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New governments do the Dalai shuffle


Malcolm Cook

3 November 2009 08:02

I have been watching carefully to see how new left-leaning governments in Australia, the US and now Japan would position themselves on a range of issues in order to forge closer relations with the People's Republic of China. It seems that when it comes to dealing with visits from the Dalai Lama, they are in lock-step.

In September, President Obama announced he would not meet the Dalai Lama during his October visit to Washington. In October, Prime Minister Rudd quietly announced the same for when the Dalai Lama visits our shores in far off December. Now Prime Minister Hatoyama has also passed on the opportunity to meet the Dalai Lama, instead passing him a message of support. In opposition, Hatoyama took a very different position.

Will Prime Minister John Key in New Zealand (head of a right-leaning government) fall into line as well?

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