posted on Aug, 27 2009 @ 08:08 PM
What most people don't understand is that East Asian government pronouncements are all part of a bigger picture. They are all symbolic attempts to
distribute regional presure among one another in various ways.
Probably, nobody or very few people in power in China care about the actual issue of where the Dalai Lama visits. They are just using this as a stick
to beat Taiwan with. If it wasn't this, it would be something else.
It's like the way China and Korea issue stern denouncements of Japanese Politician visits to Yasukuni Shrine (a Shinto shrine associated with
right-wing WWII philosophies). None of these people really care if a few Tokyo politicos go to an old wooden building or not. They just use the issue
to wheedle stuff out of Japan or to exppress annoyance at more general policies. As above, even if all the Japanese policians stopped going there,
they'd find something else to complain about.
These regional protests are all symbolic and represent deeper, more tectonic and long-term power and money issues.
[edit on 8/27/09 by silent thunder]