Roosevelt writes ... to the Dalai Lama

Roosevelt writes ... to the Dalai Lama

It is an astonishing letter that Barack Obama has just delivered to the Dalai Lama, who is currently visiting the United States. In this case it is a copy of a letter addressed to the spiritual leader of the Tibetans in 1942 by President Franklin Roosevelt to establish diplomatic relations with Tibet, at that time still independent. The missive was accompanied by a Rolex gold watch, which had marked the childhood of the Dalai Lama and awakened, it is he who says it, his interest in science. A timely nod to history for the current President of the United States who has just reiterated his support for human rights and the cultural identity of Tibet, threatened since the invasion and the forced annexation of this country by China in 1950.


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