique religious, cultural, and linguistic traditions of Tibet and the Tibetan people throughout the world.”
Obama restated that the United States does not support Tibetan independence.
We don’t want to upset our Chinese overlords too much, now do we?