China opposes Dalai Lama’s Botswana visit

The Dalai Lama’s itinerary includes a public address at the three-day “Mind and Life Dialogue” conference in Gaborone and a meeting with Botswana President Ian Khama.

Written by Apurva | Beijing | Published:July 15, 2017 5:28 am
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China on Friday opposed the Dalai Lama’s visit to Botswana scheduled next month and warned the southern African country against hosting the Tibetan leader.

The Dalai Lama’s itinerary includes a public address at the three-day “Mind and Life Dialogue” conference in Gaborone and a meeting with Botswana President Ian Khama.

Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Geng Shuang said that China “resolutely” opposed any form of contact between the Dalai Lama and government officials. “The 14th Dalai Lama is a political exile who has long been engaged in anti-China separatist activities and plotted to divide Tibet from China” Geng said.

“China’s position is clear. We hope the relevant country will understand the essence of the Dalai Lama and earnestly respect China’s core concerns and make the right decisions on the relevant issues,” Geng added.

While a similar visit sparked a diplomatic row between China and Mongolia last year, South Africa had refused the Dalai Lama a visa after pressure from China. In April, China had lodged protests with India over the Dalai Lama’s visit to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, which China claimed was part of Tibet.

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    Parthiban
    Jul 18, 2017 at 3:24 pm
    But, Botswana strongly ignored the Chinese threats.
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    Bandra
    Jul 15, 2017 at 12:16 pm
    Chinese government acts like a dog in the manger who occupies a cattle shed and prevents the cattle from entering their own home. The dog has no business to be in the cattle shed but refuses to move due to delusions of pride, greatness and hopes for dominating.It suffers from schizoprenia at times and overestimates its own powers trying to impose its will on others. This dog needs to be put at rest as it cannot see reason.
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    Kamal Pasha
    Jul 15, 2017 at 12:00 pm
    This joker appears in the news almost every month for more than 3/4 decades.
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    SP
    Jul 15, 2017 at 8:00 am
    We also strongly oppose visit by Xi Ping Pong to any country in the world. He along with Chuhia Wang can be permitted to only live in Peoples Republic of ies.
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    J Parmar
    Jul 15, 2017 at 6:46 am
    Just as China has asked the world NOT to interfere in its domestic affairs after murdering the Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo, ALL independent countries of the world must stand up to these Chinese thugs and say " Do not interfere in our domestic affairs when we choose to invite His Holiness Dalai Lama " for non-political gatherings and meetings for Human Development.
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    mark
    Jul 15, 2017 at 5:47 am
    Possibly Beijing is afraid HHDL is going to ally to Botswana to support Middle Way policies, or convert them to Buddhism, or at least invite a few of them to Dharam . In last case Botswana can become friend with India and join maritime security exercises in Malabar Coast, so 11th president afraid for good reasons.
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