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Dalai Lama To Visit Taiwan

by @ 7:54 am on August 27, 2009. Filed under China, Foreign Affairs, Tibet

This is bound to piss of the Chinese:

HONG KONG — The president of Taiwan said Thursday that he would allow the Dalai Lama to visit the island next week, a move likely to infuriate China and jeopardize rapidly improving relations between Taipei and Beijing.

The Tibetan spiritual leader is expected to arrive Monday for a six-day tour of southern Taiwan, which was ravaged by a typhoon three weeks ago that left at least 650 dead.

The invitation to the Dalai Lama was extended by several local government leaders in the south and was seen by analysts in Taiwan as a political maneuver aimed to embarrass President Ma Ying-jeou, whose approval ratings have plummeted over what is widely seen as a slow response to the devastating typhoon.

The Chinese foreign ministry had no immediate comment Thursday about the visit. But political unrest in Tibet is a highly sensitive topic for mainland China, and Beijing has sharply criticized the Dalai Lama for promoting political autonomy in the region. His visits to other countries typically draw strong rebukes from China. Beijing withdrew from a European Union summit meeting last December when the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, and other EU leaders said they planned to meet with the Dalai Lama.

“Beijing, of course, they probably have a different explanation, but for Taiwan, the Dalai Lama is visiting only in his capacity as a religious leader,” said David Chen, head of the government’s Liaison and Information Office in Taipei. “He’s coming to pray for the victims of the typhoon.”

Mr. Chen declined to comment when asked if Taipei had advised Beijing beforehand of its decision to allow the visit, but said, “We don’t think it’s going to be a factor in cross-straits relations.”

Yea, right.

One Response to “Dalai Lama To Visit Taiwan”

  1. nimo says:

    Who is more powerful?
    Government with lethal nuclear weapons or a simple monk in robe? Regime who wants to grab all / a monk who wants to give love? an ism talks equality but kills freedom/ a monk who talks liberation? A government with sharp imperialism/ a monk been driven out of his homeland? Administration with million shoulders ready to kill/ a monk with few harmless peaces loving disciple? A government who sell chemical biological weapons, secretly proliferates nuclear technology/ a monk who has nothing to offer than humanity? A government who want to disintegrate its neighbors/ a monk who is in solidarity?
    An administration with his huge material power wants to kill a monk/ a monk who can hug the worst enemy?

    Who is afraid of whom?

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