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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Monday, May 24, 2004

Dalai Lama UK visit riles China

Liverpool UK threatened with losing sister city status

 Dalai Lama: Spiritual Leader of the Tibetan PeopleI am constantly amazed at the time and effort the People's Republic of China goes to in it's constant one sided "battle" with the Dalai Lama the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists.

Wherever the 69 year old Lama visits the PRC uses diplomatic channels, bully tactics and threats in an attempt to have the host city or state act as it wishes towards the Dalai Lama.

Recently in Canada the Chinese threatened economic sanctions if a planned meeting between the Dalai Lama and Canada's prime minister Martin went ahead. Now a planned visit to the UK has drawn the Chinese governments attention.

Chinese officials have reportedly threatened to strip the UK port city of Liverpool of its twin-city status with Shanghai in protest over the Dalai Lama's visit there beginning this week. The city has laid out a welcome mat to the Tibetan leader and apparently has no plans to change his itinerary in spite of Chinese pressure.

The linked article by the Guardian also states that the Chinese are piqued by planned meetings by the Lama with the British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, Michael Howard, the Conservative leader and Prince Charles, son of the Queen of Britain.

The amount of hatred that must exist in the halls of the Chinese Communist party and in particular the Politburo is really beyond comprehension. In 1959 when the then young Lama fled a country in rebellion against a young Communist China yes, it would be understandable, but in 2004?

It is as irrational as it is unjustified and must give warning to the world that a leopard does not change it's spots even when now donning a bright new business suit.

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Guardian Unlimited: Dalai Lama visit riles China