The Dom Post reports:
The Dalai Lama met with opposition leader Phil Goff after arriving in New Zealand with a flurry of diplomatic protocol hanging over him.
It is disappointing that John Key would not meet with the Dalai Llama, just to keep China happy. I think we should trade with China but not let them decide who we allow into New Zealand and meet with.
Mr Goff said that, if he was prime minister, he would still meet the Dalai Lama.
“I met with him when I was foreign minister, I don’t see any difference whether I’m a member of the executive or a leader of the Opposition. I’m meeting with him in his capacity as a spiritual and cultural leader and as a very nice person.”
Full credit to Goff for doing the right thing, and may it continue if he does ever achieve the top job.Tags: China, Dalai Lama, John Key, Phil Goff