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McCain Meets Dalai Lama, Calls On China To Release Prisoners
Published: Friday, 25 July, 2008
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain,
R-Ariz., right, talks with reporters during a news conference
with the Dalai Lama on Friday in Aspen. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)
Aspen, CO, USA, 25 July 2008 (By John Colson, The Aspen Times) – U.S. Sen. John McCain paused in his ongoing run for the presidency on Friday to trade a few pleasantries in Aspen with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and to urge China to release Tibetan political prisoners and improve its record in human rights.
The Dalai Lama, in turn, praised McCainâ€™s â€œgenuine concern about the democracy and human right and religious freedom and environment issue in China in general and in particular in Tibetâ€™s case.â€
After meeting with the Dalai Lama, McCainâ€™s motorcade returned to the airport to fly the candidate out and get him to a 5:30 p.m. speech to Hispanic military veterans in Denver.
The Dalai Lama, meanwhile, participated in a panel discussion at the Aspen Instituteâ€™s Greenwald Pavillion.
McCain said the Dalai Lama â€œrepresents the profound desire of millions of Tibetan people for basic dignity and human rights. His nonviolence approach, his lifelong work of seeking common ground across cultural and religious divides are an inspiration to all mankind.â€
McCain said he has been disappointed by Chinaâ€™s public accusations that the Dalai Lama was behind recent protests in Tibet against Chinese rule (China invaded Tibet in the 1950s, driving the Dalai Lama into exile in India, and have ruled the small nation ever since.)
â€œSuch rhetoric doesnâ€™t serve the cause of peaceful change and reconciliation,â€ McCain said. â€œI urge the Chinese leaders to engage in talks … with His Holinessâ€™ representatives in addressing the just grievances of the Tibetan people, and I urge the Chinese government to release Tibetan political prisoners, account for Tibetans who have disappeared since the protest in March, and engage in meaningful dialogue in genuine autonomy for Tibet.â€
While the U.S. welcomes good relations with China, McCain said, â€œit does no service to the Chinese government, and certainly no service to the people of China, for the United States and other democracies to pretend that the suppression of rights in China does not concern us. It does, will and must concern us.â€
The Dalai Lama, speaking after McCain, said his â€œbasic commitment is promotion of human value. That means human compassion, human affection. It is, I believe, the biological factor. We need that. This body come from mother, and motherâ€™s affection, motherâ€™s compassion is, I think, the most important experience in our life.â€
His other missions are to promote â€œsecular ethicsâ€ and to encourage â€œreligious harmony,â€ he said, as well as to proclaim to the world about the repression of the Tibetan people and culture.