The Dalai Lama's Arrival Shakes Up the 2024 Election Scene

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In September 2020, Joe Biden, then the Democratic presidential nominee, vowed to prioritize values in American foreign policy—values he argued Donald Trump had disregarded. He promised to meet the Dalai Lama, a commitment more than three years into his term he has yet to fulfill. The 88-year-old Dalai Lama's rare travel due to declining health is a plausible excuse, but his planned visit to New York this summer for knee surgery offers Biden a chance to keep his word.

A hospital visit or White House invitation would signal U.S. concern over Tibet and support for the humanitarian leader, showing Biden's independence from Chinese influence. The Dalai Lama's previous lack of interest in meeting Trump and disapproval of his “America First” rhetoric could also boost Biden's voter appeal.

The Dalai Lama's trip—the first in seven years—will follow a significant visit to Dharamsala by Representative Nancy Pelosi and a congressional delegation. Pelosi, a long-time advocate for Tibet, is disliked by Beijing for her criticism of China’s human rights record.

The Dalai Lama’s reemergence in American politics ahead of the 2024 election is positive for the Tibetan cause, often overshadowed by Chinese power. His visit is a timely reminder of American values such as religious freedom and human dignity, an opportunity Biden should not miss.

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