A French minister has told China that there is no need to turn her president's meeting with the Dalai Lama "into a psychodrama".I wish another good-looking, brainy, African-descended female diplomat I know of would display half the tart, tough insight that Ms. Yade shows in slapping down The Kingdom of the Lost Feelings. Hubba hubba!
Rama Yade, the junior minister for human rights, said on RTL radio on Sunday that the French government could meet "whomever it wants" and that it had no plans to change its relations with China.
Yade said China and France should be pooling their efforts to tackle the global financial crisis instead of feuding over Tibet.
"We need to co-operate, calmly," she said.
Meanwhile our feckless President here in Taiwan has indicated that the Dalai Lama can't come to Taiwan. Wondrously, President Ma made this announcement even though the Dalai Lama hasn't actually asked to come here....
Since the question was hypothetical — the Dalai Lama hasn’t applied for permission to visit — Ma could have avoided controversy by simply pointing this out. Instead, he chose to say the Tibetan spiritual leader would not be welcome. His statement was clearly aimed at currying favor with China. Even if such a visit had been in the cards, Ma could have stressed that it was purely for religious reasons, and that he would not meet the monk. Instead, Ma caved in completely.Fortunately, KMT legislative speaker and Ma rival Wang Jin-pyng, always happy to stand on Ma's shoulders when he is drowning, has suggested that local religious organizations invite the Dalai Lama to Taiwan in his capacity as a religious leader. The Chen Administration made great strides in cultivating ties with Tibet, (blogged here), and succeeding in bringing the Dalai Lama to Taiwan several years ago, to great public acclaim.