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Latest pic of Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet

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I post published photos of famous places. I saw this photo in a NY Review of  Books article about the issues facing the Chinese Govt because of the Dalai Lama’s announced retirement from political affairs.

This is the first photo I have seen of this site with the Tibetan mountains in the background.

Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/04/19 at 18:23

A lot of people admire him as a man of peace!

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So WTF is he doing raising hackles in Nepal!

Parsing Sino-Indian Tensions

I have an article up at Asia Times Online under the pen name Peter Lee entitledDalai Lama at apex of Sino-Indian tensions.

It’s keyed to a high profile news item–the Dalai Lama’s provocative visit to a border town in territory held by India but disputed by China–and a significant but rather underreported development–the escalating political struggle between pro-Chinese and pro-Indian political forces now reaching its climax in Nepal.

The Chinese themselves have said that the biggest irritant to Sino-Indian relations is the unresolved border dispute. To them, it’s more of an issue than economic competition, India’s growing integration into the U.S. South Asian security regime, or Indian unease at Beijing’s cozying up to Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and the Maldives at New Delhi’s expense and raising the specter of maritime encirclement.

Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/11/10 at 05:21

Pope says societies must have GOD!

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While the Dalai Lama was pursuing “peace” in Vancouver, Pope Benedict was advising Czechs, Poles et al:

In a meeting with religious leaders on Sunday, the pope emphasized that Europe had been deeply shaped by its Christian roots. Invoking his own background as an academic, he warned the Czech academic community against allowing a modern-day preoccupation with reason to cancel out faith.

“What will happen if our culture builds itself only on fashionable arguments, with little reference to a genuine historical intellectual tradition, or on the viewpoints that are most vociferously promoted and most heavily funded?” he asked.

Some young Christians said they felt alienated by a socially conservative pope, who appeared more intent on preserving the church’s traditions than on adapting it to modern times.

Daniel Barton, 25, a youth leader in the country’s largest Protestant denomination, argued that Benedict’s “moral absolutism” made him, in some ways, more conservative than Jesus.

“A pope’s visit should energize all Christians, but I find his social conservatism quite ridiculous,” he said. “The Vatican and this pope have been absolutizing the traditions of the past without thinking of the reasoning behind these rules, which is what Jesus was fighting against.”

Jan Richter contributed reporting from Brno, and Rachel Donadio from Rome.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/09/28 at 07:17

Bombardier wins $4-billion train contract in China

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Deal is to supply 80 high-speed trains to China

I think now I understand better why our Prime Minister is being very circumspect about his Dalai Lama connection. Canadian business must come before human rights, even for a hard-ass Tory PM.

But no fooling this is a big deal for Canada and Bombardier, who seem to have found the key to doing business in China.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/09/28 at 06:16

Canadian Tory “principled actions”

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Tories give Dalai Lama a wide berth

The Dalai Lama, left, greets the crowd prior to a panel discussion with the Reverend Mpho Tutu, right, in Vancouver Sunday. The Dalai Lama is visiting Vancouver to take part in the World Peace Summit. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Canada’s high-profile welcome in 2007 enraged China, and Ottawa is still mending fences ahead of Harper’s visit to the People’s Republic

I personally find it difficult to understand the point of the Dalai Lama excitement in BC these days. On Saturday he was the Guest Editor of the Vancouver Sun. And apparently he is here on some kind of “Peace Summit”. He really appears to be more of a peace gadabout than summiteer.

But all the rich bourgeois in Vancouver seem to be very happy to pay his fare many times over.

The whole brouhaha smacks more of culture vultering than “peace”!

As for PM Harper, he is simply up to his old tricks of political peekeboo. Now he’s with the DL, now he’s not! Now China are tewwible communists, now their not so tewwible! So goes “Tory politics with Harper principles” in Canada!

The temporary discomfiture of the Canadian Govt is further demoed by this quote from the Globe and Mail:

Governor-General Michaëlle Jean had been scheduled to share the stage with the Dalai Lama yesterday, but abruptly cancelled her appearance last week.

Spokeswoman Marthe Blouin said the decision was prompted by family reasons and had nothing to do with political pressure, noting Ms. Jean intends to meet privately with the Dalai Lama on Tuesday.

“The Governor-General is free to make her own decisions … and does not need to have her schedule approved by the government,” Ms. Blouin said in an e-mail.

At the Chan Centre, sitting cross-legged and shoeless on a comfortable black chair, the Dalai Lama surprised his reverential audience at one point by admitting he was stumped by a question posed by moderator Mary Robinson. The former UN high commissioner for human rights asked him about the role of dignity in human rights.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/09/28 at 05:19

“Tibetan Exiles to Follow ‘Middle Path’ ” from NY Times

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Manila Bay Sunset

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It certainly would have left another message of bad news if they had chosen otherwise. And this beaten up world needs more movement to the “Middle Path”, especially in the US banking sector.

To read the NYT report click here!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/11/22 at 06:08

Wiser words about China, Tibet and public grandstanding

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The LA Times published an opinion piece titled “China’s view of Tibet”.

With all the public grandstanding by fringe politicians, Hollywood denizens and public hysterics, I found it refreshing that a mainline US newspaper would publish an unconventional view about this international brouhaha.

The opinion ends this way:

The tragedy is that any victims of such moral posturing will be Tibetans, who will suffer the most if a virulent new Chinese nationalism is created in response.

So far, even though Beijing’s record of rule over Tibet is less than perfect, China’s leaders have tried to preserve autonomy for Tibet. Indeed, in theory there is no fundamental disagreement between the position of the exiled Dalai Lama, Tibetan Buddhists’ foremost spiritual leader, and that of the Chinese government. The Dalai Lama advocates autonomy, not independence; the official Chinese government policy paper on Tibet says that it “regards exercise of regional ethnic autonomy in areas where ethnic communities live in compact communities as a basic policy for solving the ethnic issue.”

Given this, the West should try to narrow, not widen, the gulf between the Dalai Lama and the Chinese government. But that is the work of quiet diplomacy, not grandstanding.

Kishore Mahbubani, dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, wrote “The New Asian Hemisphere: The Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East.”

Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/04/26 at 07:53