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There is a brewing subterranean cold war between China and Obama’s US.

The latest activities of the US in Asia, especially Obama’s invitation and subsequent meeting of the Dalai Lama, believed to be the spiritual leader, if not political leader of separatist Tibet.

Tibet is seeking US support to get greater autonomy from Beijing. China is hard cast not to recognize Tibet as a state. Tibet’s and further Dalai Lama’s relationship with China is sour.

Last month, in a characteristic US mischief in International relations; the meeting between the Dalai Lama and President Obama was strategically delayed until after Obama’s first visit to Beijing. This was in the hope that Obama might win Chinese cooperation on climate change policy and sanctions against Iran.

Since Obama’s request did not materialize, he went ahead with the Dalai Lama meeting on Friday 19th, February as a veiled derision to the already troubled Sino-America relationship.

According to political analysts, the meeting between Obama and the Dalai Lama was carefully choreographed so that the two men would defy formal Chinese protests and revive the long standing tradition of US support for the autonomy of Tibet from Beijing. This move has the potential of jeopardizing a range of US interests from Iran and the value of the Dollar.

Although the White House has stressed Dalai Lama will be received as a spiritual leader and not a political leader, the political context of the meeting is inescapable.

The meeting is ostensibly a courtesy call by an icon of the human rights movement.

The meeting took place in the White House Map Room and not the usual Oval office.

Both Obama and the Dalai Lama are Nobel Peace Prize winners.

Yesterday on its part China threw a grand sumptuous birthday party for President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe a nemesis of US and UK. This was a foreign relations indicator to be expected in this souring Sino-America relationship.

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Wilfred Mulliro is Kenyan columnist. MA in International Studies from University of Nairobi, B.Ed. in English Literature from Kenyata University. His articles which focus on Social issues and Politics appear in Kenya's leading Newspapers.

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