Was U.S.-China Relations Hurt by Dalai Lama Visit?

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Feb. 21 (Bloomberg) –- Eurasia Group Senior Analyst Nicholas Consonery and American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks discuss the Dalai Lama’s visit with President Obama with Matt Miller and Julie Hyman on Bloomberg Television’s “Street Smart.” (Source: Bloomberg)

What is the foreign-policy impact beyond spiritual consciousness of a meeting like this?

This is actually the third time that president obama has met with the dollar, -- dalai lama.

The chinese have protested.

There is no incentive to destabilize the relationship with the u.s. in any way.

The relationship is actually improving right now.

I think we will continue, regardless of the meeting.

Did you get any insight as to what the dalai lama wishes to achieve from the meeting?

I have no idea.

I think the president's meeting was set up after our collaboration with the dalai lam a many, many months ago.

Given that his holiness was an washington, d.c., it was only appropriate that the resident would invite him over.

I agree that it will not make any damage to the u.s.-china relationship at all.

Anybody would want to hang out with the dalai lama.

Wouldn't you, jules?

Wouldn't you, if you could get a chance?

Sure, particularly if he could carry my clubs.

[laughter] is there anything to lighten the situation?

Anything that he could do to make the u.s.-china relations better?

Nick?

I'm sure there are possibilities.

It's interesting.

When you think about how you have seen the chinese government reacts to other heads of state -- react to other heads of state meetings with the dalai lama.

They have had much sharper reactions.

You can really get a feel for this is an issue for them, but it's not one where they will risk destabilization of the u.s. relationships the way they would be willing to risk the relationship with france or the u.k.. another aspect of the meeting, capitalism.

Dan loeb also at the conference.

He is a big yogi and seeker of higher consciousness.

Which he says has been helpful to him in his business practices.

Did you find that that was a common sentiment?

When you do work with the dalai lama, and i have had the pleasure of being with him a couple times now, everything is really smooth.

He is a person full of love and compassion.

He brings that to everything he does.

When you talk about the free enterprise system, it's a very easy venue for everyone to talk about the morality that needs to go into a capitalist system.

Dan was there.

We had a professor from nyu who writes on morality.

It was a wonderful conversation.

He enlightened us in a lot of different ways.

Maybe you can tell i'm feeling really mellow.

Dan loeb does not seem like the most mellow guy and the room, does he?

He was super mellow afterwards.

We had him in a trance.

From now on we can expect dan loeb to be totally mellowed out.

Oh, yeah.

In reality, how much do we see this kind of sentiment or these type of precepts really integrated into u.s. capitalism?

The u.s. capitalist system, or any capitalist system, does not occupy itself with how conscious we are trying to be, any of the things be dalai lama was trying to talk about.

The point he wanted to make, one of the things we talked about at aei about the free enterprise system, or you cannot -- you cannot go forward without a moral sense.

That comes from adam smith.

What the dalai lama calls a sense of global brotherhood.

We are all better off.

The free enterprise system can reach down to help more people.

That is the tendency to create collectivists.

We are with you.

We are right there with you.

We are all for free enterprise and free tibet as well.

Absolutely.

Thank you for joining us.

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