Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced that President Obama would meet with The Dalai Lama in the White House on February 18th.
China has issued a public statement demanding President Obama cancel the meeting.
I have every reason to believe President Obama will proceed with his meeting with The Dalai Lama. He would look incredibly weak if he were to abruptly "call off the wrong decision" as the Chinese have so delicately put it.
But the mere fact the Chinese have made this demand public demonstrates they believe they can push Obama around. After all, Obama snubbed The Dalai Lama last October. Let's remember that President Bush not only met with The Dalai Lama on multiple occasions but bestowed him with the Congressional Gold Medal in October 2007. This is China's thinking. If Obama bows to us once he will do so again.