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Obama to postpone meeting with Dalai Lama in October.

President Barack Obama was pressured to postpone post·pone  
tr.v. post·poned, post·pon·ing, post·pones
1. To delay until a future time; put off. See Synonyms at defer1.

2. To place after in importance; subordinate.
 a meeting with Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama Dalai Lama (dä`lī lä`mə) [Tibetan,=oceanic teacher], title of the leader of Tibetan Buddhism. Believed like his predecessors to be the incarnation of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, 1935–,  until after his summit with Chinese leader Hu Jintao Hu Jintao (h` jĭn`tou`), 1942–, Chinese political leader, b. Jixi, Anhui prov. A hydroelectric engineering graduate (1965) of Qinghua Univ.  next month, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

The report said it would be the first time for Dalai Lama's visit to Washington and not meet with the US president.

The U.S. decision to postpone the meeting appears to be part of a strategy to improve ties with China.

Dalai Lama has visited Washington ten times since 1991. He will visit Washington, DC, this time from October 5-10, hosted by the International Campaign for Tibet The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) is a private non-profit advocacy group working to promote democratic freedoms for Tibetans, ensure their human rights, and protect the Tibetan culture and environment. .

He will also attend a conference with top scientists, speak at a seminar on the importance of Tibetan Buddhist culture to the world and receive a human rights award from the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice.

 The former US president George W. Bush had met with Dalai Lama publicly in 2007 and awarded him the Congressional Gold Medal
Congressional Gold Medals should not be confused with the Medal of Honor (commonly called the "Congressional Medal of Honor"), which is the highest military decoration of the United States.
, Congress's highest civilian award.
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Publication:International Business Times - US ed.
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 5, 2009
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