Meeting with Dalai not postponed: White House

It also said that a strong US-China relationship will help the cause of the Tibetan people.
“Tibetan people know that our strong relationship with China helps them,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters, as the mainstream US media tried to corner him on the issue of Obama postponing his meeting with the Dalai.

Meanwhile, describing the vexed Tibet issue as “a challenge to the conscience of the world,” US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has expressed hope that China would accept the Dalai Lama’s offer of direct engagement and work towards a peaceful resolution. “For more than 20 years His Holiness has advocated for Tibetan autonomy within the framework of the People’s Republic of China. His Holiness has expressed a desire to visit China and to engage directly with Chinese officials,” Pelosi said at a function held at the Capitol Hill to present the Dalai Lama with the inaugural Tom Lantos Human Rights and Justice Award. She hoped that the Chinese government would welcome this opportunity for “a peaceful resolution” of the Tibet issue.

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