In a recent interview, Canadian PM, Stephen Harper spoke of his meeting with the Dalai Lama by saying the Dalai Lama "aint no ho".
Well, that's not an exact quote. According to a Reuters article, Harper said, "You know, he's not a call girl".
I felt I had to translate his comment into American English for my readers who are not fluent in Canadian.
China considers the Dalai Lama a separatist and presses world leaders to avoid meeting with him. China condemned Harper for "disgusting conduct" in October after he met the Dalai Lama in his parliamentary office with television cameras and photographers present.
The Chinese were none too happy a few years back when Dalai Lama met with U.S. President George Bush. In an article from China Daily, in 2003, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan said,
"The Dalai Lama is not simply a religious figure; he is a political figure living in exile who has long been committed to separatist activities and to undermining national unity."
Of course, other than talking, Western leaders will do very little to free Tibet from China's control. It's all a question of money.This year, our trade deficit with China averages about 20 million US Dollars a month. ( the figures at that link only go to Oct. of this year )
In an all out economic war with China, the U.S. would probably lose.We couldn't survive without the junk we buy from China.