Obama Meets Dalai Lama, and China Is Quick to Protest


WASHINGTON — President Obama met with the Dalai Lama on Thursday, welcoming the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader to the White House for a low-profile meeting that nonetheless raised the hackles of China. The two men spoke about democracy, human rights and the need to preserve Tibet’s religious identity and culture — all issues that, predictably, […]

Feel the Need to Express Your Political Views? In China, that Will Get You Serious Jail Time.


Liu Xiaobo lives under the repressive communist Chinese system. Liu Xiaobo is going to jail. His crime? He’s a blogger who dared to call for basic freedoms in China. For that act, Liu has earned himself an 11-year sentence, and unfortunately for Liu, in the Chinese penal system that means hard labor.
Let’s have another communist [...]

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China tells U.S.: No deal on climate change – POLITICO.com


COPENHAGEN — China’s climate negotiators have told Western counterparts they can’t agree to an “operational agreement” on climate change that President Barack Obama had hoped to bring home from Copenhagen –- and will push for a short, noncommittal collective statement at the end of the talks, according to American staffers briefed on the situation.It’s not […]