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Readers Debate Dalai Lama's Pending Visit to Berlin

September 23, 2007

Deutsche Welle
22 Sep 2007

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's upcoming meeting with Dalai Lama --
and Chinese opposition to it -- has sparked attention from readers this
week.

       The following comments reflect the views of DW-WORLD.DE readers.
       Not all reader comments have been published. DW-WORLD.DE reserves
       the right to edit for length and appropriateness of content.

I think Germany and the whole world should take a stand against China
and advise them that bullying the Dalai Lama won't get them any where.
Now they are trying to bully Chancellor Angela Merkel -- now that's an
affront to good manners!

-- James McAndrew, Bahrain

It would be a waste and dire misfortune for anyone not to meet with the
Dalai Lama! China has brutalized Tibet, and it has been at war with
Tibet and its people. They have complied in peaceful resistance and gone
into exile to India or other countries without engaging in war. There is
a lot to be gained by listening to the Dalai Lama as this world needs
more mindfulness, compassion and peace.

-- Elaine Scarpato, US

I feel that the Dalai Lama presents a special message for the world
community: that no one should agree with a totalitarian regime
established by communist forces in Tibet. In some points the Tibet issue
could be compared with what the DDR authorities did to the German
people. Officials in modern Germany should support Dalai Lama on
official level as if they do this for the Germans.

-- Valery Nikolski, Russia

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