FROM John Pomfret
Obama Meets with the Dalai Lama, but Keeps It Low Key President Obama welcomed the Dalai Lama to the White House today. The meeting was originally supposed to take place last year, but was postponed due to concerns that it could trouble the waters ahead of a US-China summit last fall. Every aspect of today's meeting is being closely watched, right down to where it was held, and who did and did not attend, as we hear from John Pomfret, who reports for the Washington Post .
Understanding Tiananmen Square 20 Years Later Tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of the bloody crackdown near Tiananmen Square, when Chinese troops gunned down unarmed civilians. No one knows how many died, and the government is still trying to prevent citizens from remembering what happened. Foreign journalists have been barred from the square, Internet sharing sites have been shut down and dissidents have been confined to their homes or required to leave Beijing. John Pomfret, former Beijing Bureau Chief for the Washington Post , is author of Chinese Lessons : Five Classmates and the Story of the New China.
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