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Barack Obama, Dalai Lama meeting angers China press

President Barack Obama meets the Dalai Lama in the Map Room of the White House
President Obama expressed his "strong support" for Tibetan rights

Chinese newspapers reacted angrily to US President Barack Obama's meeting with the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, in Washington this week, seeing it as yet another provocation by the United States.

Several commentators felt that China was in a strong position to mount a counter-attack, while others urged restraint in the relationship, which has recently been challenged by several controversies.

China opposes any contacts with the Dalai Lama, saying he promotes independence for Tibet, which it considers as sovereign Chinese territory.

EDITORIAL in HONG KONG'S WEN WEI PO

It is gross interference in China's internal affairs and it will cause serious harm to Sino-US relations. Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama has exposed how the US has revived its Cold War mentality and is attempting to create trouble and contain China's development. A rising China will, of course, not sit idly by at the US' unjustified provocation, and it is bound to make a counter-attack.

WANG DAO in HONG KONG'S TA KUNG PAO

The US has frequently launched attacks against China recently on arms sales to Taiwan, the meeting with the Dalai, the Google issue, trade protectionism and the push for renminbi revaluation... One black cloud after another is covering the sky, and a 'fierce struggle' between China and the US could be set off at any moment!... At this moment, the Chinese should adhere to the middle way, let the Americans suffer 'indirectly' and not confront them head-on.

NG HONG-MUN in HONG KONG'S MING PAO

The arrogance of the Americans will not change just because there is a new president... However, China and the US are mutually dependent on each other and need to co-operate... We should still hide our abilities and bide our time.

EDITORIAL in HONG KONG'S SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

News that China has dumped a massive amount of US treasuries has caused consternation in some quarters. Coming at a time when Sino-US relations have hit a rocky patch over American weapons sales to Taiwan and US President Barack Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama, conspiracy theorists and alarmists are having a field day... Take a deep breath now, everyone, and calm down. Other than the large amount involved, the sale itself was to be expected... It makes perfect sense for Beijing to diversify its foreign reserve holdings.

YE TAN in GUANGZHOU'S NANFANG DUSHI BAO

Typical revenge theories believe that this move [to sell US bonds] is retaliation carried out by the Chinese government against the US for creating trade friction, exchange rate pressure and diplomatic disputes, which has demonstrated China's strength. Even if this revenge theory had some truth, it could only be interpreted as foolish… From a commercial perspective, the Chinese government's reduction of holdings is commendable.

LING JIANHAO in HONG KONG ECONOMIC JOURNAL

Since Obama took office, the US right wing has been dissatisfied with Obama's conciliatory policy adopted towards China. In order to quell domestic discontent and shift the attention of citizens away from economic problems, arms sales to Taiwan and the meeting with the Dalai are being used by Obama to establish his image of being concerned about China issues and to restore his lost halo. To put it bluntly, diplomatic games have always served national interests and domestic issues.

YI FEI in BEIJING'S ZHONGGUO WANG

The US is bent on carrying out sanctions on Iran's nuclear weapons and needs the support of UN Security Council members, including China... But it has not hesitated in provoking a new round of Sino-US conflicts by interfering in China's internal affairs. This contradictory approach has always been a habit of the US… The US urgently needs to make a determined decision to completely cut its practice of violating China's sovereignty without reason and promote Sino-US relations. This is the premise for winning China's trust. (13/02/10)

YU FENGHUI in BEIJING'S ZHONGGUO WANG

Recently, the US has launched successive attacks against China on arms sales to Taiwan, Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama and Sino-US trade friction. But China has cards to play... In terms of diversifying foreign-exchange reserves, a moderate sell-off of US Treasury bonds will be beneficial and truly in line with the interests of China. (13/02/10)

YANG LIQUN in SHANGHAI'S JIEFANG RIBAO

Although the Obama administration reiterated that ''the US has no intention of containing China'', it has not and may not be willing to completely eliminate the ''US catalyst'' in ''Taiwan independence'', ''Tibet independence'' and ''Xinjiang independence''. It regards them as levers and pawns to contain China, maintain pressure on China and seek the initiative against China. (13/02/10)

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