At this stage there has been confirmation that Winston Peters, the foreign Minister will be meeting with him on tuesday.
So it isn't as though the government is ignoring his visit, and the are many other foreign visitors of importance who come to the country who may not meet with the prime minister.
Yes there is also lots of talk about pressure from the chinese government pressuring our government.
Thats the game of international politics, I neither agree nor disagree with the situation in Tibet.
Everyone needs to realise that our government needs to look after the people of New Zealand as their primary job, and therefore should tread very carefully when dealing with China.
because a free trade deal will have a lot more impact and do a lot more good for the people of New Zealand, than a meaningless gesture of defiance to those we are trying to gain closer ties with, simply due to disagreements with some of their past actions and lack of change in reversing those actions.
Lets face it, what good would it do Helen Clark to meet with the Dalai Lama? surely it would be better that he spend his time visiting the people and imparting his, as reported not inconsiderable, wisdom to them.
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Comment by timestyles, on 14-Jun-2007 17:53
A few thoughts. If we have a free trade agreement with China, does that mean that they can export to us more low quality products at super low price (as an example - look up chinese toothpaste on google news)?
Is NZ bending over when it comes to Taiwan, a bigger issue no doubt than Dalai Lama?