Isabel Hilton is the author of The Search for the Panchen Lama.

No, America’s China policy won’t radically change when the president meets the Dalai Lama tomorrow. But Isabel Hilton says it’s an important first step in the U.S. getting tough with China.

Obama and Chinese officials met this week for high-level policy talks, and avoided exchanges on human rights. But China expert Isabel Hilton says minority revolts in China recently show it is an empire in crisis.