President Obama hails Dalai Lama as 'good friend'

February 6, 2015

President Barack Obama hails the Dalai Lama as a "good friend" at a first public encounter between the two men that is sure to infuriate Beijing.

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The CIA helped the Dalai Lama to escape and set up government in 1959, and funded it $1.7 m. a year until the 1970s. The Dalai Lama himself was on the CIA's payroll from the late 1950s until 1974, reportedly receiving $US15,000 a month ($US180,000 a year). Of course he must be a 'good friend' of the US, or maybe a stooge for the US's own purposes working against China.