Should our political leaders, Howard, Rudd and the like, meet the Dalai Lama on his current trip to Australia and then have to deal with the consequences of what Chinese criticism may try to inflict on us politically, culturally and commercially?
If so, why so, and what is the best way to neutralise the Chinese flak? For example, would it be by maintaining that he needs to be engaged in high level discussions because of his primarily role as an important world religious and cultural leader, rather than his persona as a political leader and advocate for Tibetan independence?
If not, why not?
Any thoughts? regards YN