Dalai Lama to receive US Congressional Gold Medal
Saturday, October 13, 2007
The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso will arrive in the United States on Tuesday and will meet with U.S. President George W. Bush. On Wednesday he will attend a ceremony in his honor where he will be awarded the highest honor in the U.S. for a civilian, the Congressional Gold Medal.
This also marks an historical moment as it is the first time ever that a sitting U.S. President will appear with the Dalai Lama at a public event.
The honor has not gone without protest. China objected, accusing the Dalai Lama of "separatist activities." China also condemned a meeting with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel calling the meeting a mistake and that relations between the two nations were damaged.
"We would hope that the Chinese leader would get to know the Dalai Lama as the president sees him, as a spiritual leader and someone who wants peace," said White House spokeswoman, Dana Perino.
The U.S. decided to award the Dalai Lama with the medal due to "his many enduring and outstanding contributions to peace, nonviolence, human rights and religious understanding."
- Alex Villarreal. "Dalai Lama to Receive US Congressional Gold Medal" — , October 13, 2007
- Paul Eckert. "U.S. award opportunity for China: Dalai Lama envoy" — , October 13, 2007
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